Defense

Senator seeks interagency border security task force

John Cornyn of Texas says existing organizations aren't coordinating intelligence and interdiction operations.

Defense

Senators question U.S. preparedness in wake of Japan's crisis

FEMA says there is no clear answer on first response to a nuclear plant catastrophe.

Defense

Tensions arise over revised intelligence measure

House version of authorization bill would require development of system to detect unauthorized release of government secrets.

News

Short-term funding measure to prevent shutdown expected to pass

But lawmakers don't see end game in sight to resolve disputes over funding measure for rest of year.

Defense

Senator: Feds should "put the brakes on" new nuke plants after Japanese disaster

Joe Lieberman says he doesn't want to halt new construction, but to take time for reviews of crisis in Japan.

Defense

Days of border security boosts appear over

Obama's fiscal 2012 budget request for Homeland Security does not seek big funding increases for border efforts, and actually decreases spending in some areas.

Defense

White House cuts Homeland Security, Justice grants

Fiscal 2012 request reduces or eliminates funding for several popular grant programs that help state and local communities.

Defense

Fiscal battles loom over DHS grants, disaster assistance

Homeland Security budget plan calls for $300 million less than fiscal 2011 request.

Defense

Senate probe finds gaps persist in preventing domestic attacks

Report on 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas, faults FBI and Defense Department for not taking sufficient action to identify and prevent terrorist plots.

Defense

Top intelligence panel Democrat open to spending cuts

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., is reviewing spy agency budgets for places to trim fat.

Defense

Homeland Security chief announces end of color-coded threat alerts

System has been roundly criticized for being confusing and too vague.

Defense

Report: FBI spy powers too broad

Law center calls for better oversight to avoid abuses of guidelines that allow agents to initiate surveillance without a manager’s approval and without probable cause.

Defense

House Democrats want panel overseeing intelligence spending reinstated

Democrats argue it would help ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, while Republicans counter that it would be redundant.

Defense

Senate Judiciary panel plans to review use of 'invasive' scanners at airports

Chairman Patrick Leahy says government must strike a balance between defending against terrorists and protecting citizens’ constitutional rights.

Defense

Congress faces series of homeland security decisions

Key issues range from cybersecurity to border control.

Defense

Gates moves to overhaul, boost military intelligence

Demand from ground commanders for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets continues to exceed the military’s supply, secretary says.

Defense

What critics call a ‘CRomnibus’ boosts security spending

Draft in the House includes funding for more whole-body imaging machines at airports, and for border security and immigration enforcement endeavors.

Defense

Texan expresses confidence he'll win Armed Services contest

The prospect of Silvestre Reyes becoming the top Democrat on military committee has created a complicated race for the ranking member position on Intelligence, the panel he currently chairs.

Defense

TSA chief sees airline security as his paramount concern

Pistole says enhanced physical pat-downs are necessary to ensure safety.

Defense

Panel faults agencies on notification of secret activities

The committee examined 16 instances, spanning three administrations.

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