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White House fence gets temporary spikes to deter intruders in response to 2014 incident

The Secret Service and National Park Service July 1 began installing large metal spikes along the top of the White House fence in what the agencies say is a temporary measure to deter fence jumpers.

New internal DHS report says measures needed to probe CBP corruption, use-of-force policies

The Homeland Security Advisory Council subcommittee report presented recommendations aimed at improving investigations into alleged corruption at CBP, but also said the agency's use-of-force policy guidelines need to revised.

DHS watchdog questions $67M in New York state, NYC spending of homeland grants

The audit from the department's inspector general focused on $725 million awarded to the state and city through the Homeland Security Grant Program from fiscal years 2010 through 2012. 

GAO: Defense Department officials need to assess capabilities to address chem, bio threats

The Chemical and Biological Defense Program Enterprise – comprised of 26 DoD organizations – leads the department's efforts to protect military personnel from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

US law enforcement says anti-government violence is gravest threat, new survey reveals

The survey said 74 percent of respondents listed anti-government extremism as their top concern, followed by 39 percent for Qaeda-linked extremism, 33 percent for environmental extremism and 24 percent for racist violent extremism.

No military solution to terrorist conflicts, just political ones, veteran British diplomat says

Despite policies among many nations to not negotiate with terrorists, the chief British negotiator for the Northern Ireland peace deal said there should be open channels with al Qaeda, the Taliban and other such groups. 

GAO: DHS steps help small business gain more contracting opportunities, but more data needed

The department issued 74 EAGLE II task orders, almost all of which was issued to small businesses. But the $591 million in orders represent only 3 percent of the strategic sourcing program's potential $22 billion value.

US intelligence official: Wildlife trafficking has broader ties to terrorism, other criminal activity

In 2013, the United Nations issued a report that linked Joseph Kony, who is leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a guerilla group that used to operate in Uganda, to elephant poachers in Central Africa.

Global poll finds majorities in many countries favor US military action against Islamic State

The wide-ranging Pew report, which focused on America's global image among other international attitudes, said a median of 62 percent of nations surveyed supported the United States' fight against the Islamic State, while a median of 24 percent were opposed.

Violence from terrorism rises globally in 2014 from prior year, new think tank report finds

The Global Peace Index said total deaths from terrorism increased by 9 percent to about 20,000. The largest increases in terrorist activity occurred in Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria, the second most deadly country for terrorism after Iraq.

Action on global warming now could have significant benefits for US, new EPA report says

Countering global warming through greenhouse gas reduction could have significant economic, health and environmental benefits, including saving thousands of lives and avoiding billions of dollars on infrastructure maintenance and damage costs.

House Homeland Security Committee releases new monthly snapshot of terror threats

There have been two dozen plots linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria against Western targets in the first half of this year, up from 19 over the entire course of last year, according to the new monthly feature.

White House looks to bolster infrastructure resilience with new transportation and climate data

The White House hopes releasing transportation-related data will enhance the nation's resilience to extreme weather events linked to climate change, which could have a serious impact on U.S. transportation systems.

Defense Department continues to update plans to protect US interests in Arctic region, GAO says

As melting sea ice opens once blocked portions of the Arctic to commerce, the Defense Department is stepping up efforts to support other federal agencies' activities in the region as well as update plans and future needs.

GAO: USCIS system modernization effort will cost $1B more, take another 4 years to complete

The initiative was supposed to be implemented by June 2014 and cost $2.1 billion, but with the transition to a new architecture, the effort was pushed out to August 2016 and then to March 2019.

Interconnected technologies, sensors could enhance 'smart fire fighting,' new report says

The report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Fire Protection Research Foundation said technologies could provide useful information to first responders when they need it and even help with code enforcement, prevention, training, salvage and investigations.

FEMA gets good marks for dealing with 2014 mudslide in Washington state, audit concludes

The March 22, 2014 mudslide that engulfed the town of Oso traveled at 200 miles per hour and covered about 318 acres, destroying 37 structures. A pool of water that formed behind the debris flooded other houses and structures.

High-ranking US Southern Command official says drug interdiction efforts could be in peril

A U.S. joint military task force's progress in detecting, monitoring and stopping illicit drug trafficking from South America, Central America and the Caribbean could be in "jeopardy" due to defense cutbacks and limited resources.

New Lloyd's report says major global food system disruptions could trigger civil unrest

Although there's great uncertainty over the impact that climate change will have on world food production in the coming decades, the general consensus is that it will be negative.

Treat Islamic State as nation-state in order to fight it, counterinsurgency expert proposes

An effective military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria should strike at what essentially makes it a nation-state, namely rolling back its territory and disrupting its sales of commodities on the international market.