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2021-10-21 17:52:52
by TWN Staff
Government Unveils Suite of Analyses on Climate Change

Several federal agencies representing the core of the executive branch’s national security and foreign policy apparatus, are releasing a suite... Read More

Several federal agencies representing the core of the executive branch’s national security and foreign policy apparatus, are releasing a suite of reports on the impact of climate change at home and abroad, and particularly on how to deal with the... Read More

2021-07-19 17:10:47
by Reece Nations
Staff Countering Nation’s Biggest Threats Suffer from Low Morale, Report Finds

WASHINGTON — Government employees tasked with detecting and countering the threat posed to the nation by weapons of mass destruction... Read More

WASHINGTON — Government employees tasked with detecting and countering the threat posed to the nation by weapons of mass destruction continue to suffer from low morale and ambivalence about their mission, a new government report shows. The report from the... Read More

2021-06-17 14:38:29
by Kate Michael
Cardin Looks to Establish U.S. Anti-Corruption Policy As National Security Priority

WASHINGTON --  Three years ago, the World Economic Forum estimated the global cost of corruption to be at least $2.6... Read More

WASHINGTON --  Three years ago, the World Economic Forum estimated the global cost of corruption to be at least $2.6 trillion, or 5% of the global gross domestic product.  From illicit finance to bribery and graft, financial crimes have generally... Read More

2020-12-17 18:28:13
by Reece Nations
Reps. Murphy, Katko Feature Lt. Gen McMaster in Latest National Security Expert Briefing

WASHINGTON — In the fourth session of their ongoing virtual national security briefing series entitled “National Security in the Shadow... Read More

WASHINGTON — In the fourth session of their ongoing virtual national security briefing series entitled “National Security in the Shadow of COVID-19,” Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and John Katko, R-N.Y., hosted retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to discuss how the... Read More

2020-11-23 20:19:30
by Dan McCue
Biden Makes History Nominating First Latino Homeland Security Chief, First Woman to Head Intelligence

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden unveiled several of his top national security picks on Monday, his campaign revealing he... Read More

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden unveiled several of his top national security picks on Monday, his campaign revealing he will nominate Avril Haines to be his director of national intelligence and Alejandro Mayorkas, to be his secretary of Homeland... Read More

Tear Gas and Rubber Bullet Spending Jumps After Protests

Federal agencies are bolstering arsenals of tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and other crowd-control gear after President Donald Trump ordered U.S.... Read More

Federal agencies are bolstering arsenals of tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and other crowd-control gear after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. agents to assume new policing powers in cities to quell protests that he said threatened government monuments, statues and property.... Read More

Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars included in Senate Republicans’ proposed $1 trillion installment of coronavirus emergency relief funding would restore... Read More

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars included in Senate Republicans’ proposed $1 trillion installment of coronavirus emergency relief funding would restore money for military hardware that was redirected to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. The Trump administration reprogrammed funding... Read More

Trump Defends Ratcliffe as Pick for Intelligence Chief

President Donald Trump on Saturday touted Rep. John Ratcliffe as the nation’s intelligence chief, calling him “terrific” and predicting quick... Read More

President Donald Trump on Saturday touted Rep. John Ratcliffe as the nation’s intelligence chief, calling him “terrific” and predicting quick confirmation despite widespread bipartisan qualms that derailed his nomination to the same post last summer. Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican, was... Read More

2020-01-14 16:02:54
by Dan McCue
Correa Defends US Interests, More Important Now Than Ever Before

WASHINGTON - Despite assurances from President Donald Trump that "Iran appears to be standing down," after responding to the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON - Despite assurances from President Donald Trump that "Iran appears to be standing down," after responding to the U.S. killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani with a  casualty-free missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq, intelligence and cyber... Read More

2019-11-11 17:07:32
by Tom Ramstack
Government Security Officials Warn Of Evolving Terrorist Threats

WASHINGTON - A top Homeland Security Department official described recent “major shifts” in terrorist threats to the United States during... Read More

WASHINGTON - A top Homeland Security Department official described recent “major shifts” in terrorist threats to the United States during a Senate hearing last week. Some threats come from residents of Syria and Iraq displaced by military struggles while others... Read More

2019-10-22 22:54:23
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Commission to Study Proliferation of Terrorist Content Online

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced Tuesday by the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security would establish a bipartisan... Read More

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced Tuesday by the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security would establish a bipartisan commission of non-government experts to examine the ways social media and other online platforms have been exploited to promote and... Read More

2019-06-25 21:04:05
by Dan McCue
Federal Debt on Track to Reach 'Unprecedented' Levels, CBO Says

WASHINGTON - The federal debt is on track to reach unprecedented levels in the next 30 years and will rise... Read More

WASHINGTON - The federal debt is on track to reach unprecedented levels in the next 30 years and will rise to 144 percent of the nation's gross domestic product by 2049 if current laws are maintained, the Congressional Budget Office... Read More

2019-05-24 19:01:35
by HJ Mai
Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior

The bilateral relationship between the United States and Iran has been strained for decades, but the recent tensions have led... Read More

The bilateral relationship between the United States and Iran has been strained for decades, but the recent tensions have led to growing concerns over a potential military conflict. The Trump administration this month deployed an aircraft carrier strike group, bombers... Read More

2019-05-21 21:46:30
by Tom Ramstack
DC Radio Station Must Register As Russian Agent, Judge Rules

