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GAO lashes U.S. effort to employ Russian weapons scientists

January 14, 2008 WASHINGTON -- A U.S. program intended to keep Russian weapons scientists employed and prevent them from selling information or assistance to other nations has directed significant amounts of money to scientists not claiming to have weapons-related experience, the Government Accountability Office reported Friday. Also, about 15 percent of the scientists...

European ports install radiation detectors as U.S. delays

November 27, 2007 EDINBURGH -- European officials are forging ahead with plans to deploy more-expensive, next-generation radiation detectors at ports in Belgium and the Netherlands even as the United States is delaying plans to deploy the new equipment due to questions about technical efficacy. Just last week, U.S. officials announced that the Homeland...

Lawmakers propose nuclear plant no-fly zones

August 22, 2007 Lawmakers representing New York have introduced a bill that would permit the head of homeland security to declare no-fly zones around certain nuclear power plants, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sees little need for such a measure. In a post-Sept. 11 world nuclear power reactors are seen as potential targets...

DHS aims to spur innovation in radiation detection

August 20, 2007 When Charles Ferguson was studying for his doctorate in the early 1990s, the science of radiation detection and the basic physics behind it were not particularly sexy topics. "That was considered sort of ho-hum," said Ferguson, a physicist and now a fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. "There wasn't...

Coast Guard considering drones to watch long coastlines

June 18, 2007 The Coast Guard is exploring the possibility of deploying unmanned "drone" aircraft to monitor coastlines that go largely unwatched, the service's head of vessel inspections said Friday. The planes would be able to linger over stretches of coast and improve the tracking of small vessels under 300 gross tons that...

DHS official pushes launch of new nuclear detectors

April 12, 2007 NEW YORK - Heartened by recent test results in Nevada, the director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office said Wednesday he expects to recommend next-generation nuclear detectors be cleared for deployment in July. The detection office, a division within the Homeland Security Department, is about halfway through a test run...

DHS seeks help investigating nuclear detection gaps

March 26, 2007 The Homeland Security Department plans to enlist experts both inside and outside the government to launch a program probing the vulnerabilities of the nation's nuclear detection network. The assessment would take place even as the United States continues to develop its radiation detection systems and looks to invest more than...

DHS considers nuclear detector tests in New York

March 15, 2007 The Homeland Security Department is scheduled to decide this week whether to formally begin testing next-generation radiation detectors at a sea cargo terminal in New York City. Following approval to begin testing at the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island, the portal machines would be put in place for...

Legislators propose measure to speed up biodefense program

February 22, 2007 Lawmakers have introduced legislation hoping to improve an effort to develop medical countermeasures for WMD attacks. The bill, introduced in the House this week, is an attempt to address the lagging pace of Project Bioshield, a federal effort that has delivered little since it was launched nearly three years ago....

Auditor cites progress resolving flaws in Biowatch program

February 8, 2007 The Homeland Security Department's biological agent detection system in more than 30 cities has been overhauled after years of poor management, according to the agency's oversight office. Released Wednesday, the report by the Homeland Security Inspector General's Office described a number of problems with the Biowatch monitoring network that could...

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