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Security Chief Promises More Money to Protect Likely Targets

Reacting to criticism that the department’s spending has been unfocused and at times wasteful, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff vowed on Wednesday to direct more money to protecting cities and other targets most likely to be hit by terrorists. “Our philosophy, our decision-making, our operational activities and our spending must be grounded in risk management as we determine how to best organize to prevent, respond and recover from attacks,” Mr. Chertoff told members of a House appropriations panel. They were considering the $41 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security in the 2006 fiscal year, which is up 7 percent from this year.Full Story

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