WASHINGTON -- A Washington, D.C. radio station must register as a foreign agent because of its persistent broadcasts of Russian... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Washington, D.C. radio station must register as a foreign agent because of its persistent broadcasts of Russian news and information that critics describe as propaganda, a federal judge ruled last week. This week, the Justice Department hailed... Read More

2019-05-15 16:04:58
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites

WASHINGTON - The United States needs a new military branch called the Space Force for national defense and to protect... Read More

WASHINGTON - The United States needs a new military branch called the Space Force for national defense and to protect commercial satellites, expert witnesses told a Senate panel Tuesday. President Donald Trump proposed the Space Force last year as a... Read More

2019-05-03 19:11:16
by Dan McCue
Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Elaine Luria, Va.-2, Takes Climate Change Head On

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or... Read More

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

2019-05-03 19:11:10
by Dan McCue
Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Mikie Sherrill, N.J.-11, Takes Climate Change Head On

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or... Read More

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

2019-05-03 19:11:06
by Dan McCue
Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Abigail Spanberger, Va.-7, Takes Climate Change Head On

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or... Read More

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

2019-05-03 18:58:40
by Dan McCue
Citing Threats to National Security, Three Women in Congress Take Climate Change Head On

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or... Read More

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

2019-04-04 15:14:55
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks New Strategies Against Weapons of Mass Destruction

WASHINGTON -- Two congressional committees met Wednesday on Capitol Hill to figure out the resources they should dedicate to confronting... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Two congressional committees met Wednesday on Capitol Hill to figure out the resources they should dedicate to confronting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. During a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing, Pentagon officials explained emerging threats from... Read More

2019-04-02 21:16:49
by Dan McCue
House Oversight Committee Votes to Issue Subpoena in Security Clearance Probe

The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday afternoon voted to authorize a subpoena for a former White House official to testify... Read More

The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday afternoon voted to authorize a subpoena for a former White House official to testify as part of a probe into the Trump administration’s security clearance process. The committee voted 22-15, on party lines, to... Read More

2019-03-13 00:57:12
by TWN Staff
As School Shootings Become More Frequent, Bulletproof Backpacks Provide Peace of Mind to Students and Families

The horror of school shootings has torn apart families and communities. High profile attacks in Newtown and Parkland have struck... Read More

The horror of school shootings has torn apart families and communities. High profile attacks in Newtown and Parkland have struck fear into the hearts of parents and children in communities across the country. As Congress and state legislatures remain gridlocked... Read More

2019-02-16 03:06:31
by Tom Ramstack
US Military Warns Senate About Foreign Cyber Threats

WASHINGTON -- Senators at a congressional hearing Thursday thanked the Defense Department’s cyber security force for protecting the 2018 midterm... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Senators at a congressional hearing Thursday thanked the Defense Department’s cyber security force for protecting the 2018 midterm elections but warned that foreign hacking threats are likely to only get worse. Americans sometimes unrealistically convince themselves they have... Read More

2019-02-13 00:16:00
by Michael Cheng
President Trump Promotes Offensive Cybersecurity Tactics

Government agencies concerned about limited options available to them in the event of security breaches and data hacks may now... Read More

Government agencies concerned about limited options available to them in the event of security breaches and data hacks may now explore offensive cybersecurity strategies. This is the message firmly conveyed by President Trump and National Security Adviser John Bolton earlier... Read More

2019-01-19 01:07:04
by TWN Staff
Bipartisan Bill Would Fight Digital Threats from China

This week, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to toughen the United States’ position against national security ... Read More

This week, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to toughen the United States’ position against national security threats posed by technology competitors like China. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (... Read More

2019-01-15 22:55:39
by TWN Staff
Ongoing Shutdown Ripples through Aviation Economy

Last week, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and federal employees including air traffic controllers and other aviation workforce ... Read More

Last week, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and federal employees including air traffic controllers and other aviation workforce personnel sent a letter to President Trump calling for an immediate... Read More

2019-01-11 22:31:44
by TWN Staff
Peters Highlights Bipartisan Legislation to Secure Border in Weekly Democratic Address

On Friday, Congressman Scott Peters of California delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. Peters, a centrist member of Congress known for ... Read More

On Friday, Congressman Scott Peters of California delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. Peters, a centrist member of Congress known for his practical approach to problem solving, represents California's 52nd... Read More

2019-01-04 20:42:02
by TWN Staff
Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Bill

On Friday, bipartisan legislation was introduced by Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Sen. Mark R. Warner (... Read More

On Friday, bipartisan legislation was introduced by Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Committee member Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to combat tech-specific threats to national security posed by foreign actors like ... Read More

2018-12-18 23:42:03
by TWN Staff
Families of 17 Victims in Parkland Shooting Respond to Administration's School Safety Report

Stand with Parkland President Tony Montalto on Tuesday sent a letter to President Trump in response to the long awaited ... Read More

Stand with Parkland President Tony Montalto on Tuesday sent a letter to President Trump in response to the long awaited report issued by the Administration's Federal Commission on School Safety. Stand with Parkland, which represents all 17 families of the shooting ... Read More

2018-10-26 21:33:25
by TWN Staff
Stand With Parkland President To Discuss School Safety Ahead of Midterms

Tony Montalto, President of Stand with Parkland, a school safety advocacy organization comprised of all 17 families of the victims of ... Read More

Tony Montalto, President of Stand with Parkland, a school safety advocacy organization comprised of all 17 families of the victims of the Parkland shooting, discussed school safety this week ahead of the upcoming midterm elections. Read More

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