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Report urges defense to help with domestic technologies

The Defense Department should help the Homeland Security Department develop technologies to fight disasters or terrorism, the National Academies of Science National Research Council said in a report released Thursday. “Many of the needs of emergency-response personnel could be addressed by technologies developed by the Army and other military services, so [Homeland Security] and [Defense] should partner to answer these needs,” committee Chairman John Lyons said in a statement. Lyons is a retired director of the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md. The report identifies the Army as the service with the most experience in providing support to civilian authorities. The report, which is based on analysis from March, praised the Bush administration’s efforts on homeland security but criticized its lack of planning. Full Story

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