Category Archives: U.S. Policy

Armed Services Committee chair releases defense reform

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)

Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry (R-TX), announced a proposal to reform defense policies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday. His plan, the Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act, would ideally be incorporated … Read More »

House preparedness panel focuses on chemical agents

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) held her first meeting last week as chairwoman of the House Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Subcommittee. During the hearing, she heard testimony from representatives of local municipalities nationwide and from the Department of Homeland … Read More »

Kirk testifies on chemical threat response

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Mark Kirk, the director of the Office of Health Affairs’ (OHA) Threats Resilience Division’s Chemical Defense Program, on Thursday provided written testimony to the House Committee on Homeland Security on chemical agents and response measures. Kirk opened his testimony recounting … Read More »

Article says U.S. should follow biological weapons ban

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A recent column from Bulletin states that following the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) is in the United States’ best interest for national and international security. This comes in response to another column published by the website that claimed biological weapons … Read More »

FEMA announces mitigation program changes

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released changes to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Guidance program documentation, the International Association of Emergency Managers reported Thursday. The changes allow for areas to be more streamlined and more efficient within the Hazard … Read More »

ACC praises Chemical Safety Act

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Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), praised the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century Act and urged for the legislature to pass it on Tuesday. The bill was introduced by Sens. … Read More »

King, Pascrell urge colleagues to pass the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)

Reps. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) called on members of Congress on Monday to direct the secretary of Homeland Security to make anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials available to emergency response providers as part of H.R. 1300, the First … Read More »

Strategic Command hosts ITWAA conference

U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney (left), U.S. Strategic Command commander, speaks during an Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment stakeholder

Representatives from the Department of Defense and the U.S. Strategic Command reviewed the Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment (ITWAA) during a Nuclear Enterprise Stakeholder’s Conference, they reported Thursday. Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, led the forum … Read More »

Johnson praises passage of DHS appropriation bill

Jeh Johnson

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johson hailed the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to pass a full-year appropriations bill to fund the department on Tuesday. The senate had passed the bill Friday. The bill provides … Read More »

Committee on Foreign Affairs votes to increase North Korean sanctions

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The House Committee on Foreign Affairs voted to approve strengthening sanctions against North Korea on Friday. In light of the hacking attacks against Sony Pictures believed to have been carried out by North Korea, legislation written by Committee Chairman Ed … Read More »

House committee launches anti-terror task force

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The House Committee on Homeland Security said on Wednesday that a task force has been established to address efforts by the government to prevent terror attacks. The bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel is made up … Read More »

Napolitano calls for DHS funding bill

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano, current president of the University of California and former secretary of Homeland Security,  released a statement on Thursday in which she urges Congress to pass a bill to fund the department. In the statement, she stresses the importance … Read More »

2014 PHEMCE strategy and implementation plan released

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2014 Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) Strategy and Implementation Plan on Tuesday. HHS officials say national health security is bolstered by development of medical countermeasures, specifically with regard … Read More »

Baldwin co-sponsors first-response readiness bill

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said on Tuesday that she is co-sponsoring a bill to improve training and support for first-response personnel. She joins Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in sponsoring the Railroad Emergency Serviced Preparedness, Operational Needs and Safety Evaluation … Read More »

Homeland chief calls on Congress to OK funding

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson gave an address on Tuesday in which he stressed the importance of funding for his department and what the consequences would be if funding were not renewed by this Friday’s deadline. The department currently is … Read More »