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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.

DHS to step up security measures at overseas airports, no specific threat cited

Citing unnamed global threats, the Homeland Security Department said July 2 that it will implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

US government needs to conduct comprehensive strategic review of lethal drones, new report says

The Obama administration needs to conduct a "rigorous strategic review" and cost-benefit analysis of the use of drones in counterterrorism efforts, said a new report on lethal drones released by a nonpartisan task force co-chaired by a former U.S. Central Command commander.

Federal judge orders US government to amend no-fly list redress procedures

A federal judge in Oregon said June 24 that the federal government's "no-fly list" redress process is unconstitutional and ordered it to revamp its procedures following a lawsuit brought by 13 U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

GAO: US counterterrorism program in West Africa needs to better track, manage, report funds

The primary U.S. counterterrorism program in northwest Africa – where terrorist groups including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram operate – has spent about $140 million since 2009, but program managers were unable to easily provide data on the status of the funds, a congressional investigation has found.

GAO: State Department counterterrorism program in Africa needs strengthening

A State Department regional bureau, which manages a $104 million U.S. counterterrorism program in East Africa, lacks sufficient financial and operational data to determine whether plans and goals are being met, congressional investigators said.

DHS spent $61M on next generation BioWatch technology before canceling it

That money was spent on testing and evaluating technologies that DHS hoped would improve BioWatch, a program that aims to detect the presence of biological threats like anthrax in the air. It is active in more than 30 U.S. cities.

GAO: Treasury needs more data and analysis to better assess TRIA's effectiveness- UPDATED

The Treasury Department lacks comprehensive market data and analysis to know whether a federal program is making affordable terrorism risk insurance widely available, congressional investigators recently found.