A new anti-terrorism plan calls on suburbs to help protect New York City from possible attack, reports the New York Times. Federal and city officials are enlisting the help of more than 30 police agencies to form a ring of protection around the city. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the New York Police Department have given radiation detectors to law-enforcement agencies within 50 miles of the city and trained officers to search for nuclear weapons and dirty bombs. “Once a nuclear weapon is already in Manhattan, it's too late,” said Homeland Security’s Vayl Oxford.
The operation is a pilot project for the federal Securing the Cities program, started in recent months to incorporate law enforcement agencies out to more than 50 miles from New York. Oxford said the program provided a “layered structure” of crucial early detection. About $10 million in federal funds was being directed toward the program this year; $40 million would be sought for next year to cover the cost of equipment, training, and research and development.