Category Archives: U.S. Policy

Sens. Blunt, McCaskill praise passage of biosecurity resolution

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U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) praised the passage on Thursday of a resolution that highlighted the importance of biosecurity and agro-defense to U.S. national and economic security. The resolution stated that the U.S. must not forget … Read More »

Iowa legislative liaison provides update on key initiatives

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Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Legislative Liaison John Benson recently said that two of the department’s initiatives have moved through the first funnel of the legislature, and are still part of the discussion for this session. Benson said Senate … Read More »

Pascrell: Bioterror threat a life or death matter

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The Obama administration’s 2012 strategy to prevent bioterrorism is failing and strengthening security against bioterror is a matter of life or death, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said on Tuesday. Pascrell made the remarks during a hearing called “Bioterrorism: Assessing the … Read More »

House considers Homeland Security Act amendment

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The U.S. House of Representatives will consider on an amendment on Feb. 3 to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 meant to enhance U.S. medical preparedness, medical surge capacity and mass prophylaxis capabilities. The Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act, H.R. … Read More »

Medical countermeasures may be weak link in U.S. biodefense

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Medical countermeasure production must be enhanced if the U.S. wants to be prepared to respond to bioterrorism, according to an op-ed recently published in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Christina England, a master’s candidate in security policy … Read More »

U.S. will look into reports of chemical attack in Damascus

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The U.S. will look into reports of an alleged chemical weapons attack carried out by the regime air force in Syria, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks … Read More »

U.S. supports international help in disposal of Syria’s chemical arsenal

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The U.S supports the efforts of countries throughout the world in contributing to efforts to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, the State Department said on Thursday. Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Thursday during her … Read More »

U.S. welcomes news of chemical weapon progress in Syria

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The U.S. welcomed the announcement that progress was made in Syria to remove an initial amount of priority chemical materials from the country, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the … Read More »

U.S. still tracking toward June for destruction of Syrian arsenal

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Despite weather and security concerns, the U.S. is still tracking the original June 30 deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the … Read More »

U.S. says deadline still in place for Syrian chemical weapon disposal

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The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons continues to support a December 31 deadline for removing priority one chemicals from Syria, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the … Read More »

OPCW praises U.S. operational support in Syria

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons praised U.S. operational and financial support in the mission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks … Read More »

U.S. pledges technological and financial support to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Executive Council said on Friday that the United States offered to donate infrastructure to destroy Syria’s priority chemicals. The announcement was made by the OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü, who said that the … Read More »

President Obama will extend national emergency against proliferation

U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he will extend the national emergency regarding proliferation of weapons of mass destruction for an additional year to safeguard the U.S. The national emergency began with Executive Order 12938 on November 14, … Read More »

Hagel says military power is an important part of diplomatic resolutions in Syria, Iran

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Military power was a significant contribution to recent diplomatic openings in both Syria and Iran, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday. Hagel made the remarks on Tuesday during the Center for Strategic & International Studies Global Security … Read More »

U.S. encourages nations to support OPCW in Syria

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The U.S. is encouraging other nations to lend support to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to help in the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal, the State Department said on Tuesday. Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the … Read More »