Republic of Georgia has CBRN action plan


A chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) national action plan for the Republic of Georgia was approved Friday. The action plan was approved by the Georgian Interagency Coordinating Council for Countering CBRN Threats. The plan’s development was supported by the European … Read More »

Center for Strategic and International Studies names new director of nuclear issues


The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) announced on Friday that Rebecca Hersman will join them as the director of the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) program. They also stated that she will serve as senior advisor for the … Read More »

Logical Operations’ first responder exam receives ProCert accreditation


Logical Operations, a provider of information technology instructor-led courseware, on Thursday announced that the Certified Logical Operations CyberSec First Responder exam is ProCert accredited. The ProCert accreditation program measures the key features of a certification program and rates the overall … Read More »

U.S. ambassador to the U.N. speaks about Syrian victims of chemical weaponry

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Samantha Power gave an address on Thursday, following the testimony given by survivors of chemical attacks in Syria and experts on the situation. The U.N. Security Council heard from Dr. Mohammad Tennari, a … Read More »

Latvian official meets with OPCW director-general

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Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü, of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), on Thursday. Among the topics discussed was the progress that has been made on OPCW project areas and the further implementation of … Read More »

Cleveland Biolabs receives DOD funding recommendation


The Department of Defense (DOD) recently issued a recommendation to support the further research and development into entolimod, a medical radiation countermeasure from Cleveland Biolabs, Inc. In animal models, the compound showed efficacy in treating and preventing fatality following high … Read More »

FEMA seeks emergency management specialist


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking an emergency management specialist at its Herndon, Virginia, office, according to a Wednesday job listing. This position is open to U.S. citizens who can pass a background investigation and hold the appropriate … Read More »

First-response exercises concluded for Latin American nations

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported on the recent Table Top Exercise in Chemical Emergency Response for Central American states and Mexico on Thursday. This session took place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from April 7 to the … Read More »

Ebola response focus of federal budget meeting

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A hearing was held on Wednesday by the U.S. House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee regarding response efforts to combat the Ebola virus. Top health officials gave testimony on the importance of bolstering the … Read More »

Sri Lanka official visits OPCW headquarters

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Sri Lanka’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera visited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) headquarters on Wednesday to meet with the organization’s Director General Ahmet Üzümcü. The leaders discussed Sri Lanka’s history of supporting the OPCW’s work … Read More »

Experts: Appropriations needed for faster outbreak responses


Last year’s emergency funding to address the Ebola virus outbreak helped with the U.S. government’s response, public health officials told lawmakers Wednesday at a Committee on Appropriations hearing, but they added that more consistent appropriations are necessary to ensure fast … Read More »

Toxic Exposure Research Act introduced for veteran families

U.S. Rep. Dr. Dan Benishek (R-MI)

U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI) joined three other lawmakers on Tuesday in introducing the bicameral, bipartisan Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, which supports research of health conditions inherited from a family member who served in the military. Benishek was … Read More »

ChemImage to update homeland security community on technological advances


A senior scientist from ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS) will brief security experts on the progress the company and its partner are making toward developing a novel standoff Raman hyperspectral imager based on a spatial heterodyne UV Raman spectrometer at an … Read More »

Costa Rica official visits OPCW headquarters

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported Monday that its headquarters were visited by Costa Rica’s Minister of External Affairs. During his visit, Manuel Antonio Gonzalez Sanz met with OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü. Sanz said the OPCW’s … Read More »

Response Biomedical reaches co-development milestone


Response Biomedical Corp. reached its third earning milestone in a development project with Hangzhou Joinstar Biomedical Technology Co. Ltd., the company announced Tuesday. It reached the $360,000 mark after the successful delivery of components in a rapid immunoassay analyzer in … Read More »