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Engility Wins DTRA Counter-WMD Support Contract

Engility Holdings this week announced it has been awarded a $38 million contract to support the cloud-based Constellation Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Situational Awareness system. Under this contract, which was awarded by...

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How deadly was the poison gas of WW1?

BBC NEWS – The first major gas attack in war occurred 100 years ago this weekend, in what is now Poland. Gas soon became a routine feature of trench warfare, horrifying soldiers more than...

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CDC installing cameras in labs in agency-wide safety push

GLOBAL BIODEFENSE – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced camera monitoring of workers in its highest-level biosafety laboratories as it seeks to restore public faith in its procedures after...

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RFI – Handheld Biodetection Systems for Marine Corps

GLOBAL BIODEFENSE – The U.S. Marine Corps has issued an official request for information (RFI) for Biological Warfare Agent Hand Held Assay (HHA) systems. Respondents are encouraged to furnish information papers describing their product’s...

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LANL Launches Biosurveillance Gateway

GLOBAL BIODEFENSE – Los Alamos National Laboratory has officially opened their new virtual Biosurveillance Gateway, providing a centralized portal for all news, information, resources, and research related to biosurveillance at the laboratory. “The goal...

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RFI – Handheld Biodetection Systems for Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps has issued an official request for information (RFI) for Biological Warfare Agent Hand Held Assay (HHA) systems. Respondents are encouraged to furnish information papers describing their product’s capability to meet...

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WHO: Improving Preparedness for Future Outbreaks

The Ebola outbreak is “clearly” in retreat throughout the affected countries of West Africa but the continuing emergency response shows the need for urgent changes so that “never again should the world be caught...

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Low Flu Vaccination Rates Among Nursing Home Employees

Influenza is associated with as many as 7,300 deaths annually in nursing home residents, but the vaccination rate for nursing home staff is only 54 percent, according to a study in the February issue...

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North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute

North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. If true, the finding, which is based on recent commercial satellite...

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Myanmar announces 2015 budget of USD2.5 billion

IHS JANE’S 360 – Myanmar’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has proposed a 2015 defence budget of MMK2.61 trillion (USD2.5 billion), according to reports in the country on 28 January. The figure represents a year-on-year...

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LANL Launches Biosurveillance Gateway

Los Alamos National Laboratory has officially opened their new virtual Biosurveillance Gateway, providing a centralized portal for all news, information, resources, and research related to biosurveillance at the laboratory. “The goal of the site...

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Genetic Safety Switches Curb Bioterror Risk

Synthetic biologists have devised a way of containing their products to help ensure that they work only as intended. Researchers have developed a set of genetic switches that can be built into engineered organisms,...

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