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Lawmakers: DoD, HHS bioterror programs redundant

Last October, the DoD began construction of a 30 acre complex for medical countermeasure manufacturing in Alachua, Fla., near Gainesville. It expects to complete the facility by the end of fiscal 2015.  But HHS already runs three manufacturing facilities for medical countermeasures, which are vaccines and medicines for possible pandemics or bioterror attacks.

Teen tweet on terrorist threat results in arrest

Dutch police today arrested a teenager after she tweeted on Sunday a terrorist threat to American Airlines in what she quickly said was a joke.

Jones: Look beyond al Qaeda, drone strikes

Counterterrorism expert Seth Jones cautioned lawmakers not to dwell too much on the core of al Qaeda and lose sight of other groups during a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing April 8. "Using the core al Qaeda and its strength or weakness as a gauge of the movement in my view is increasingly anachronistic," Jones said.  

TRIA saves taxpayer dollars, says Rand

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act saves taxpayer dollars, say two Rand scientists. The act makes the government a source of last-resort financial support in case terrorist attack-related insurance claims rise above a high threshold. The law's seven year authorization comes to an end this year.

OIGs: No need for major changes after Boston Marathon bombing

A review of the federal government's intelligence on Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, says there is no need for significant changes to how counterterrorism agencies handle and share information.

Senate confirms two high-level DHS nominees

The Senate Monday confirmed two Homeland Security Department undersecretaries, further dropping the agency's rate of high-level vacancies.

Centers for manufacturing emergency influenza vaccine ready in next few years

One of three organizations hired by the Health and Human Services Department for surge vaccine production in the event of a pandemic should be running at full capacity within three years, department officials say.

CFATS legislation advances to full House Homeland Security Committee

Legislation authorizing for three years the Homeland Security Department's dangerous chemical substance regulation program is now set to face the full House Homeland Security Committee following a Thursday vote.

Muslim group issues detailed guide to intervene before violence

An extensive guide for thwarting violent extremism in the Muslim community calls for intervention in the lives of those who appear headed toward violence and, if that fails, ejection from the community. The Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Los Angeles-based advocacy group, published the 139-page  guide.

Tsarnaev never pulled for secondary inspection despite TECS notices

A misspelling of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's last name and entry of an incorrect birthdate into a federal database contributed to the future Boston Marathon bomber easily passing through U.S. airport security when on a 2012 trip to Caucasus region.