Obama initiates national security measures

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WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday ordered a series of steps to improve the government’s ability to collect, share, analyze and act on intelligence of terrorist threats, saying the findings of a government review of the attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day revealed significant shortcomings in national security.

“In the never-ending race to protect our country, we have to stay one step ahead of a nimble adversary,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s what these steps are designed to do.”

The president called for the immediate strengthening of the nation’s terrorism watch lists. He said intelligence reports involving threats to the United States would be distributed more widely among agencies.

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