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Friday, September 24th, 2021


Zilinskas: U.S. biodefense needs improvement

The United States is increasingly turning to biodefense as threats against the homeland continue to grow, but the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey's Dr. Raymond Zilinskas recently warned that the larger problem remains that no one knows the true state of American... Read More »

Upton, Murphy press HHS on Zika virus response

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), along with Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) criticizing the department’s response to the ongoing spread of the Zika... Read More »

Payne homeland security grants bill passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Friday introduced by Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., (D-NJ) to improve coordination between state and local partners on funding priorities for homeland security grants. “Emergency preparedness takes a whole community, but too often there is a... Read More »

Frech: U.S. should focus on biodefense, preparation

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense’s “National Blueprint for Biodefense” warned that “the United States is underprepared for biological threats,” adding that “biological events may be inevitable, (but) their level of impact on our country is not.” To combat a biological... Read More »

Ratcliffe: Cyber insurance may help in future incidents

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) chaired a hearing on Wednesday that examined the possibility of cyber insurance as a risk management strategy for future incidents. “Cyber risks are rapidly evolving, and cyber insurance has the potential to be an important tool for facilitating improvements in... Read More »

Zeldin’s counterterrorism bill passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016, H.R. 4314, authored by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), on Tuesday. “Today the House acted decisively to shut down the jihadist superhighway that allows extremists to get to their safe... Read More »

FDA approves new anthrax treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved the Anthim injection to treat inhalation anthrax in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs. Anthim is also approved to prevent inhalation anthrax when alternative therapies are not available or appropriate. “As... Read More »

McCaul releases March terrorism threat snapshot

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on Tuesday released a monthly assessment on terror threats that face the United States and its allies. “This week’s Islamist terror plots in Canada and Europe are a grim reminder of the heightened threat environment America... Read More »