French President Hollande: France has “information” on Syrian chemical weapons use


French President Francois Hollande announced on Sunday that France has “information” but lacks firm proof that chemical weapons are still in use by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. “We have a few elements of information but I do not have … Read More »

Struggle for botulinum toxin information raises questions about information control

Botulinum toxin

Information for a new strain of botulinum toxin called “type H” was discovered in 2011, and genetic information has finally been turned over to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Botulinum toxin is produced by bacteria and is the … Read More »

Azerbaijan attends defense exhibition in Malaysia

14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition

An Azerbaijani delegation visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week to attend the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition. Yavar Jamalov, the defense industry minister of Azerbaijan, led the delegation to the event, which sought to develop the defense and security industries. … Read More »

DoD awards research contract to MRIGlobal


MRIGlobal, a not-for-profit contract research organization, announced on Monday that it received an award from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Technical Information Center. MRIGlobal was one of 12 contractors selected for the Homeland Defense and Security Technical Area Tasks … Read More »

Smiths Detections announces $20 million military chemical agent detector order


Smiths Detection announced $20 million follow-on production order from the U.S. Army under the Department of Defense’s Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) program this week. Part of a cost-effective and reliable solution for the protection of military personnel, police and … Read More »

Iowa offers social media course for emergency preparedness and response workers

Social Media

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD) held a course on March 20 to train law enforcement, state and local government representatives and nonprofit workers on social media platforms. The “Social media for Disaster Response and Recovery” course … Read More »

BARDA exercises option on Bavarian Nordic’s IMVAMUNE


Bavarian Nordic A/S announced on Tuesday that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority exercised a $21.9 million option for the freeze-dried IMVAMUNE smallpox vaccine. BARDA’s decision will fund the transfer of the validated manufacturing process of IMVAMUNE to a … Read More »

Emergent BioSolutions initiates BioThrax manufacturing in Building 55


Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., announced on Tuesday that it initiated manufacturing of BioThrax consistency lots in Building 55 following a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Emergent submitted manufacturing and non-clinical study protocols to support its Building 55 comparability … Read More »

Bahrain gives initial approval to bioweapons prohibition proposal


Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa presented a proposal this week to prohibit biological weapons in the nation. Bahrain’s cabinet gave initial approval to the law, which aims to establish a legislative framework aligned with United Nations … Read More »

Researchers look to similar bacteria to find answers on anthrax


Study results from a Defense Threat Reduction Agency Chemical Biological, Joint Science and Technology Office (DTRA CB/JSTO) program released on Monday show bacteria in the soil might provide an answer to combat anthrax. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Principal Investigator … Read More »

PositiveID Corporation appoints new president


PositiveID Corporation, a biological detection system developer, announced on Monday that it appointed Lyle Probst as the new president of the company. Probst has 15 years of managerial experience with large biodetection products and programs. He joined PositiveID when the … Read More »

Advisory committee to hold Fort Detrick expo on April 30

Fort Detrick

The Frederick Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Committee recently announced that it will hold an expo on April 30 to give residents of Frederick, Maryland, answers to questions about safety risks at nearby Fort Detrick. The expo and open house will … Read More »

Syria on track to meet chemical weapons disposal goals


Syria has removed or destroyed approximately 80 percent of its chemical weapons material as of April 19, according to the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations. Special Coordinator … Read More »

American Red Cross looks for disaster program manager for New Mexico office

Red Cross

The American Red Cross is looking for a disaster program manager to work in the Las Cruces, N.M., office, according to a hiring notice posted on Saturday The position is full time. The person hired will work variable days … Read More »

Smiths Detection receives $10.2 million radiation detector contract


Smiths Detection, a designer of threat detection systems, announced on Thursday that it received a $10.2 million order from the Department of Homeland Security for its next-generation, self-calibrating radiation detection system. RadSeeker is a hand-held device that distinguishes radiological and … Read More »