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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.