Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu warned that non-state actors are likely developing and using chemical weapons abroad during his keynote speech last week at the 19th International Chemical Weapons Demilitarization Conference in London.... Read More »
Avon Protection on Monday introduced new technology designed to combat chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats for first responders and other security-related officers.
One of the new products includes the Avon CSPARR, the newest generation of CBRN powered air purifying... Read More »
Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), addressed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction Arms Control Disarmament in Slovenia on Wednesday regarding security challenges facing the OPCW.... Read More »
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director General Ahmet Üzümcü met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday to discuss a wide variety of issues pertaining to chemical weapons.
One of the main topics for discussion was the... Read More »
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) held a workshop on Friday in Lyon, France, to enhance the capacity of authorities in Iraq to better prevent, detect and respond to biological threats.
“I am confident this workshop will deepen our levels of awareness – not just on... Read More »
The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) announced on Monday that it has built an enhanced threat detection device called CASTLE that increases the range of detection for CBRNE threats.
CASTLE, which stands for CBRNE assessment science and technology lab at ECBC, greatly... Read More »
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in cooperation with the National Authority of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, began a new training course last week dealing with potential transfers of chemical weapons in certain areas.
The initiative focuses on... Read More »
A new report released on Monday by the Syrian-American Medical Society revealed that more than 600 chemical attacks have killed 1,491 people during the five years of ongoing conflict in Syria.
The report, “The New Normal, Ongoing Chemical Attacks in Syria,” found that 69 chemical weapon... Read More »
The U.S. Army Contracting Command announced on Feb. 25 that it had awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to provide logistics support services to the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense... Read More »
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director General Ahmet Uzumcu announced last week that the European Union has provided a total of $5 million for fact-finding work in Syria and other joint United Nations ventures.
“This important contribution will enable the... Read More »
Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced this week that they have developed a new simulation for drug-membrane permeability, increasing the production speed for nerve agent treatments.
By using in-house supercomputers, LLNL researchers are simulating the energy... Read More »
Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) recently announced that it has developed a device known as SmartCAR that uses colorimetric assay to identify such dangerous chemical compounds as anthrax, ricin and plague.
“Although much of the technology in SmartCAR is commercial off-the-shelf, it... Read More »
The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) commenced a training exercise last week aimed at handling environments affected by chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats (CBRNE).
The course, entitled “Hazardous Materials Evidence Collection for CBRNE Incidents (HEC),”... Read More »
Meetings of the Five Country Ministerial and the Quintet of Attorneys General meetings were jointly held on Feb. 16-17 by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Director of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to discuss the latest issue surrounding international security.
Lynch and Johnson’s... Read More »
The Conference of the States Parties announced on Wednesday that it would host an event to celebrate the inaugural International Day for the Foundation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), or “OPCW Day,” from May 2-4 at OPCW headquarters.
Deliberations over... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently detailed the extensive security effort in securing the site for Super Bowl 50.
Among the agencies involved in the effort were the Travel Safety Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),... Read More »
Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., announced on Wednesday that its ruggedized, military-grade auto-injector platform will be tested and developed as a platform for nerve agent antidote delivery by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Battelle.
Emergent’s Emergard platform, selected from several... Read More »
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) warned on Tuesday that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) has begun using chemical weapons in targeted attacks against American-supported fighters.
The reported attacks occurred in August during fighting in northern Iraq, targeting the... Read More »
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 »
Lloyd’s, a specialized insurance and reinsurance market, recently commissioned Chatham House to produce a study involving the risks of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons to improve the public knowledge of these threats.
The report highlights strategic trends in... Read More »
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 »
The president and chair of the board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) supported efforts by Congress to improve first responder preparedness for bioterrorism attacks but said that even more work remains while testifying on Tuesday at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental... Read More »
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.
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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 announced this week that it will begin training in Laos, Cambodia, to enhance investigative skills against illicit chemical weapons.
Under Project Chase, a program designed to combat chemical weapons smuggling, the organization will run a five-day training course from Jan. 18-22. The... Read More »
Terrorist attacks on four British cities were thwarted last week after two pilots were intercepted discussing the plan using their “mayday” channel.
The pilots were discovered after using the mayday channel, which they did not believe was monitored. The attacks would have hit Bath, Brighton,... Read More »
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) commitment to advancing the Medical Countermeasures Innovation Act of 2015 was applauded this week by the Alliance for Biosecurity.
The act, introduced in September by Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob... Read More »
Reports this week warned that ISIS is testing dirty bombs containing colorless and odorless gas on captured Kurdish fighters.
The reports follow recently released photographs of Kurdish fighters with terrible blisters and burns on their skin that experts believe were caused by chemical bombs,... Read More »
Members of the House Committee on Small Business last Wednesday pushed back against Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on widespread mismanagement within the organization.
Committee Chairman Steve... Read More »
AAP Gateway, a department of the American Association of Pediatrics, released a report for February shedding light onto the ongoing problem regarding medical countermeasures (MCM) during emergencies, disasters and terrorism.
While major outlets that specialize in MCMs have made headway,... Read More »
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced last week that its subcontractor, Veolia, has completed the disposal of all remaining chemical weapons declared by the Syrian Arab Republic.
Director General of the OPCW Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü commented on the latest... Read More »