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CBRNE Particles – Biosecurity Apps, Luggage Explosive Screening, Mapping Fukushima

Topics in this issue include apps for biosecurity, North Korea chemical warfare tests, luggage explosive screening, and mapping Fukushima.

Biosecurity Mobile App Valuable Tool for Veterinarians

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) app offers an easy-to-use, touch-screen toolbox of capabilities for veterinary practitioners, allowing them to submit electronic animal health certificates from the field, or store that information within the application for forwarding when data connectivity becomes available. Global Biodefense >>

Peter Neffenger Sworn In As 6th TSA Administrator

He now leads a workforce of approximately 60,000 employees, the security operations at nearly 450 airports throughout the United States, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and shared security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines. HS Today >>

This is What Radiation Can Do to the Human Body

When he first arrived at the University of Tokyo Hospital Emergency Room, 35-year-old Hiroshi Ouchi appeared relatively well for someone that had just been subjected to mind blowing levels of radiation, and was even able to converse with doctors. That is, until his skin started falling off. As the radiation in his body began to break down the chromosomes within his cells, Ouchi’s condition worsened. IFL Science >>

North Korean Defects with Data on ‘Chemical Warfare Tests on Humans’

A North Korean scientist who was involved in the regime’s biological and chemical weapons programs has defected to Finland, apparently with evidence of tests carried out on human subjects. The researcher was based at a microbiology research center in Ganggye, close to the Chinese border, but defected on June 6. The Telegraph >>

Morpho Awarded Mexico Airports Contract for Hold Baggage Explosives Detection Systems

Under terms of the contract, eight high-speed CTX 9800 DSi and six compact CTX 5800 EDS will be deployed to enhance hold baggage screening and operational capabilities at Cancun International, Cozumel, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Mérida and Oaxaca airports. SEGTEC will supply maintenance and rapid-response service supported by Morpho Detection to ensure peak performance and maximum system uptime. Government Security News >>

Is it Time to Rethink Emergency Service Delivery?

While firefighters’ working realities have changed, their government structures and protocols remain. It’s arguably the best known, least acknowledged and most inconvenient truth in local government: “Fire departments” — in the precise meaning of that label — no longer exist anywhere in America. Emergency Management >>

Special Ops a Cut Above the Rest with New Tool

Air Force SBIR/STTR is providing transition funding that will give SOF personnel, law enforcement and first responders a small, hand-held thermal erosive cutting torch. Other applications for the device include a version for miniature robots and for remote cutting operations for the oil exploration or production industry,” Johnson added. Armed with Science >>

WHO Response to the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel Report

The Ebola outbreak highlighted the separation between systems for responding to health emergencies and systems for humanitarian response, and WHO agrees they must be better integrated for future emergency responses. This includes considering ways to coordinate the grading of its humanitarian emergencies with the grading of declarations of health emergencies under the International Health Regulations. World Health Organization >>

Space Particles are Helping Map the Inside of Fukushima

A group of scientists at Los Alamos National Lab have figured out how to see through just about anything—including the radioactive disaster zone inside the Fukushima reactor core—using subatomic particles from outer space. Wired >>

DoD, NIH Back Pitt Alphavirus Vaccine Research

The research on Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis, and Rift Valley Fever will be conducted in the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) at Pitt, a unique, high-security facility that allows scientists to safely contain and examine potentially dangerous pathogens. Global Biodefense >>

Concerns Grow About Syria’s Nuclear Materials

In September 2007 Israel destroyed the Al Kibar nuclear reactor in north-east Syria, which the Assad regime was building with the aid of North Korea. It is now under the control of ISIS, which is apparently dismantling and possibly conducting excavation activities at the site. HSNW >>

U.N. Nuclear Chief Is Optimistic About Iranian Cooperation on Review

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Saturday that, with Iranian cooperation, his agency could complete an assessment on Iran’s suspected past nuclear work by December, potentially removing a major obstacle to a nuclear agreement. NY Times >>

Hazmat Planning for Hospitals

This week’s acrylonitrile train accident in Blount County, TN pointed out one of the key reasons that hospitals will play a key role in emergency planning activities involving chemical accidents. One of the byproducts of heating or partially burning acrylonitrile is hydrogen cyanide gas, a severe toxic inhalation chemical. Most emergency rooms are not equipped to handle hydrogen cyanide mass casualty events. Chemical Facility Security News >>

What Do Iranian-Americans Think of the Nuclear Deal?

“Most of us came here as exiles or refugees fleeing religious or political persecution. We have spent the last three and a half decades with one foot in Iran and the other in the United States, living somewhat schizophrenic lives, like children of divorced parents who loathe each other.” NY Times >>

New DHS Centers of Excellence to Focus on Coastal Resilience, Infrastructure and Borders

The Department of Homeland Security, working with universities and corporations, is establishing three new Centers of Excellence (COE) to more effectively turn academic research into practical security applications. Government Security News >>

Thieves Grab Bomb Parts at French Military Base

Thieves were able to penetrate a French military base in the south of France and escape with bomb-making materiel, despite heightened security in the wake of a terrorist attack at a gas and chemical factory last month. NY Times >>

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