Author Archives: Jeffrey Bigongiari

U.S. to strengthen missile defense for homeland, allies

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The United States plans to strengthen its missile defense capability and deploy an additional radar system in Japan. The plans are seen as a means of offering greater protection for the U.S. homeland and U.S. allies during a period of … Read More »

North Korea threatens U.S. in Pacific

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North Korea threatened to launch attacks against U.S. military bases in Japan and Guam in retaliation for recent B-52 bomber exercises conducted over the Korean Peninsula. The threat came amid increasingly heightened tensions between the North and South Korea and … Read More »

Kim Jong-un visits drone tests

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un recently supervised a drone attack on a simulated South Korean target. North Korea’s state-controlled news agency said the drone succeeded in shooting down a mock South Korean cruise missile. Pyongyang recently ramped up military exercises … Read More »

Australian anthrax outbreak under control

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Australian authorizes recently announced they believe an anthrax outbreak in New South Wales has been contained. Two properties in the northern portion of the state are still under quarantine as investigators continue to search for a cause of the outbreak … Read More »

White House names new CBRN coordinator

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The White House recently announced that a senior European affairs adviser on the National Security Council will move into a post created to stop the spread of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. Senior Director for European Affairs Elizabeth Sherwood-Randal, … Read More »

B3 Solutions awarded five-year JPEO-CBD contract

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B3 Solutions recently announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract from the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense. The contract gives B3 a major role in support of JPEO-CBD Omnibus Program … Read More »

Hagel announces changes to European missile defense plans

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Russia was not mollified by a U.S. decision to cancel plans that would have placed long-term missile interceptors in Poland. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently announced the change in plans to the fourth in a four phase system. … Read More »

Indra develops CBRNe vehicle

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Florida-based Indra Systems recently finished the development of a vehicle designed to recognize threats from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. The vehicle, which uses a commercial van as a platform, has also been designed to detect improvised explosive devices. … Read More »

Clapper: Assad increasingly likely to use CBRN weapons

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently characterized the Syrian regime as increasingly beleaguered and more likely to employ chemical or biological weapons. Clapper testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that the more tenuous Assad’s hold on power, the more dangerous … Read More »

Alliance Scale introduces chemical-resistant product

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Alliance Scale, Inc., recently announced its introduction of a portable floor scale capable of resisting a chemical attack. Alliance’s DeckHand Portable Floor Scale contains a folding ramp and battery operated weight indicator. It is made out of stainless steel, making … Read More »

Philadelphia post office holds biohazard detection drill

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The U.S. Postal Service in Philadelphia recently underwent a major test of its Biohazard Detection System response plan. Local, state and federal first responders participated in the two hour drill at the U.S. Postal Service’s Philadelphia Mail Processing and Distribution … Read More »

U.S. intelligence director says North Korea poses serious threat

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The U.S. director of National Intelligence recently warned a Senate panel that a nuclear weapon-armed North Korea is a serious threat. James R. Clapper gave the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee an overview of how the U.S. intelligence apparatus views the … Read More »

Qatar plans amendments to chemical weapons laws

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Qatar recently announced plans to introduce amendments to an important law governing chemical weapons control. The amendment has been designed to ensure that government agencies have clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Vice Chairman of the Qatari National Committee of the … Read More »

U.S. Treasury Department to sanction North Korean currency exchange

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U.S. President Barack Obama’s national security advisor recently said the U.S. Treasury Department is imposing sanctions against North Korea’s main foreign exchange institution. President Obama’s national security advisor, Tom Donilon, said North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank plays a role in … Read More »

DHS testing drone sensors with CBRN-detection capability

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The U.S. Department of Homeland recently initiated trials of a variety of small unmanned aircraft platforms loaded with sensor arrays that could potentially aid emergency teams responding to a radiological or chemical incident. DHS will conduct tests of Small Unmanned … Read More »