• Libya has been forced to ask for more time to destroy their chemical stockpile of 25 tons of mustard. They already have until April 2012, but their decision not to have the US high-temperature incinerator, or it could be further Libyan finangling over the amount of financial assistance that it should receive.


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  • Behind that rather arbitrary number is a rather big achievement for a CBRN company, as ICx was chosen as one of Deloitte Touche’s Fast 500 companies, and came in at number 37 - the only CBRN company to do so. Deloitte announced that ICx had had a 5,518 per cent growth over the past five years - a period that saw them grow from a revenue of US$3m dollars to $171m! While not quite as stratospheric as ReachLocal, the #1 company which had a 146,050 per cent increase in the same period, it does confirm their position as a company to watch.

  • Quicksilver announced that its CBRE Transport Case Sampling Kit and CBRE Hard Case Sampling Kit, and their training versions, are now available for purchase on GSA: www.gsaadvantage.gov .


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  • Smiths Detection, meanwhile, has its eyes set on loftier heights as they work on UAV chemical detection. Working with ECBC and AeroVironment, manufacturer of the Raven UAV, they will contend with other companies in this field (such as Environics) to allow airborne early warning of chemical threats. Smiths was able, in a successful test at Dugway, to detect and identify a chemical plume using a cylindrical version of their LCD technology.

  • Perhaps not News per se, but a neat product ‘discovered’ at Belcoast is Durr NDTs range of light, thin and, most importantly, flexible image plates to be used with their (or other peoples) X ray devices. In most demonstrations the bag, or device, is usually conveniently placed in the middle of the floor, making X-ray interrogation easy. Durr’s image plates are able to flex around corners – to be placed in overhead plane luggage bays, for example - come in a range of sizes, and can be combined on a fleece wall for larger images.


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  • Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal was breezily confident when discussing the preparations for the international ‘Commonwealth Games’ in 2010: “‘Delhi has successfully organized various international meets. […] Not only [for the] Games but we are looking at the security of the city holistically. We are working in close coordination with various agencies.

  • Emergent Biosolutions wins $4.9 million anthrax vaccine grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The grant is for dmPA7909, which was designed to meet the US need for an advanced anthrax vaccine that can provide a rapid immune response with long term stability.

  • Northrop Grumman officially opened its new UK manufacturing facility for UGVs. The site will work on Wheelbarrow and Cutlass – the UK’s next-generation UGV – and the site was opened by Lieutenant General Gary Coward, Chief of Materiel (Land).


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  • Idaho Technology itself got approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for its JBAIDS systems to be used in the identification of H1N1. The Emergency Use Authorisation comes via the CBMS-JPEO for military units deployed in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.


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  • Cristanini announced it has started an “important co-operation” with the Danish procurement agency for a deployable decon field station. This military system will join the civilian variant already in service with the Danish Department of Homeland Security.


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