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GMU Biodefense Published

Dr. Trevor Thrall, Director of the George Mason Graduate Program in Biodefense, and Erik Goepner, retired Air Force and Pandora Report Contributor extraordinaire, co-wrote a piece for reason.com titled Soft Hearts and Hard Minds:...


Ebola a Personal Note

It’s been some time since I’ve posted an update on Black Six. The Ebola outbreak, which emerged last year, has consumed most of my time over the last several months. During my absence from...


US foreign policy priorities through to 2017

Key Points With both houses of Congress controlled by the opposition Republican Party, Democratic US president Barack Obama will struggle to push through legislation in his final two years in office, instead turning to...


Russia upgrades its missile arsenal

Key Points In order to maintain a credible nuclear deterrent force, Russia is undergoing an ambitious missile modernisation programme that will affect all three legs of its missile triad. Moscow is likely to remain...


Searching for Evidence of a Nuclear Test

CTBTO Head Lassina Zerbo overseeing the equipment in use during IFE14. Photo Courtesy of CTBTO By CTBTOVIENNA, Dec 22 2014 (IPS) The most sophisticated on-site inspection exercise conducted to date by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban...


How to Make a GaN Biosensor

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way of binding peptides to the surface of gallium nitride (GaN) in a way that keeps the peptides stable even when exposed to water and...


RFP – Universal Influenza Vaccines

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has issued a Draft Request for Proposals to support development of universal influenza vaccine candidates towards FDA licensure. BARDA’s goal is to develop influenza vaccines that...


One Million Curies of Radioactive Material Recovered

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LLNL) expertise helped the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) Radiological Material Removal Program’s Off-Site Source Recovery Project (OSRP) recover more than 1...


BARDA Bumps Up Funding of Thermal Burn Countermeasure

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has amended a contract option originally signed in August 2014 to further fund development of Cytori Therapeutics’ countermeasure for thermal burn injuries. In a mass casualty...


Biodefense Graduates: Brian Mazanec

GMU Biodefense Graduate Brian Mazanec’s Deterring Cyber Warfare: Bolstering Strategic Stability in Cyberspace (written with Bradley Thayer) was released on December 5. The book looks at cyber warfare, which is especially relevant after the...


Could Russia’s economic meltdown lead to loose nukes?

THE HILL – Senior lawmakers alarmed by Russia’s collapsing economy fear some of the nuclear power’s atomic arsenal could fall into the wrong hands. While officials say there’s no immediate reason to think Russia’s...


Pandora Report 12.21.14

The winter holidays are here and with them comes the final 2014 news roundup. This week we look at superspreaders, dengue fever, and, of course, Ebola. There will be no roundup next week as...


US brands movie studio hack a national security breach

Washington (AFP) Dec 18, 2014 – The cyber attack that forced Sony Pictures to scrap a comedy about North Korea is a “serious national security matter,” the White House warned Thursday, threatening an “appropriate...


Few options for US in response to North Korea hack

Washington (AFP) Dec 19, 2014 – President Barack Obama vowed Friday to punish North Korea for hacking a Hollywood studio, but Washington’s options are limited and Pyongyang’s economic weakness is a surprising strength. No...


BioWatch RFI – Portable Biological Identifier

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a new Request for Information (RFI) in support of the BioWatch program to determine the current state of technologies that can provide a cost-effective, portable biological...

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