Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reports completion of international safety management course


The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced the completion of a chemical safety management course that took place last week in Germany. Eleven participants represented regions in Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean. The training focused on … Read More »

Sen. Jim Talent testifies at subcommittee hearing on bioterrorism

Jim Talent

Former Sen. Jim Talent gave testimony at a hearing called by the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communication on Wednesday, which focused on strategy for the potential threat of bioterrorism. Talent spoke of how biological weapons, according to … Read More »

United Nations seeks five program officers


The United Nations (U.N.) International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat is seeking to fill five program officer positions at its offices in Geneva and Cairo, according to a job posting Monday. These positions are responsible for the development, evaluation and … Read More »

EU official pledges support for chemical weapons ban


The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy met with Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü on Thursday. During the meeting,  Federica Mogherini expressed that the EU was committed … Read More »

Latvian official pledges support to chemical weapons ban

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The Latvian Embassy to The Netherlands has discussed the role of the European Union (EU) with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the embassy reported Tuesday. Ambassadors from across the union supported an expanded role of support … Read More »

UN Secretary General calls for elimination of chemical weapons

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United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for the final elimination of global chemical weapon stockpiles as the centennial of their first use in Belgium passed on Tuesday. In remembering this anniversary the secretary general stated that a fitting … Read More »

U.S. House subcommittee holds bioterror hearing


The House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications held a hearing today on strategy and perspectives with regards to biological terrorism threats. Among the witnesses scheduled to testify were Jim Talent, a former senator and vice chair of the Commission on … Read More »

Experts: Preparstoon, communication vital to biopreparedness

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The federal government must show leadership in both preparation and communications when it comes to bioterrorism, experts said Wednesday. The potential for biological attacks has long been on the government’s radar, former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) said. The former vice-chair … Read More »

Karl Nell appointed VP of ENSCO’s National Security Solutions Division

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ENSCO Inc. announced on Tuesday that it has appointed Karl Nell as the vice president of the company’s National Security Solutions (NSS) Division. Nell comes to ENSCO with 25 years of experience within technology and leadership fields. He has worked … Read More »

Emergency exercises underway at Reese Technology Center


The Reese Technology Center (RTC) in Lubbock, Texas, begins a three-day exercise on Tuesday to evaluate the incident response capacities of its staff, faculty and security personnel. Many first response vehicles and their respective staff members will be on the … Read More »

Smiths Detection selected for London’s Luton Airport renovations


As a part of London’s Luton Airport’s (LLA) planned renovation of approximately $149.5 million, Smiths Detection was selected as a contractual partner for the airport’s security enhancements, the company announced on Tuesday. As a part of their contract, Smiths will … Read More »

OPCW issues 100-year declaration on chemical weapons

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Tuesday issued a declaration that further cements its commitment to efforts against chemical weapons on the 100th anniversary of their first large-scale, wartime use. On April 22, 1915, chlorine gas … Read More »

UN leader marks Chemical Warfare Remembrance day

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement as the April 29 Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare nears. According to the statement, this year marks the 100-year anniversary of the first large-scale uses of chemical armaments … Read More »

Bioterrorism on docket of Emergency Preparedness subcommittee

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The House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communication said it will focus on biological threats and strategic prevention at its hearing Wednesday. Witness scheduled to testify include University of Arizona College of Medicine interim Dean Charles … Read More »