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Friday, May 7th, 2021

Government

UTMB collaborates with Brazil to combat Zika virus

The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced a letter of intent on Friday to collaborate with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston to research and develop a Zika virus vaccine The initiative of the collaborating will be directed toward the development of joint research... Read More »

McCaul releases February terrorism snapshot

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) announced on Monday that the committee has released its “snapshot” terrorism assessment for the month of February. “The Islamist terror threat remains alarmingly high as recent arrests and terror plots demonstrate,” McCaul... Read More »

INTERPOL, Barclays partner in Singapore for cyber security

INTERPOL and Barclays have announced that they will enter into a private-public partnership in order to enhance the cyber security of both institutions. As part of the agreement, Barclays will become the first financial institution to have full-time staff operating at the INTERPOL Global Complex... Read More »

Potomac Institute: Terrorism threat continues to grow

The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies held its “International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2015 and Outlook for 2016” on Monday at the National Press Club, featuring a panel of experts from the Blue Ribbon Panel who warned that bioterrorism remains a growing... Read More »

NIH seeks research applications for Zika virus study

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its research priorities on Friday for studies to investigate how Zika virus infection affects reproduction, pregnancy and the developing fetus. The virus is currently present in approximately 30 countries and territories, notably in Latin... Read More »

Heitkamp commemorates AMO’s 10th anniversary

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) announced the success of her bipartisan resolution on Thursday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Air and Marine Operations (AMO). AMO oversees a facility at Grand Forks Air Force Base, opened in 2009, and uses manned and unmanned aircraft to... Read More »

DHS works with Home Office on first responder uniform

The new Base Ensemble Project, a collaboration between the United Kingdom’s Home Office and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), aims to create a uniform that will provide emergency first responders with the protection they need. First Responders often... Read More »

OPCW head gives talk on disarmament for peace

The leader of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ahmet Uzumcu gave a speech on Monday entitled “Re-arming our Humanity: Contributions of Disarmament to Peace.” The speech marks 20 years since the Chemical Weapons Convention concluded, making it the only remaining... Read More »

NRSDEC announces development of “second skin”

Scientists at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) recently announced the development of a new kind of “second skin” that will protect soldiers from potential 21st century biological hazards. "The material design is based on the use of responsive polymer... Read More »

GAO makes cybersecurity recommendations

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced on Thursday that it has made a series of recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding the vulnerabilities of cyber infrastructure and how to better prevent cybercrime attacks. The GAO noted that the National... Read More »

Batelle announces qualification for JE-ClaSS contract

Batelle has announced that it has qualified for a bid to provide technical and logistic services to the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense as part of the Joint Enterprise Contracted Logistics and Services Support (JE-CLaSS) Multi-Award Task Order Contract program. ... Read More »

BARDA, HHS seek animal test models for CBRN threats

The United Stated Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) facilities to support establishing new animal tests/models for the development of biological medical countermeasures against biological threats, influenza and emerging infectious... Read More »

INTERPOL holds nuclear trafficking conference

Nuclear weapons are the greatest means of instant wide-scale destruction, and the illegal trafficking of such devices is the focus of a new international conference being held by INTERPOL this week. The conference is expected to draw some 270 participants from more than 100 countries around the... Read More »

Battelle secures new DoD cyber security contract

Battelle announced on Thursday that it has been awarded s Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Cyber Security and Information Systems Technical Area Tasks (CS TAT) five-year, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Department of Defense. The new contract succeeds... Read More »

Sandia leads efforts to update power grid

Sandia National Laboratories is participating in the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium’s efforts to modernize the U.S.’s electrical grid and using its expertise in grid modernization to take the lead in the area of security and resilience. “Sandia has decades of experience in... Read More »

NIH experts discuss lessons learned from Ebola outbreak

In an issue this month for the medical journal Clinical Trials, leading researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), described the series of challenges and lessons learned to prevent future outbreaks. Among... Read More »

FirstNet announces RFP

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently announced its first Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the public safety broadband network. The announcement, issued on January 13, is an important step in FirstNet’s objective of creating a modern communications network for... Read More »

Ebola response strengthens health services in West Africa

As part of a year-in-review process, the Center for Disease Control recently outlined the steps of the Ebola recovery process in the Western African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. While the disease had a deadly impact in 2015, its spread had already diminished. In January 2015,... Read More »

DHS announces the 2016 Cyber Volunteer Initiative

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week that it will be accepting applications for the 2016 Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Volunteer Initiative. Under the program, more than 50 individually selected volunteers would complete assignments supporting the DHS cyber mission... Read More »