Fighting COVID-19 with science

"Mobile laboratories have proven to be very efficient for the diagnosis of highly dangerous pathogens as well as for training health workers”, stated Dr Eyüp Turmus, NATO SPS Advisor and Programme Manager. In Morocco and Tunisia, an ongoing SPS project is developing...

ADELFAS leads a NATO project between Spain, Morocco and Tunisia

ADELFAS leads a NATO project between Spain, Morocco and Tunisia

ADELFAS is leading a NATO project under the “SCIENCE FOR PEACE AND SECURITY” program, which promotes dialogue and practical cooperation between allies and partners, through scientific research, technological innovation and the exchange of knowledge…

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Tons of uranium missing from Libyan site, IAEA tells member states

10 drums containing uranium ore have disappeared. Read More ... [...]

MediciNova Announces Additional Extension of BARDA Contract to Develop MN-166 (ibudilast) as a Medical Countermeasure Against Chlorine Gas-induced Lung Injury

MediciNova, Inc.,has announced a modification to its contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a part of the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to repurpose MN-166 (ibudilast) as a potential medical countermeasure (MCM) against chlorine gas-induced lung damage such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and acute lung injury (ALI). The contract was amended to extend the period of performance until May 31, 2023. This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services; Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response; Biomedical Advanced Research and… [...]

Smiths Detection innovation allows for the mobile detection of explosives, narcotics and super toxic chemicals

The launch of the LCD 4 – a body worn toxic chemical detector – alongside a first of its kind extension – XID – brings enhanced versatility to the detector, allowing it to identify traces of super toxic chemical agents, narcotics and explosives – including fentanyl and novichok Read More ... [...]

Liberty Defense Receives a Letter of Intent from the Greater Toronto Airports Authority to Purchase HEXWAVE for use in Airport Security Programs.

February 21, 2023 – Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. a leading technology provider of AI-based next generation detection solutions for concealed weapons and threats, is pleased to announce it has received a Letter of Intent from the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to acquire the HEXWAVE™ for use at Toronto Pearson International Airport, subject to further evaluation. Toronto Pearson is located in Mississauga, west of Toronto, in Ontario, Canada. It is Canada’s largest airport and the sixth-most-connected airport in the world. “As the first airport in the world to test HEXWAVE, we see the potential benefits of utilizing this innovative solution as… [...]

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense named top performers for 2022 during its second annual awards ceremony at the Pentagon on Feb. 2. Leanne A. Chacon, of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense , was named recipient of the Chemical and Biological Defense individual-junior award.  Her actions and effectiveness have been exceptional and contributed significantly to the JPEO-CBRND's efforts," said Col. Bill Epolito, the chief of staff for CBD. "Her extraordinary leadership and accomplishments as the assistant product manager, successfully leading the Cue Health Industrial Base expansion… [...]

Reuters reported that the RescEU element of the European Commission (see interview with Dr Cavallo in CBRNe World 2022-01) had provided Finland with 242 million euros ($262 million) to set up for the first time a reserve against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats for use by all member states. The reserve will consist of rescue equipment and medical supplies, such as antidotes and radiation metres, that are intended to protect first responders and the civilian population, Finland's interior ministry said. Ready for use from 2024, the reserve aims to dispatch supplies to a disaster or crisis area within 12 hours of an… [...]

Mining company 'sorry' about lost Caesium-137 capsule

Update: The capsule has now been found on the Highway near the town of Newman, and will be taken to a secure facility in Perth.  Mining giant Rio Tinto is working with authorities to try to find a radioactive capsule that went missing in Western Australia this month. Rio Tinto said the device involved was a density gauge, which was being used at its Gudai-Darri mine site in Western Australia to measure the density of iron ore feed. The silver capsule from the gauge is a mere is just 6mm (0.24 inches) in diameter and 8mm long. The capsule was… [...]

Originally published in Police Professional  Following the Manchester Arena attack in 2017, the Government committed to enhancing its capabilities to detect terrorist activity including that which involves the use of bomb-making materials, also known as ‘explosives precursors’. New measures will come into force under the Poisons Act 1972 on October 1 and include improving requirements for reporting of suspicious activity, adding new substances, providing additional obligations on online marketplaces, and requiring that certain information is recorded when selling regulated explosives precursors to business users. Security Minister Tom Tugendhat said: “Around the UK, businesses and individuals use various chemicals for a… [...]

What do Levi Stadium, Alcatraz Island, BART, Ring Central Stadium and Santa Clara University have in common?  They are all hosting an exercise called BAYEX 2023. California National Guard's Hayward-based 95th WMD Civil Support Team has partnered with federal, state, and local agencies including the FBI, NCRIC, USCG Pac Strike Team, Civil Support Teams from Los Angeles, Nevada, Idaho, and Colorado, local fire and law enforcement, and CoCo County’s Health Hazmat Team to conduct a four-day exercise responding to domestic threat, training scenarios.  It’s real-world training that mimics worst-case-scenarios aimed at building interagency skills.  BAYEX 2023 offers participants an opportunity… [...]

Pascale Ferrier pleads guilty to sending Ricin laced letters

Pascale Ferrier, of Quebec, has plead guilty to sending a threatening letter containing ricin to Donald Trump at the White House when he was president.  Read More ... [...]

Doomsday Clock set at 90 seconds to midnight

Press release from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. “Unprecedented Danger”: Russia-Ukraine War Pushes Iconic Doomsday Clock Closest to Midnight Ever in its History.  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Also Cite Bio-Threats, Nuclear Proliferation, Climate Crisis, State-Sponsored Disinformation and Disruptive Technology. The Doomsday Clock was set at 90 seconds to midnight, due largely but not exclusively to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the increased risk of nuclear escalation. The new Clock time was also influenced by continuing threats posed by the climate crisis and the breakdown of global norms and institutions needed to mitigate risks associated with advancing technologies and biological threats… [...]

Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences after uranium found at Heathrow

Oringinally published by Robert Mendick in the Telegraph. A businessman has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism over an alleged attempt to import radioactive uranium into the UK.  Read More ... [...]