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Report: US needs to adopt minimal national security standard for cybersecurity

The United States cannot allow cyber insecurity in information systems to reach a point where weaknesses would result in leaders "unwilling to make a decision or unable to act on a decision fundamental to our national security," said a new think tank report, suggesting a new national security standard for what's important to protect in cyberspace.

IG: Long-delayed repairs to US radiation detection system addressed, readiness enhanced

Improvements to a national radiation monitoring system hampered by long-delayed repairs and maintenance has improved the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to assess such threats to the public and environment, a July 22 internal audit has found.

Report: Explosion of electric grid-connected devices will complicate security

The proliferation of smart-grid technology and the integration of more devices into the electric grid system will only add to the complex security matters facing the grid in the United States, says a report from the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

Trio of Democrats urges DHS watchdog to investigate Motorola practices

Three top House Democrats are urging the Homeland Security Department inspector general to investigate questionable tactics by Motorola related to sales of public safety communications equipment to government agencies.

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.

FCC issues proposed rules for improving Emergency Alert System

The Federal Communications Commission is making several recommendations that it says will help improve the nation's public warning system, including a requirement to ensure that even people with disabilities get emergency alerts.

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.

Coast Guard faces challenges in fulfilling mission with aging fleet, GAO says long-term planning helps

A high-ranking U.S. Coast Guard officer told a House transportation subcommittee June 18 that the service doesn't have enough funding to modernize its fleet and support systems, making it challenging to fulfill its complex and broad mission.

GAO: Securing industrial radiological sources a challenge

Industrial companies and other licensees that use high-risk radiological sources still face challenges in securing such materials, mainly insider threats and the theft or loss of portable sources, congressional investigators said in a recent report.

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.