UNDT calls for U.S. to update its biodefense efforts

Universal Detection Technologies, a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies that offer protection against biological, chemical and radiological weapons, has said that the United States must update its chemical and biological defense efforts to deal with the evolving threat of attack.

The company cites recent reports by the RAND Corporation and NBC New York about threats that rogue nations and terrorist groups present in regards to the potential use of chemical or biological agents, including potential attacks of major Wall Street banks.

“Given the inherent secrecy with which states and other actors will conduct [chemical and biological] CB agent development, adversary programs could acquire new CB agents years before US defense planners recognize those agents,” the RAND Corporation report says. “After the U.S. intelligence community recognizes those CB agents as threats, the United States will probably need many more years to establish a comprehensive defense against them. Such gaps in CB defense capabilities pose a potentially serious risk to US military operations."

Universal Detection Technology has seen these threats and has grown the number of products it offers to deal with these potential threats.

"As the world witnesses unrest in some very volatile regions in the Middle East and North Africa, there is a growing concern that weapons of mass destruction can be acquired by rogue regimes and terrorists and be used against the United States and its allies,” Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology, said. “Universal Detection Technology has grown its product portfolio to address all aspects of CBRNE threats with fast acting detection of such threats. We recently added Tularemia to the list of agents that our detection kits can rapidly identify in a sample. We plan to add more detection capabilities for agents such as Brucella and Pox soon as we anticipate the types of agents that might be utilized by terrorists."

UNDT has worked on its own and with development partners like NASA to create monitoring technologies including bioterrorism detection devices.