Sunday, April 17, 2011

Urban Area Antiterrorism Program Takes Big Budget Hit

I am at a loss to understand the way things are decided in Washington D.C., let alone DHS. On one hand, DHS and their lesser child TSA assure us that invasive security screenings for aircraft are necessary because of the terror threat. The on-going conflicts throughout North Africa and the Middle East certainly would support the assertion of increased threat from terrorists. But then you read something like this where the UASI funding are being reduced?

UASI funds address the unique multi-discipline planning, operations, equipment, training and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas, and help them prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism.

Stranger still is the decision maker behind this is none other than Peter King who back in January declared radical Muslims as the greatest threat to homeland security. If so, why reduce funding for UASI now? I understand the government needs to make cuts and from a budgetary standpoint I don't have a problem. I'm just trying to understand Napolitano and King who seem to talk out of both sides of their mouths at the same time.

NTI: Global Security Newswire

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