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Confronting climate change important to US national security, Defense Department says

The Defense Department released a plan Oct. 13 to adapt operations, training, infrastrucutre and resources to effects from climate change, saying it poses an immediate threat to national security.

Many states still not moving forward on climate change adaptation, research finds

At least half the states are not treating climate change with any urgency, according to the Georgetown Climate Center, which recently unveiled a new online tool that helps users see progress their states are making in adapting to the issue.

Insider threat to critical infrastructure 'underestimated', says DHS

Critical infrastructure owners and operators lack credible, sector-specific, insider-threat information to help drive security investments. But, even with "relatively robust" preventative programs in place, it's nearly impossible to entirely eliminate the threat of a malicious insider, says the Homeland Security Department's national protection and programs directorate.

New advanced superconductor cable could make power disruptions obsolete

Power outages could be a thing of the past if a more reliable and resilient advanced superconductor cable is successfully developed and tested by the Homeland Security Department.

Audit finds numerous IT-related security problems for DHS agencies at airport

An internal audit found that the Homeland Security Department's IT systems and assets at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had inadequate security measures, which could potentially be exploited or compromised.

GAO: DHS needs a better approach to assess vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure

Congressional investigators said the Homeland Security Department needs a better way to consistently assess vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure despite conducting thousands of reviews in recent years.

Official: US laws need to be updated to help DHS better tackle cyber threats and attacks

A top Homeland Security Department official told Senate lawmakers Sept. 10 that Congress needs to update laws to help the department better tackle the growing threat of cyber threats and attacks.

DHS's science and technology arm developing long-term, 'big picture' strategic plan

DHS' Science and Technology Directorate is seeking input from other federal, state, local, local, territorial, nongovernmental and private-sector organizations to help develop the "big picture" plan and define core "North Star" visionary goals.

Cultural differences complicate responses to international CBRN incidents, report says

Cultural differences can be a key hurdle in responding to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents in foreign countries, says a report from the National Research Council.

UPDATED- Researchers find security flaws in body X-ray scanners now used in some gov't facilities

A team of university researchers said, in lab tests, they were able to hide firearms and other contraband from full-body, backscatter X-ray machines that were used at U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013.