INFICON Celebrates 50 Years of Advancing Innovation

INFICON is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a developer and manufacturer of world-class instruments for gas analysis, measurement and control. Since 1969, INFICON has been part of the worldwide high-technology community and a leading provider of

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World Uranium Bank Officially Open

On December 10 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recived the second, and last, shipment of low-enriched uranium (LEU) at a purpose-built facility in Kazakhstan housing the IAEA LEU Bank, a purpose built facility to provide assurance to countries about the supply of nuclear

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Iran Testing New Uranium Enrichment Centrifuges

According to the Iranian state run news agency,  IRNA, President Hassan Rouhani has said his country is working on the development, and testing, of new, advanced uranium enrichment generators. If true, this is a move that appears to violate the the landmark nuclear agreement Tehran

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Paratek Awarded BARDA Project BioShield Contract for NUZYRA

Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics, has announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR),

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Emergex Vaccine Candidate for Francisella Tularensis

Emergex Vaccines Holding Limited (‘Emergex’), a biotechnology company developing set-point vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases, has  announced the successful completion of the first step in the development of a candidate vaccine for the Gram-negative intracellular

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Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Updates

REMM has recently announced updates to the web site (Radiation Emergency Medical Management) from HHS/ASPR and NIH/NLM. This update, the first since March 2019, again includes the option to download REMM to your desktop.

REMM now has more than 456 web pages. We have also added

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NTI Releases Assessment of New Russian Nuclear Weapon Delivery Systems

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) has released the first detailed, exclusively open-source assessment of the five new nuclear weapon systems announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, alongside a new analysis underscoring the need to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START)

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ENCIRCLE Project Poll

As part of the European Commission project ENCIRCLE we are currently going through the CBRNe needs and gaps prioritisation process which will be an input for the CBRN topics for the H2020 Security Call next year and would like to encourage our European readers to provide your views.

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Pentagon Presses for Access to Special EU Defense Projects

David Norquist, the U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary, has said that American Defense firms should not be cut out of European Union programs to strengthen its industrial base, such as the European Defence Fund and the Permanent Structured Cooperation program. 

Speaking at the

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Valuable Insights from TRACIE

Back in July we announced the arrival of TRACIE, the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange from HHS ASPR. 

Part of the TRACIE initiative is to provide valuable tools and information in the form of newsletters, one of which is The

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Bringing the HEAT

Story from Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK)

The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance ( BBK ), in close cooperation with the Robert Koch Institute ( RKI ), carried out an exclusive Hostile Environment Awareness

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CEHC to Launch Center for Advanced Red Teaming (CART)

Historically, independent “red team” groups have been used by the U.S. military to test how well our armed forces can withstand attacks from adversaries. But, today, the tactic is evolving, with red teams using their skills and expertise to understand adversarial behavior and test security

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Kromek CEO Dr Arnab Basu Wins National Institute of Directors Award

Dr Arnab Basu, chief executive at Kromek Group, picked up the Innovation accolade at the national final of the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Director of the Year Awards. His triumph follows success in the same category at the IoD’s Yorkshire and North East heat earlier this year.

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Florida woman arrested with pipe bombs in her bedroom

Acting on a tip from her parents, Tampa Bay area authorities said Friday they arrested a 27-year-old woman obsessed with the Columbine and Oklahoma City mass killings and discovered pipe bombs, weapons and bomb making materials in her bedroom.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad

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JPEO-CBRND Streamlines Organization To Meet Warfighter Needs

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) recently reorganized to a portfolio-based structure to focus on CBRN Protection, Medical and Sensors. These core focus areas contribute to building a more lethal force, a priority in the

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Airboss Wins DOD Contract for CBRN Overboot

AirBoss of America Corp. today announced that AirBoss Defense has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for the manufacture and sale of up to 600,000 pairs of Molded CBRN Lightweight Overboots (MALO). The contract is expected

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MCDC Award $20 Million Contract for Development of Auto-Injector

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.  announced on September 25th that it has been awarded approximately $20 million to develop and manufacture an auto-injector containing diazepam (5 mg/mL) to treat nerve agent-induced seizures. Emergent’s device is being designed for intramuscular

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Bertin Announce 2 Newcomers for Biological Threat Sampling

Bertin’s teams are proud to announce the release of 2 new air sampling equipment for biological air monitoring or biological recognition missions:

– The Coriolis Compact: dry cyclonic collector intended for air monitoring in a biological threat context.

