Hearings begin on DHS proposal to combine WMD defense activities

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies and the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communication began hearing testimony Tuesday regarding defense activity at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The hearing is focusing on a DHS plan to consolidate defense activities involving weapons of mass destruction and explosives to improve response capabilities against an attack and in order to better prepare, neutralize or mitigate these threats. 

The hearing is being presided over by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), who chairs the  emergency preparedness subcommittee, and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), who chairs the cybersecurity subcommittee.

The first panel of witnesses will consist of the following DHS Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Huban Gowadia; Assistant Secretary of the Office of Health Affairs Kathryn Brinsfield and Under Secretary for Science and Technology Reginald Brothers were scheduled to appear first at the hearing.. 

Also slated to appear at the hearing are Former Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Warren Smith and Senior Associate of the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Rick Nelson. 

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