Wednesday, January 20th, 2021


Interpol holds bioterrorism workshop

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 »

ECBC develops portable biological compound tester

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 »

CDP trains first responders on CBRNE evidence collection

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 »

Conference of States Parties announces OPCW day events

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 »

Homeland Security details Super Bowl security

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 »

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 »

Lloyd’s publishes new CBRN risk report

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 »

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 »

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 training targets chemical smuggling

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 thwarted

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 »

Report: ISIS testing chemical weapons on Kurdish fighters

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 »