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Hearings Focus on DHS Efforts to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism

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HEARINGS FOCUS ON DHS EFFORTS TO PREVENT NUCLEAR TERRORISM

Washington, D.C. - The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack will hold two hearings on President Bush's proposed creation of a Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. The hearings will examine how the proposed focus on deployment of technology to detect and track nuclear materials in the United States will fit into the Department's overall effort to fight terrorist activity worldwide and prevent acts of terrorism within the United States.

Subcommittee Chairman John Linder (R-GA) announced the following hearings:

PART I

WHEN: 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 19, 2005

WHERE: 210 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses

The Honorable Fred C. Iklé
Center for Security and International Studies

Dr. Graham Allison
Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Col. Randall Larsen, USAF (Ret.), Chief Executive Officer, Homeland Security Associates

PART II

WHEN: 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2005

WHERE: 210 Cannon House Office Building

Witness

Vayl Oxford
Acting Director
Office of Domestic Nuclear Detection

BACKGROUND

As envisioned in President Bush's FY06 budget proposal, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) will develop, acquire, and support the deployment of a comprehensive domestic nuclear detection system to thwart terrorist attempts to attack the United States with a nuclear weapon. It would integrate domestic nuclear detection efforts at the federal, state, and local level as well as with international partners.

"The use of a nuclear bomb on U.S. soil would threaten our way of life as a Nation," Homeland Security Chairman Christopher Cox (R-CA) said on the eve of the hearing. "Prevention of such a catastrophe is an essential priority for the Department of Homeland Security."

"The prevention of a nuclear terrorist attack is of the utmost importance to the security and economic well-being of our nation," Subcommittee Chairman John Linder (R-GA) said. "I look forward to this week's hearings, which will examine the various roles and coordination between the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Energy, Justice, and State, through the President's proposed Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, in protecting America against nuclear terrorism."

http://linder.house.gov/index.cfm?Fuseaction=PressReleases.View&PressRelease_id=171

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