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National Guard Struggles as Troops Leave at Faster Pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — Soldiers are leaving the Army National Guard at a faster rate than they are enlisting, fueling concerns... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Soldiers are leaving the Army National Guard at a faster rate than they are enlisting, fueling concerns that in the coming years units around the country may not meet military requirements for overseas and other deployments. For... Read More

2022-09-30 21:11:10
by Dan McCue
Garland Sets New Rules for DOJ’s Use of State Secrets Privilege

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday imposed a new set of rules Justice Department officials will have to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday imposed a new set of rules Justice Department officials will have to follow to invoke the state secrets privilege in litigation in the name of protecting national security. In a memo sent... Read More

Trump's Legal Woes Mount Without Protection of Presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stark repudiation by federal judges he appointed. Far-reaching fraud allegations by New York’s attorney general. It's been a week of widening... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stark repudiation by federal judges he appointed. Far-reaching fraud allegations by New York’s attorney general. It's been a week of widening legal troubles for Donald Trump, laying bare the challenges piling up as the former president operates without the protections afforded by the... Read More

2022-09-21 17:59:21
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Cracks Down on Chinese Companies Posing National Security Threat

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission formally added Pacific Networks Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiary ComNet and China Unicom... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission formally added Pacific Networks Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiary ComNet and China Unicom (Americas) Operations Limited to its list of companies whose telecom equipment and service pose a national security threat. The commission... Read More

2022-08-03 15:55:11
by Dan McCue
President to Sign CHIPS and Science Act Bill Next Tuesday

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will sign the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law next Tuesday in a... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will sign the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law next Tuesday in a Rose Garden ceremony, the White House has announced. Supporters of H.R. 4346 touted the legislation as a vehicle for lowering... Read More

Biden: Killing of al-Qaida Leader is Long-Sought 'Justice'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Monday that al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Monday that al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, an operation he said delivered justice and hopefully “one more measure of closure” to families of the victims of the... Read More

2022-07-06 16:30:51
by Reece Nations
National Computer Forensics Institute Reauthorization Critical to Security

HOOVER, Ala. — As the National Computer Forensics Institute comes up for congressional reauthorization, forensics and cybersecurity experts told The... Read More

HOOVER, Ala. — As the National Computer Forensics Institute comes up for congressional reauthorization, forensics and cybersecurity experts told The Well News how the institute’s standardized curriculum is critical to contemporary law enforcement activities. Having a centralized hub for preparing... Read More

US Sees Heightened Extremist Threat Heading Into Midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — A looming Supreme Court decision on abortion, an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and the midterm elections are potential triggers... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A looming Supreme Court decision on abortion, an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and the midterm elections are potential triggers for extremist violence over the next six months, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. The U.S. was in a... Read More

Biden Looks to Nudge ASEAN Leaders to Speak Out on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is looking to nudge southeast Asian leaders to be more outspoken about Russia’s invasion of... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is looking to nudge southeast Asian leaders to be more outspoken about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the issue continues to be a delicate one for many members of the region's 10-country alliance with deep... Read More

2022-04-11 22:07:33
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan, Bicameral Groups of Lawmakers Push to Delay Title 42 End

WASHINGTON — Since the Biden administration’s announcement marking the expected end of the Title 42 migrant expulsion health authority, bipartisan... Read More

WASHINGTON — Since the Biden administration’s announcement marking the expected end of the Title 42 migrant expulsion health authority, bipartisan and bicameral lawmakers have pushed back on the policy’s revocation. Legislation was introduced last week by Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla.,... Read More

'Thugs and Bullies': Nations Sanction Russia over Ukraine

TOKYO (AP) — World leaders sought Wednesday to back up their tough words over Russia's aggression against Ukraine, announcing financial sanctions,... Read More

TOKYO (AP) — World leaders sought Wednesday to back up their tough words over Russia's aggression against Ukraine, announcing financial sanctions, trade and travel bans and other measures meant to pressure Moscow to pull back from the brink of war. Even... Read More

Western Leaders Allege Russia Sending Troops to East Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Western leaders said Tuesday that Russian troops have moved into rebel-held areas in eastern Ukraine after President... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — Western leaders said Tuesday that Russian troops have moved into rebel-held areas in eastern Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin’s recognized their independence — but some indicated it was not yet the long-feared, full-fledged invasion. For weeks, Western powers... Read More

Russia, US to Square Off at UN Security Council Over Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Russia are squaring off at the U.N. Security Council over Ukraine, with... Read More

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Russia are squaring off at the U.N. Security Council over Ukraine, with Washington calling Moscow’s actions a threat to international peace and security, while a Kremlin envoy ridiculed Monday’s meeting as a... Read More

Russia Says it Won't Start a War as Ukraine Tensions Mount

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat said Friday that Moscow will not start a war in Ukraine but warned that... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat said Friday that Moscow will not start a war in Ukraine but warned that it wouldn't allow the West to trample on its security interests, amid fears it is planning to invade its neighbor. U.S.... Read More

2022-01-27 14:32:30
by Tom Ramstack
Cyberthreats Accompany Buildup of Russian Troops Near Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will not rule out risks of major cyberattacks against U.S. targets as it continues its... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will not rule out risks of major cyberattacks against U.S. targets as it continues its political support for Ukraine amid rumblings of war with Russia. White House press spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday the U.S.... Read More

Assange Wins First Stage in Effort to Appeal US Extradition

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday won the first stage of his effort to overturn a U.K.... Read More

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday won the first stage of his effort to overturn a U.K. ruling that opened the door for his extradition to U.S. to stand trial on espionage charges. The High Court in... Read More

Biden and Congress Mark a Year Since Violent Insurrection

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is preparing to mark the first anniversary of the U.S. Capitol insurrection, the violent attack by... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is preparing to mark the first anniversary of the U.S. Capitol insurrection, the violent attack by Trump supporters that has fundamentally changed the Congress and raised global concerns about the future of American democracy. Biden and congressional Democrats will... Read More

2021-11-24 15:54:32
by Dan McCue
Problem Solvers, Senators Renew Call for Fully Funding CHIPS Act

WASHINGTON — Before leaving town for Thanksgiving, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined members of the Problem... Read More

WASHINGTON — Before leaving town for Thanksgiving, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined members of the Problem Solvers Caucus to call for fully funding the CHIPS for America Act, an initiative intended to increase semiconductor production in... Read More

2021-10-25 21:24:21
by Reece Nations
DOD Spending, Contract Obligations by State Rose in 2020

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense’s Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation released its report on defense spending by state,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense’s Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation released its report on defense spending by state, revealing the department’s contract obligations and payroll spending across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The DOD report was published... Read More

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

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