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New DHS disaster preparedness ads play down terrorism

December 1, 2006 The Homeland Security Department has rolled out a new crop of commercials designed make families aware of the need to prepare for catastrophic emergencies including the aftermath of terrorism. However, the new public service announcements never mention terrorism as they direct viewers to the government disaster preparedness Web site

CBO: Missile defense spending to peak in 2016 at $15 billion

November 9, 2006 Current plans indicate that annual spending on the missile defense system will peak in 2016 at about $15 billion, according to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. The government has spent billions on a missile shield designed to protect the United States and its allies from the threat...

Group modifies preparedness Web site after DHS complains

September 7, 2006 In response to a request from the Homeland Security Department, the Federation of American Scientists has made its version of the government's emergency preparedness Web site slightly less identical to the original. Homeland Security claimed the use of the logo and design from its Web site,, by the federation...

Lawmakers may cut nuclear detection office funding

August 3, 2006 In the web of agencies working to stop a nuclear weapon from creeping across the border or being carried off a ship at one of the nation's ports, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office is somewhere near the center. As officials often put it, the office is in charge of developing...

DHS plans new nuclear detectors at ports

July 17, 2006 The Homeland Security Department announced Friday a $1.2 billion plan to deploy more-advanced radiological screening devices at the nation's ports, hoping to increase detection capabilities and reduce the number of nuisance alarms caused by existing systems. By 2011, the department expects to have 1,400 of the next-generation screeners deployed at...

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