PyroGenesis announces chemical warfare elimination system


PyroGenesis announced on Monday that it has entered the second phase of a development project to develop a system that uses plasma to eliminate chemical agents, ones which could be used in war or other terrorist activities. In the first … Read More »

Multi-step strip could be used to detect Ebola, other diseases


University of Rhode Island (URI) engineers have developed a paper-based diagnostic tool that uses fluid-activated valves to allow multiple steps in the detection of Ebola and other diseases, the university announced Monday. Paper-based options have been available for tests only … Read More »

Germany enters biological security partnership with Tunisia

The German Ambassador in Tunisia, Andreas Reinicke, opening the ceremony.

The Federal Foreign Office in Germany announced on Monday that the German-Tunisian Partnership Program for Excellence in Biological Security is underway after a Feb. 17 opening ceremony. Within this partnership, Tunisian scientists will be trained on the proper procedure for … Read More »

EU gives overview in Ebola outbreak


Representatives from the European Union (EU) and the European Commission will meet Tuesday to address the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus affecting West Africa and to adapt an emergency response with a focus on eradicating the disease and establishing long-term support … Read More »

Uintah County official: Community ill-prepared for an attack


Tal Ehlers — who has a background in law enforcement, hazardous materials and EMS — is the emergency management coordinator for Uintah County in northeast Utah. Unlike many other coordinators across the country, Ehlers’ county already has had an Ebola … Read More »

BVTI aims to hire interagency biodefense analyst


Best Value Technology (BVTI) said in a recent job posting that it is seeking an interagency biodefense analyst. This position acts as a support person for interagency coordination with biodefense assessment, prioritization efforts and risk-reduction activity in the field of … Read More »

Human trial for Ebola drug ZMapp begins in Liberia


A human safety and efficacy trial for an experimental Ebola virus drug treatment opened on Friday in Liberia. The drug, ZMapp, was developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical and utilizes monoclonal antibodies to neutralize progression of the disease and deactivate the virus. … Read More »

DSACEUR visits Albania, meets with officials


NATO reported on Friday that the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Sir Adrian Bradshaw, met with Albanian officials about restructuring the NATO Response Force (NRF). Hybrid threat mitigation and management are the projected focal points of this restructured force. … Read More »

Marburg immunity development identified


The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) announced Thursday that a team of researchers collaborating with Vanderbilt University and The Scripps Research Institute has identified immunity development in Marburg virus cases. The study consisted of using a blood sample taken … Read More »

Committee on Foreign Affairs votes to increase North Korean sanctions

House Foreign Affairs Committee

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs voted to approve strengthening sanctions against North Korea on Friday. In light of the hacking attacks against Sony Pictures believed to have been carried out by North Korea, legislation written by Committee Chairman Ed … Read More »

DCP seeks policy offer in Victoria, Australia


The Security and Emergency Management Branch within the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is seeking a Policy Officer for Victoria, Australia. Based in Melbourne, this branch provides advice to the government on issues of emergencies, crises and security threats … Read More »

House committee launches anti-terror task force


The House Committee on Homeland Security said on Wednesday that a task force has been established to address efforts by the government to prevent terror attacks. The bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel is made up … Read More »

Security training conducted with NAF Misawa and JGSDF


The Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) announced on Thursday that they had successfully completed training in security at Camp Hachinohe on Tuesday. According to the report from the Misawa facility, scenarios that forces … Read More »

Napolitano calls for DHS funding bill

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano, current president of the University of California and former secretary of Homeland Security,  released a statement on Thursday in which she urges Congress to pass a bill to fund the department. In the statement, she stresses the importance … Read More »