Terrorists (71 - 80 of 98 items)
Homeland Security: Information Sharing Responsibilities, Challenges, and Key Management Issues
GAO-03-715T: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security, brought together 22 diverse organizations to help prevent terrorist attacks in the United States, reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorist attacks, and minimize damage and assist in recovery from attacks that do occur. To accomplish this mission, the act established specific homeland security re...
Homeland Security: Voluntary Initiatives Are Under Way at Chemical Facilities, but the Extent of Security Preparedness Is Unknown
GAO-03-439: Published: Mar 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2003.
The events of September 11, 2001, triggered a national re-examination of the security of thousands of industrial facilities that use or store hazardous chemicals in quantities that could potentially put large numbers of Americans at risk of serious injury or death in the event of a terrorist-caused chemical release. GAO was asked to examine (1) available information on the threats and risks from...
Combating Terrorism: Actions Needed to Improve Force Protection for DOD Deployments through Domestic Seaports
GAO-03-15: Published: Oct 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2002.
The October 12, 2000, attack against the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Cole in the port of Aden illustrated the danger of unconventional threats to U.S. ships in seaports. The September 11, 2001, attacks further heightened the need for a significant change in conventional antiterrorist thinking, particularly regarding threats to the U.S. homeland. The new security paradigm assumes that all U.S. forces, be...
Container Security: Current Efforts to Detect Nuclear Materials, New Initiatives, and Challenges
GAO-03-297T: Published: Nov 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2002.
After the attacks of September 11th, 2001, concerns intensified over the vulnerability of U.S. ports to acts of terrorism. One particular concern involves the possibility that terrorists would attempt to smuggle illegal fissile material or a tactical nuclear weapon into the country through a cargo container shipped from overseas. This testimony discusses the programs already in place to counter su...
Border Security: Visa Process Should Be Strengthened as an Antiterrorism Tool
GAO-03-132NI: Published: Oct 21, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 2002.
Citizens of other countries seeking to enter the United States temporarily for business, tourism, and other reasons generally must apply for and obtain a U.S. travel document, called a nonimmigrant visa, at U.S. embassies or consulates abroad before arriving at U.S. ports of entry. State Department consular officers issued 7.6 million visas in fiscal year 2001. In deciding who should and should no...
Combating Terrorism: Department of State Programs to Combat Terrorism Abroad
GAO-02-1021: Published: Sep 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2002.
Efforts to combat terrorism have become an increasingly important part of government activities. These efforts have also become important in the United States' relations with other countries and with international organizations, such as the United Nations (U.N.). The Department of State is charged with coordinating these international efforts and protecting Americans abroad. State has helped dire...
Combating Terrorism: Linking Threats to Strategies and Resources
T-NSIAD-00-218: Published: Jul 26, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the threat of terrorist attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) materials, focusing on: (1) the threat and risk assessments to help develop a national strategy and help prioritize and focus program investments to combat terrorism; and (2) observations on how other countries allocate resources and determine funding p...
Combating Terrorism: How Five Foreign Countries Are Organized to Combat Terrorism
NSIAD-00-85: Published: Apr 7, 2000. Publicly Released: May 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed five foreign countries' efforts to combat terrorism, focusing on: (1) how other governments are organized to combat terrorism; and (2) how they allocate their resources to combat terrorism.GAO noted that: (1) the countries generally have the majority of organizations used to combat terrorism under one lead government ministry; (2) however, because...
Chemical and Biological Defense: Observations on Nonmedical Chemical and Biological R&D Programs
T-NSIAD-00-130: Published: Mar 22, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its recent reports on the coordination of federal nonmedical research and development programs that address chemical and biological threats, focusing on: (1) the similarities among nonmedical research and development programs; and (2) how coordination mechanisms may ineffectively address potential duplication, research gaps, and opportunities for...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Comments on the National Plan for Information Systems Protection
T-AIMD-00-72: Published: Feb 1, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the National Plan for Information Systems Protection, focusing on: (1) a detailed overview of the plan; (2) opportunities for sharpening the plan's proposals for improving the federal government's security programs; and (3) the challenges facing the government in building the public-private partnerships necessary for comprehensive infrastructure p...