Author Archives: Paul Tinder

UNODA discusses challenge of emerging technologies

Angela Kane

Members of the U.N. Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters must develop new ways of thinking about the disarmament and verification of emerging technologies, the U.N. Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) recently said. Angela Kane, the high representative for disarmament affairs … Read More »

NanoViricides celebrates grand opening of new facility


NanoViricides, Inc., a developmental-stage biopharmaceutical company, celebrated the grand opening on Monday of its new research and development and current good manufacturing practices pilot manufacturing facility. The company, which is developing drugs against viral diseases like H1N1 swine flu, H5N1 … Read More »

Asynchrony provides updated software release to CSTs


Asynchrony, an information technology consulting firm, recently announced that it provided an updated release of its mobile field kit (MFK) software to National Guard Civil Support Teams (CSTs) to help with July 4 events. The MFK has been deployed by … Read More »

FAO warns of potential Ebola risk among West African fruit bats


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced on Monday that enhanced efforts are needed to increase awareness among West African communities about potential Ebola infection risks from certain wildlife species. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are … Read More »

Sen. Durbin praises passage of defense appropriations bill

Dick Durbin

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) praised the bipartisan approval on Thursday of the Defense Appropriations Act by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Durbin, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, applauded the approval of the $549.3 billion spending bill for … Read More »

ChemImage Sensor Systems selected to develop portable chemical detector

chemimage sensor systems

ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS), a subsidiary of ChemImage Corporation, announced on Monday that it was selected by the U.S. Army as one of the organizations to develop a portable chemical agent detection system. The U.S. Army Next Generation Chemical Detector … Read More »

ECDC urges discussion on dual-use research


The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) advocated for open discussion last week on studies where potential pandemic threats are created as part of dual-use research. The call for a European forum on dual-use research came after a … Read More »

U.S. discusses counterterrorism with China

U.S. department of state

The U.S. expressed concerns about ongoing discrimination and restrictions on minorities in China during a discussion about counterterrorism strategy, the State Department said on Thursday. Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks during her daily press … Read More »

OPCW, South Africa organize training for customs officers


The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the National Authority of South Africa recently organized a training course for customs officers in south and east Africa related to chemical weapon transfers. The course, which took place on July … Read More »

Amendment would cut $4.2 million from 2015 National Security Council budget

Rodney Frelinghuysen

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) submitted an amendment on Tuesday to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act that would cut the National Security Council‘s 2015 budget by $4.2 million. Frelinghuysen said the National Security Council is the president’s staff … Read More »

House subcommittee investigates CDC anthrax incidents


The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations continued its investigation on Wednesday of incidents involving the mishandling of anthrax and other dangerous agents by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last week, leaders of the subcommittee … Read More »

NNSA leads Baltimore showcase of radiological emergency response assets


The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) led an extensive demonstration on July 15-16 of state and federal emergency response assets from the National Capital Region that can be deployed during emergencies. The demonstration took place during the Health Physics Society‘s … Read More »

Attorney General Holder calls on Europe to adopt U.S. counterterrorism methods

Eric Holder

U.S. Attorney General Eric holder called on more European countries last week to adopt American-style counterterrorism laws and practices to keep would-be terrorists from traveling to Syria. The FBI has actively tracked individuals who expressed interest in joining terrorist groups … Read More »

CDC places moratorium on hazardous biomaterial transfers

Tom Frieden

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a moratorium on Friday on the movement of biological materials from biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) and BSL-4 facilities. The moratorium came after three safety incidents involving the potential exposure of lab … Read More »

IAEA says nuclear material seized in Iraq was low grade


The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s atomic watchdog, said on Thursday it believes the nuclear material seized by insurgents in Iraq was low grade and did not pose significant security risks. Iraq said the material was used for scientific … Read More »