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Congressional Research Service finds renewed focus on domestic terrorism

Countering domestic terrorism appears to have become a top priority again at the Justice Department, according to a brief from the Congressional Research Service.

DHS seeks to 'mature' program to ensure security, safety of high-risk chemical facilities

The department on Aug. 18 published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, asking the public and other stakeholders how to 'fullly mature' the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, or CFATS, program and improve it.

FBI tightening use of national security letters after extensive review, but typo problem persists

The FBI has made notable strides in bringing its practices around national security letters more into compliance with the law, but not when it comes to typographical errors, says a new report from the Justice Department's inspector general.

In letter, federal judge criticizes Senate bill aimed at reforming NSA surveillance programs

A federal judge, who has served on the secret national-security court, said that certain provisions within a new Senate reform bill overhauling surveillance programs would "undermine the twin goals of protecting privacy and national security."

White House, African nations announce security intiaitive to counter terrorism, other threats

To deal with terrorist groups, drug trafficking and other threats in Africa, the United States and six African countries recently announced a partnership to enhance security governance and capacity.

IG: Space-based sensors being developed to detect nuclear detonations needs greater oversight

The Energy Department inspector general said it could not independently validate whether space-based sensors being developed to detect nuclear detonations globally will be delivered on time and on budget to the Air Force.

House passes three bills designed to strengthen efforts against cyber threats

The House on July 28 passed a trio of bipartisan bills designed to bolster cybersecurity in the crticial infrastructure sector and support the Homeland Security Department's new cybersecurity workforce.

Terrorism analyst: Lone-wolf narrative overstated

Intelligence agencies and analysts have far overestimated the threat posed by so-called "lone wolf" terrorists, a prominent Spanish terrorism analyst said July 15 during a talk at the Brookings Institution.

NATO seeks software to help it prevent chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents

According to a solicitation posted on FedBizOps July 8, NATO's Communications and Information Agency is seeking commercial-off-the-shelf software that will provide command and control functionality, which would also protect forces from effects of such incidents.

DoD: Budget constraints mean military "will accept risk" in countering WMDs

The new Defense Department strategy for countering weapons of mass destruction reflects how even the military's most critical missions are subject to the realities of an era of limited budgets. The strategy, released June 30, replaces a counter-WMD strategy that the department published eight years ago.