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Site Map - Homeland Security

The New Administration's Plans

-  The Obama presidency must deal with numerous security challenges, including the threat of nuclear weapons trafficking and data security.

State Perspective - Wisconsin

- An interview with Brig. Gen. Donald Dunbar, Wisconsin's adjutant general, responsible for the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard and the Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management (DEM).

New Life for Terror Databases

- The University of Maryland's Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) hopes to have a unified Global Terrorism Database up and running by early 2009.

DHS Takes on Transnational Gangs

- The U.S. government has launched a program to address gang activities that span international borders.

State Perspective - Arkansas

- Interview with David Maxwell, director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management

Mapping Terrorist Planning

- Researchers at the Terrorism Research Center at the University of Arkansas have found patterns to the way domestic and international terrorists carry out their activities and attacks.

DHS Seeks Seamless Transition

- Leaders of key homeland security agencies should be chosen and vetted before the next President takes the oath of office.

Numbers

- 204 The number of canine explosives detection teams the Transportation Security Administration plans to deploy in 2008, in addition to 426 already fielded, according to the Government Accountability Office.

State Perspective - Washington

- Interview with James M. Mullen, director of Washington State's Emergency Management Division

DHS Funds to Boost Bomb Squads

- Because IEDs continue to be the terrorist weapons of choice, the Department of Homeland Security is encouraging states to allocate some of its homeland security funding to counter-IED initiatives.

Outlook for Container Scanning

- The government is unlikely to meet the 2012 deadline for scanning cargo containers headed for the United States, but the law allows for two-year extensions.

Port Financing Shows Potential

- The Port of Houston is adapting the idea of a business district as a way to find matching funds for homeland security port grants. It offers a possible model for other localities in search of funding solutions.

Counter-IED Programs

- DHS has asked that states allocate a portion of the year's homeland security grants for counter-IED efforts, although some are stretched thin handling the more imminent threat of natural disasters.
 




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