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France’s nuclear-energy champion is in turmoil

These are difficult times for Electricité de France (EDF), the country’s quasi-monopolistic electricity provider, serving 88% of homes. Outages at no fewer than 18 of the 58 EDF-owned nuclear reactors that provide three-quarters of...


ROK-U.S. Alliance: “Forged in the Fire of War”

n an effort to keep strengthening ties, leaders from the 20th Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives Command sat with members of the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) army for a Command Overview brief at...


Images show PLAAF testing possible new air-to-air missile

China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has been flight testing what appears to be a new long-range air-to-air missile (AAM), according to images posted on Chinese online forums. Published on the social media...


States divided on nuclear disarmament initiative

Key Points For the first time since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was concluded in 1970, a new multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiation is set to commence in 2017 with the aim of prohibiting all...


US, South Korea begin joint aerial exercise

Units from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the United States commenced the six-day ‘Vigilant Ace 17’ aerial exercise on 30 November, an official of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul told...


Cracking the Code of Deadly Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis

Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV) has a mortality as high as 80 percent in infected animals. It causes rapid, catastrophic swelling of the brain and spinal cord, leading to severe neurological symptoms [Read more]...

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IBC Threat Assessment November 2016

This is the 21st issue of the feature called the IBC Threat Assessment (IBC-TA) that we initiated in November 2014. It is intended to inform our readers about ongoing and emerging CRBNe-threats that need...

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