– The Coriolis Nano:

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LLNL Nerve Agent Antidote Shows Great Potential

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been working with live agent, supercomputers, and accelerated mass spectrometry, to develop a new nerve agent antidote, namely LLNL-02. 

Their work has been showing great promise, and with somw refinement of

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Explosion at VECTOR Laboratory

Monday, September 16th, saw reports emerge of an explosion at the Russian State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, known as Vector.

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Children Attacked with "Irritant Gas"

Ten children and their teacher were attacked at a train station in Germany by a perpetrator using what has been referred to as an "irritant gas".

A 39 year old man apparently approached the group and sprayed them with a yet unnamed substance. The children were initially treated at the

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Dropping CFATS Program Could be Dangerous

David Wulf, who oversees chemical security for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has warned congress that dropping The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program could leave chemical plants vulnerable to attacks. 

CFATS, which is due to come

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Defence Minister calls Bioterrorism a Contagious Plague

Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) First Military Medicine Conference this week, India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh referred to bioterrorism as a 'contagious plague', and called upon the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) of the SCO countries to

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Man Pleads Guilty to Ricin Plot

A man from Los Angeles pleaded guilty this week to Federal charges of attempting to obtain ricin for unlawful purposes, namely to poison his wife!

Over a two-month period late last year, Steve S. Kim attempted to obtain ricin from what he thought was an online seller, but in fact was an

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Iran Installs More Than 30 New Centrifuges

On Monday the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran has installed more than 30 advanced centrifuges to accelerate uranium enrichment. 

A spokesperson for the IAEA has said that inspectors confirmed the new centrifuges, which include 30 advanced

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Radioactive Water from Fukishima to be Dumped into Ocean

According to reports emerging in the past week, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO), will have to dump vast quantities of radiaoctive waste water from the site into the Pacific Ocean. 

Tepco has reportedly been struggling

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EDF checking anomalies in nuclear component manufacturing

(Reuters) - France’s EDF said on Tuesday it was investigating anomalies reported by engineering and construction firm Framatome in its manufacturing of some nuclear reactor components, which did not meet technical standards.

“Framatome has informed EDF of a deviation from technical

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Probe into Fukushima Daiichi Incident to Recommence

Now that radiation levels have decreased the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) have announced plans to recommence the investigation into the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. 

The NRA have judged that radiation levels are now low enough for investigators to

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Sri Lanka to Implement UNSC Resolution1540

It was announced today that the Sri Lankan Cabinet of Ministers have agreed implement the United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution No 1540.

In resolution 1540 (2004), the UN Security Council decided that all States shall refrain from providing any form of support to

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Trainees sue over Fukushima clean up

Three Vietnamese men, who were on a trainee prgram for foreigners in Japan, have submitted a law suit against a consturction company in Fukushima for making them carry out radioactive decontamiantion work without prior notice. 

The company Hiwada Co., was conducting

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Los Alamos Waste Denied Shipment to WIPP

According to reports, nine containers of transuranic waste are currently stuck at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's (LANL) Plutonium facility after the Carlsbad Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) refused to take them in July. 

The containers are said to hold waste items such as

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Chemical Suicide Injures 9 Others

An apparent chemical suicide at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California, at the weekend, turned in to a full Hazmat situation when other guests in the hotel began to show symptoms of exposure. 

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MDAA Alert - Termination

From Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance Website:

“First, we will prioritize the defense of the American people above all else. Our review calls for 20 new ground based interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska and new radars and sensors to immediately detect foreign missiles launched against

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