Emerging technologies: implications for CBRN terrorism

By Mauro Lubrano published on 4/2/2018 Emergent technologies are likely to have major implications with regards to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism. While the CBRN overall threat level is still low, developments in technology could leverage its impact in the future. Concerns about CBRN terrorism are not a novelty, and starting from the […]

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An early-warning system for WMDs

By Matt Leonard published on 26/2/2018 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to create a real-time detection system to sniff out “minute traces” of chemical, biological, nuclear or other potential threats, according to an agency announcement. DARPA expects rapid advancements in sensing technology and analytical abilities will help make the effort, called SIGMA+, a […]

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Hawaii’s false alarm: we’re right to question our safety from nuclear annihilation

By Smriti Keshari published on 28/1/2018 Hawaiians recently experienced the most unimaginable nightmare when an accidental alert went out a statewide warning of a “ballistic missile system” heading to the island. It happened at 8.07am on a Saturday. Distraught residents did their best to find safety, parents drove miles to see their children one last […]

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Cyberattack could lead to inadvertent nuclear strike, think tank warns

By Alastair Jamieson published on 11/1/2018 Nuclear strikes could be launched by mistake because aging or unsophisticated weapons systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks, an international relations think tank warned Thursday. A hack could lead to false information being passed to decision makers during a crisis, the think tank, Chatham House, based in London, said in […]

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New Mine-Disarming Drones To Be Used In Syria

Published on 15/12/2017 New drones were demonstrated by Russia’s International Anti-Mining Center’s sapper units for mine-disarming. Dmitry Klochko, director of LocMas who told mil.today: “To neutralize mines, we use small and very small quadcopters. An adapted drone picks up an anti-mine charge and puts it on a detected mine. After a time set by a […]

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UK Metropolitan Police Embracing New Technologies

Published on 11/12/2017 Body-worn cameras, laptops, smartphones and mobile working -all those things sounded like science fiction to the Metropolitan police officers not long time ago. But now, what started as a way to cut expenses is turning police work to be easier for Metropolitan police officers. As police forces up and down the country […]

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BARDA BAA 2018: Pandemic Influenza, Infectious Diseases, CBRN Countermeasures

Published on 16/11/2017 The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) is soliciting proposals for the advanced research and development of medical countermeasures (MCM) as part of the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE). The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA-18-100-SOL-00003) aims for advanced research and development of MCMs for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) agents, pandemic […]

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U.S. Remains Unprepared for Agricultural Disease Outbreaks

By Madeline Bodine published on 13/11/2017 The poultry farmers of Iowa could see it coming, almost like a storm on the horizon. Avian influenza struck Minnesota — the nation’s largest turkey producer — first, striking hardest where turkey production was the dominant industry. It then jumped to Missouri, then Arkansas, then north to Kansas and […]

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Chemical, biological and radio-nuclear threats

The EU coordinates national policies to combat major cross-border threats to public health, including deliberate or accidental release of CBRN agents. The EU also develops CBRN preparedness and response plans at the EU-level. What are CBRN threats? EU preparedness focuses on all types of CBRN hazard – man-made, natural, accidental or deliberate, e.g. deliberate contamination […]

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