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Senate aide sees bipartisanship on security 'fraying'

January 27, 2003 The senior aide on appropriations issues for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., on Monday voiced concern that funding disputes are straining bipartisan relations on homeland security issues. Bill Hoagland, the director of budget and appropriations in the majority leader's office, told a gathering of security contractors that the bipartisanship...

Defense office focuses on 'operational experimentation'

January 21, 2003 The official with the hefty task of sparking visionary transformation of the U.S. military sees technology as integral to achieving his goals. "The interesting part [of what the office does] is that we can get a piece of entirely new technology, put it in the operating forces [and] do some...

New Senate chair voices concerns on information sharing, cybersecurity

January 10, 2003 New Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, has deep concerns about the privacy implications of the government's movement toward the use of combined government databases to help fight terrorism. Converging the previously unconnected databases of various agencies that are becoming part of the new Homeland Security Department "gives...

National cybersecurity plan omits industry mandates

January 6, 2003 The latest version of the national cybersecurity plan expected to be presented to President Bush within the next month encourages the private sector to do more to protect the Internet but without mandates on industry, which had been proposed in the initial draft released publicly last September. Internet service providers...

Homeland Security contractors may get indemnification

January 2, 2003 The defense and technology industries are hopeful that in the coming weeks, the Bush administration will commit to picking up the tab for some future lawsuits involving homeland security products and services provided to government. The White House is expected to circulate a draft modifying a longstanding executive order under...

Agencies seek stronger controls on trade in dual-use technologies

December 18, 2002 In the Bush administration's effort to attack the rising problem of sensitive products falling into the wrong hands through trade, technology cuts two ways. "Technologies with sensitive military applications frequently have legitimate commercial applications as well," John Schlosser, director of the Office of Export Control Cooperation at the State Department's...

Budget battles could jeopardize homeland security efforts

December 16, 2002 The inability of Congress to clear 11 of its 13 annual appropriations bills is impacting homeland security efforts and could jeopardize some White House priorities for next year, congressional experts said Monday at an Equity International event. The budget for the Homeland Security Department will be drawn from nine of...

Ex-Defense officials form investment fund for small tech firms

December 13, 2002 A team of veterans of the defense community is forming a venture-capital fund designed to address the gap between small commercial technology firms and the government's needs for military and homeland security goals. "You have a discontinuity between how the government and commercial world operate," said David Oliver, a former...

Defense to influence tech industry to develop systems useful to military

December 5, 2002 Retired Vice Adm. Arthur Cebrowski, head of the Defense Department's office for modernizing the military, said on Thursday that he will seek to influence commercial technology development at the earliest stages to encourage more appropriate military technologies. "We need to broaden the technology base and marketplace and influence it so...

Homeland department could transform tech industry

November 27, 2002 The creation of a Homeland Security Department may presage more than better domestic security. It could mark the transformation of the technology industry from an economically flat maker of consumer-oriented products into a thriving, but more secretive, machine that creates security-oriented products and services. "The homeland security opportunity [for tech...