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Threat Connector

April 1, 2006 Two years ago, John Brennan got the nod to build a new kind of intelligence organization. But to do it, he had to persuade the most powerful, turf-conscious agencies in government to donate staff and money. On May 1, 2003, the top echelon of the U.S. intelligence community gathered to ...

Dicey Diplomacy

March 15, 2006 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's pro-democracy push in radical countries rattles Foreign Service ranks. Pundits wasted little time predicting the apocalypse after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced her "transformational diplomacy" initiative during a Jan. 18 speech at Georgetown University. There is serious risk it could "implode from an overdose ...

Wasted Year

March 1, 2006 From in-house bickering to a fumbled national crisis, the Homeland Security Department is still a mess. Patience has worn thin with Homeland Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff since he took the reins last March, even among those who have labored in the department's trenches and usually could be counted on ...

Swamped

February 1, 2006 National Flood Insurance policyholders are left to sink or swim on their own. Maryland retirees Bill and Dana Davis were awakened by their son in the predawn of Sept. 19, 2003, to flee their home. Nearby waterways were flooding the area, engorged with rain by Hurricane Isabel, which had hit ...

Swarming Information

January 11, 2006 The now infamous failure of national security agencies to share information that might have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks led Congress, the White House and the organizations themselves to attempt major changes. But for the most part, those reforms have been plagued by familiar problems: turf wars, slow-moving bureaucracy and ...

Swarming Information

January 1, 2006 To net terrorists, abandon bureaucracy. The now infamous failure of national security agencies to share information that might have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks led Congress, the White House and the organizations themselves to attempt major changes. But for the most part, those reforms have been plagued by familiar problems: ...

Getting Serious

December 14, 2005 "We didn't do this sort of thing at the CIA," Charlie Allen mutters good-naturedly as he poses for a photographer, trying to ignore a strobe light flashing less than a yard from his face. The new intelligence chief for the Homeland Security Department, Allen - who spent 47 very good ...

Getting Serious

December 1, 2005 Charlie Allen is repackaging Homeland Security intelligence to boost the department's reputation. "We didn't do this sort of thing at the CIA," Charlie Allen mutters good-naturedly as he poses for a photographer, trying to ignore a strobe light flashing less than a yard from his face. The new intelligence chief ...

Medical Catastrophe

November 1, 2005 No one's in charge, the plan's incomplete and resources aren't sufficient if we suffer mass casualties in an overwhelming disaster. As the White House and Congress grow increasingly alarmed over the possibility of a deadly flu pandemic and scramble to spend billions on vaccines, health experts say the United States ...

House panel to probe federal medical response capacity

October 19, 2005 As the most damaging hurricane season in U.S. history continues, a congressional panel is trying to understand how the federal government provides doctors, medicine and supplies to affected areas following a disaster. The House Homeland Security Committee is slated to hold a hearing Thursday focusing on how the federal medical ...