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HSD seeks R & D funds

Bioterrorism is the biggest threat facing the nation at home and new technologies must be developed to fight it, the new under secretary for the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate told Congress on April 10. Charles McQueary, who was sworn into office on Wednesday, testified before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security about why the administration is seeking $803 million in fiscal 2004 for research and development of anti-terrorism technology. The fiscal 2003 budget earmarked $561 million for DHS research and development. “The most important mission for the Science and Technology directorate is to develop and deploy cutting edge technologies and new capabilities, to counter chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive and cyber threats,” he said. Full Story

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