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Security official touts department's science initiatives

A Homeland Security Department official on Thursday briefed lawmakers on progress made at the department to implement new technologies for combating terrorist threats. “We are shaping the [science and technology division] to serve as the department’s hub for research and development for exposing and countering chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, high-explosive and cyber threats,” Penrose (Parney) Albright, an assistant secretary at the department, said in prepared testimony before a House Homeland Security subcommittee. Albright said that within his division are “portfolios” to focus on the different directorates at the department, including border and transportation security, intelligence analysis and critical infrastructure, and emergency preparedness and response. The department also is focused on developing standards for technologies used by local, state and federal officials, he said. Full Story

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