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Site Map - Homeland Security

Questioning Aid

- The Government Accountability Office criticizes how funds for the State Department's Antiterrorism Assistance program are used.

State Perspective - Idaho

- Interview with Col. William Shawver, director of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security.

Homeland Security: Lost in Space?

- The Department of Homeland Security will likely face opposition in the courts if it goes ahead with its plans to redirect its spy satellites on domestic targets, says the Congressional Research Service.

Intelligence Sharing Improves

- A new team of analysts sifts through national security intelligence to find items relevant to state and local officials.

Information Sharing

- The Interagency Threat Assessment Coordination Group (ITACG) is up and runnning at the National Counterterrorism Center, distilling international- and national-level intelligence for use by state and local agencies, administrators recently told lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Port Public-Private Partnerships

- Officials in Harris County, Texas, home to the Port of Houston, are pursuing a novel approach to fund port-wide security, specifically the local matching funds required by federal Port Security Grant Program awards. The Texas legislature has authorized establishment of a self-governed management district that could levy supplemental property taxes, solely for funding matching requirements.

Numbers

- 18 The percentage drop in apprehensions at the southern border for the first quarter of 2008. According to testimony by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the reduction is a trend (apprehensions dropped 20 percent overall in 2007 from the previous year) and indicates that fewer immigrants are attempting to enter the country illegally.

State Perspective - Oklahoma

- Interview with Kerry Pettingill, director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security.

Calculating the Margin of Terror

- A new behavioral modeling software program tries to predict how a terrorist organization will act given an environmental variable.

Probing Ports' Murky Depths

- A new sonar array installed at a port in New Hampshire monitors underwater areas for suspicious activity.

Worldwide Terrorism by Tactic

- Quarterly tactic data on terrorist incidents from the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base.

State Perspective—South Carolina

- Interview with Ronald C. Osborne, director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Conventional Weapons, Unconventional Threat

- The RAND Corp. analyzes what would happen if terrorists got their hands on hi-tech weaponry.
 




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