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Los Alamos scientists develop new method to detect smuggled nukes

February 22, 2005 Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico have developed a way to use cosmic radiation to help detect nuclear weapons or materials possibly being smuggled into the United States, the laboratory announced Saturday. The technique involves the use of muons, which are produced when cosmic radiation decays...

Homeland Security to build Maryland biological defense center

February 4, 2005 A recently completed environmental review conducted by the Homeland Security Department found that a proposed biological defense center to be built in Maryland would pose "negligible to minor risks" to the health of workers and local residents, according to a notice published today in the Federal Register. As a result,...

Departing DOE chief describes improvements to nuclear weapons complex

January 20, 2005 Nearing the end of his tenure as U.S. Energy secretary, Spencer Abraham this week detailed the progress his agency has made in improving the security of U.S. nuclear weapons-related sites. "My philosophy on security has been quite simple," Abraham told departmental security personnel Tuesday. "When it comes to the security...

DOE weighs random polygraph tests for employees

January 19, 2005 The Energy Department is considering administering random polygraph tests to some personnel as part of new counterintelligence regulations proposed this month. Those who could be subject to the random tests include personnel with access to classified nuclear weapons-related information, according to a notice published Jan. 7 in the Federal Register....

Biological attack likely by 2020, report warns

January 14, 2005 A terrorist group is "likely" to conduct an attack using biological weapons by 2020, according to a report released Thursday by a CIA think tank. Over the next 15 years, successes in the global war on terrorism and advances in information technology are likely to result in an increasingly "decentralized"...

Senate homeland security panel to add staff

January 14, 2005 The newly launched Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee plans to hire additional staff to address issues arising from the panel's expanded jurisdiction over the Homeland Security Department, committee staff said. In a written response to Global Security Newswire, committee staff said that the additional personnel would be hired...

Bush reiterates support for intelligence bill

December 1, 2004 Amid calls for greater White House involvement in efforts to pass the stalled intelligence reform bill, President Bush on Tuesday strongly stated his support for the measure "Let's see if I can say it as plainly as I can - I am for the intelligence bill," Bush said during a...

Nuclear plants meet deadline for security improvements

November 1, 2004 The main trade organization for the U.S. nuclear industry announced Friday that all 103 U.S. nuclear power plants have implemented increased security measures in response to changes made by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as to the type of terrorist threat plants must be able to defend against. There are concerns,...

U.S., Russia, upgrade security at Russian nuclear weapons bases

October 18, 2004 The United States and Russia last month completed initial projects to help improve security at Russian nuclear weapons sites, a U.S. Energy Department official said Friday. Upgrades at two Russian military bases are part of an effort by the National Nuclear Security Administration to improve security at 17 sites controlled...

Senate approves Governmental Affairs overhaul

October 13, 2004 The Senate voted 79-6 Saturday to approve a resolution modifying the structure of several committees, including the Governmental Affairs Committee, to improve oversight of homeland security and intelligence issues. In addition to overhauling the Senate Intelligence Committee by reducing the number of panel members from 17 to 15 and removing...

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