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New State Dept. office to help organize sanctions efforts

February 1, 2013 The creation of a new office in the State Department to oversee implementation of both international and domestic sanctions is evidence of the importance of economic penalties as a U.S. foreign policy tool against nations such as Iran and North Korea, one issue expert said on Friday. The department’s new...

Satellite Images Indicate North Korea Continuing Push for Nuke Test

January 25, 2013 Recent surveillance satellite images suggest North Korea has pressed forward with preparations for another underground detonation at its nuclear testing site, the expert website 38 North said in analyses this week. "Analysis of new satellite imagery from Jan. 23, 2013 and previous images dating back a month reveal that the...

Napolitano suggests DHS will never meet cargo scanning mandate

January 24, 2013 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday suggested that her department does not plan on meeting a congressional requirement that all foreign cargo shipped to the United States be scanned for dangerous materials that could be used in a terrorism attack. Congress in 2007 approved a law that requires all...

Defense Department: Antimissile system held back by kill vehicle

January 16, 2013 The United States’ principal homeland missile defense program against a feared long-range attack by North Korea or Iran made little demonstrable headway last year in moving beyond a restricted capacity to defeat a small-scale threat, according to a new Pentagon report. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense system has not had a...

U.S. warns foreign exchange houses are helping Iran skirt sanctions

January 10, 2013 The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday warned financial institutions to be on the lookout for money transfers sent by foreign exchange houses and trading companies that are actually an attempt to mask transactions on behalf of sanctioned Iranian entities. The United States and allies have targeted Iran’s banking system and...

IG says Energy Department facilities still have cyber weak spots

November 19, 2012 The U.S. Energy Department and its National Nuclear Security Administration have addressed most but not all digital security weaknesses highlighted by an internal audit in 2011, according to the DOE inspector general. The IG report covering fiscal 2012 and issued earlier this month notes the department and the semiautonomous agency...

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Agency awards grant for developing nuclear security expertise

June 10, 2011 The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration on Thursday announced it would give $25 million to a consortium of universities to provide hands-on training and research opportunities to the nation's next generation of nuclear security specialists. The University of California (Berkeley) was selected to lead a group of universities in several...