DTRA solicitation for research proposals expires in September


A solicitation for research proposals to counter weapons of mass destruction from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) expires on Sept. 30. The broad agency announcement (BAA) asks for white papers to address long-term challenges to fundamental areas of research … Read More »

ATC-CIS chief reinforces cooperation with Interpol

Andrey Novikov

Andrey Novikov, the head of the Anti-Terrorism Center of Commonwealth of Independent States (ATC-CIS), visited Interpol‘s General Secretariat headquarters on Friday to reinforce eight years of cooperation. Novikov previously ensured that Interpol could attend ATC-CIS counterterrorism exercises that simulate potential … Read More »

Study examines practicality of genome sequencing for salmonella surveillance


A recent study demonstrated the practicality of using rapid whole-genome sequencing for the surveillance of salmonella in a state public health laboratory. The results of the study were published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases … Read More »

Smiths Detection obtains contract for airport X-ray scanner


Smiths Detection, an advanced security solutions developer, announced on Monday that it won a contract with Bremen Airport in Germany for an advanced high-speed X-ray inspection system that checks baggage for explosives. The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT combines X-ray technology with … Read More »

DTRA biological and chemical defense conference to be held in November

2014 CBD S&T Conference

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) 2014 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology (CBD S&T) Conference will be held from Nov. 17-21 in St. Louis, Mo. The event will feature keynote, oral and poster presentations on foundational research in … Read More »

DHS announces FY 2014 grant allocations


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced grant allocations for fiscal year 2014 on Friday totaling more than $1.6 billion for seven DHS preparedness grant programs. The funds will be used by the Homeland Security Grant Program, the Port Security … Read More »

New York scientists sequence DNA to fight foodborne disease outbreaks

DNA Science

Scientists at the New York State Department of Health‘s Wadsworth Center Laboratories are using next-generation DNA sequencing techniques to pinpoint the source of Salmonella outbreaks. By using benchtop whole genome sequencing equipment, clinical and public health labs are able to … Read More »

PaxVax obtains up to $62 million in financing


PaxVax, Inc., a biodefense and travel vaccine company, announced on Monday that it secured up to $62 million in financing as part of its acquisition of an oral typhoid vaccine. PaxVax acquired Vivotif, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved oral … Read More »

California National Guard trains for CBRN incidents at CDP

california national guard

Members of the California National Guard recently trained at FEMA‘s Center for Domestic Preparedness to learn how to manage incidents in an area contaminated with chemical or biological hazards. The 185th Military Police (MP) Battalion, 49th MP Brigade, California National … Read More »

GAO report outlines FEMA’s progress on efficiency

Chris Currie

Chris Currie, the acting director of homeland security and justice for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), outlined ways to improve the efficiency of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday in front of a Senate panel. Currie’s report focused on … Read More »

DoD report outlines strategies to counter bioweapons


The U.S. Department of Defense recently identified biological weapons as a continuing threat in a comprehensive outline of its strategy to counter weapons of mass destruction. The DoD report said that the continuing evolution of WMDs or innovative concepts to … Read More »

Wivenhoe Group partners with CHCER to develop readiness program

Wivenhoe Group

Wivenhoe Group, a vulnerability assessment consulting firm, announced on Friday that it will partner with the Center for Healthcare Emergency Readiness (CHCER) to develop a hospital emergency readiness program. Wivenhoe will work with CHCER, a healthcare emergency readiness and management … Read More »

Nominee for deputy FEMA head Joseph Nimmich testifies at Senate panel

Joseph Nimmich

Joseph Nimmich, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the deputy administrator post at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, testified on Thursday in front of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Nimmich cited his more than three decades as … Read More »

New York Guard participates in distribution exercise

New York State flag

The New York Guard, the state’s volunteer defense force, conducted a distribution exercise on Friday as part of its week-long annual training period. The exercise, which included 75 members of the Guard at the Camp Smith Training Site at the … Read More »

Argon Electronics offers suggestions for effective CBRN training

Steven Pike

Argon Electronics, a chemical warfare training simulator developer, said on Friday that most effective CBRN response training exercises require the use of a large venue, a set date, simulation equipment, comprehensive planning and surprises. Steven Pike, the managing director at … Read More »