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Opposition to Army sexual assault database grows

Proposed system for tracking incidents has yet to be launched.

Dems seeking retroactive coverage for hurricane victims

House and Senate last week approved emergency legislation to increase FEMA's borrowing authority from $3.5 billion to $18.5 billion to pay flood insurance claims related to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

National security whistleblowers boycott upcoming hearing

Subcommittee defends proposed witness list, which includes inspectors general and a former FBI agent.

CIA veterans speak out against torture

Ex-officers worry that proposed exemption to anti-torture legislation would institutionalize the practice.

Judge sets date to consider challenge to Defense personnel rules

Hearing set for Jan. 24 in union lawsuit against National Security Personnel System.

Defense Department helps secure former Soviet 'antiplague' sites

Sites established as a means of detecting, assessing and thwarting spread of dangerous diseases are viewed as potential proliferation and public health threats.

Lawmakers seek more disaster relief contracts for small businesses

Bill would require DHS to create a new database of small, disadvantaged companies available for recovery work.

House chairman seeks to speed talks on Defense bill

Authorization bill approves military personnel accounts, including bonuses that would expire before Congress returns in January.

Congress OKs funds to fortify planes against attack

But House lawmakers said preliminary results of program "are not entirely encouraging."

Former NASA executive to head Homeland Security aviation unit

Michael Kostelnik to step in during difficult transition period for new aviation wing.