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Dept. of Homeland Security launching new Office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

Department of Homeland Security{ } is launching a new office which will be called the Office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is making changes when it comes to terrorism.

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke told the House Committee on Homeland Security Thursday the agency is "raising the baseline" of the country's security posture by setting new standards.

This "posture," according to Duke, includes building a southwest border wall and "cracking down on transnational criminal organizations that bring drugs, violence, and other threats into our communities."

Duke says DHS is strengthening everything from traveler screening to information sharing with foreign governments to help identify nationals from other countries.

In addition, Duke says the agency is launching a new office which will be called the Office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. According to Duke, the office will "consolidate and elevate DHS efforts to guard against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats."

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