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Traditional communications systems reliable in disasters, panelists say

Problems with power supplies, infrastructure and training make emerging technologies less appealing for emergency responders.

Defense business modernization still a work in progress

Department has completely satisfied only one of six requirements in 2005 law, GAO says.

Groups differ on countering shoulder-fired missile threat

Airline industry representative, defense contractors square off over what government should do to protect commercial airplanes.

More Border Patrol agents to be deployed to southern border

Homeland Security says move is part of a comprehensive strategy to curb illegal immigration.

FEMA officials: Military delayed Superdome evacuation

Agency official in New Orleans said he constantly had to "rein in" Defense officials who wanted to take control of relief operations.

House panel sets up border security floor vote next week

Bill likely to pass full House, but unlikely to gain traction in Senate; Democrats decry lack of guest worker program.

Congress settles dispute over Snow's Secret Service detail

Treasury Department -- accustomed to free protection for its secretary-- will now need to pick up the tab.

Federal offices in New Orleans area gradually open doors

Half of government facilities in the region are estimated to be up and running.

Army project illustrates promise, shortcomings of data mining

Maverick analysts in 2000 turned up names of some 9/11 hijackers, but methods called into question.

Panel proposes wider use of private baggage screeners

Bill would give airport owners a way around cap on federal screeners.