Category Archives: BioTerrorism

Mauritania accedes to Biological Weapons Convention


The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Africa reported on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic of Mauritania joined the Biological Weapons Convention that prohibits the development, stockpile and use of biological weapons. The nation’s agreement to the convention marks a … Read More »

House committee launches anti-terror task force


The House Committee on Homeland Security said on Wednesday that a task force has been established to address efforts by the government to prevent terror attacks. The bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel is made up … Read More »

CDC CHEMPACKs available after an airborne terror attack


Airborne terror attacks aren’t just a hypothetical scenario, and being prepared for a possible attack is key to more people surviving, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said. The CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile CHEMPACK program contains nerve-agent … Read More »

Kerry speaks at Countering Violent Extremism summit


Secretary of State John Kerry spoke Thursday at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, highlighting the challenges the international community faces as he introduced United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The overarching theme of the summit was the … Read More »

Crime Subcommittee to meet on ISIL and domestic threats of terrorism

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee announced on Thursday that its Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Islamic State and domestic threats of terror. The hearing is to discuss the potential influence … Read More »

Obama: United States will prevail in the face of violent extremism

Barack Obama

While delivering a speech at the recent summit on countering violent extremism, President Barack Obama said that the United States has a history of withstanding violent attacks and is prepared to continue to do so. Obama delivered the closing remarks … Read More »

Florida man sentenced for toxin development, conspiracy to kill U.K. woman


A Florida man was sentenced Wednesday to over nine years in prison for the production and sale of deadly toxins and conspiracy to commit murder, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. In August, Jesse Korff pleaded guilty to five counts of … Read More »

Sandia’s anthrax detector recognized with Federal Lab Consortium award

Sandia scientists Jason Harper, Melissa Finley and Thayne Edwards with a BaDx anthrax detector.

Sandia National Laboratories announced on Tuesday that its anthrax detection device netted them the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s (FLC) 2015 Excellence in Technology Transfer award. The Bacillus anthracis Diagnostics (BaDx) device is no larger than an average credit or debit card … Read More »

Department of Homeland Security to make statement at White House Summit


Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, will participate in the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, along with other senior department members, will join Johnson at the summit, said … Read More »

Global Security Asia 2015 conference to focus on ISIS


Organizers of the Global Security Asia (GSA) 2015 Counter-terrorism Conference and Exhibition said this week that the focus of the conference will be ISIS and what threats the terrorist group poses in the region. The conference will take place March … Read More »

Soligenix: Ricin vaccine shows early promise


Soligenix presented preliminary trial data on Friday at the American Society of Microbiology on the potential success of its vaccine against ricin, RiVax. In preliminary studies involving nonhuman primates, it was demonstrated that subjects who received three doses of the … Read More »

Sandia Labs trio honored for anthrax-detection device

Sandia National Laboratories scientists, from left, Jason Harper, Melissa Finley and Thayne Edwards display a BaDx anthrax detector. The trio were recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for their work in commercializing the BaDx technology.

Three Sandia Labs scientists from Sandia National Laboratories won the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s (FLC) 2015 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for developing an anthrax-detection device that is about the size of a credit card, Sandia Labs said Thursday. Bacillus … Read More »

Report: North Korea increasing biological, chemical warfare exercises


More than a dozen large-scale biological and chemical warfare exercises have been held by North Korea over the last year, according to¬† recent South Korean intelligence reports. The North Korean army, as part of an increase in its drills, has … Read More »

Study finds anthrax, Bubonic plague in New York City subway system


DNA fragments associated with anthrax and Bubonic plague were found in the New York City subway system according to a recently published Weill Cornell Medical College study in the journal Cell Systems. The citywide micro biome map shows that it … Read More »

First of 12 Syrian chemical-weapon plants razed


The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Tuesday that the first of 12 chemical-weapon manufacturing facilities has been destroyed in Syria. the group said this is the first of 12 facilities that are scheduled to be … Read More »