Homeland defense spending highlights

Technology-related spending in the Department of Homeland Security budget request includes:

*$500 million to assess the nation's critical infrastructure, such as nuclear power plants, water facilities, telecommunications networks and transportation systems, and address any vulnerabilities.

*$350 million of funding for research and development, testing and evaluation capabilities that have not existed for specific homeland security projects, such as nuclear and bioterrorism detection technologies.

*$373 million for border security and trade initiatives, including $120 million for new technology investments along the border, including radiation detection machines to inspect cargo containers.

*$3.5 billion to ensure first responders, such as police and fire personnel, are properly trained and equipped.

*$300 million for warning advisories, threat assessments, a communications system and outreach efforts to state and local governments and the private sector.

*$480 million to continue building a system to track the entry and exit of all visitors to the United States.

The Justice Department request also includes homeland-security-related initiatives, including:

*$12 million to link information from federal, state and local law enforcement to outstanding terrorism threats and investigations.

*$60 million to investigate and respond to cybercrime, including attacks against the nation's critical infrastructure protection.

*$37 million to support improved personnel, facility and information security in the FBI.

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