• Russia clained that nearly half of their chemical weapons stockpile has been destroyed. Itar-Tass announced that the Ministry for Trade and Industry had destroyed 19,300 tons of chemical weapons and that two more facilities were going to be commissioned shortly. Under the OCPW Russia needs to destroy its stocks by April 2012, but President Medvedev announced in May that it was more likely to be April 2015.

     

  • Lee Sang-woo, chief of the South Korean Presidential Committee on Defence Advancement said that South Korea needed to to ‘secure weapons capable of incapacitating the North’s WMD.” Sang-woo went on to say that South Korea needed the precision attack systems capable of defeating North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

  • There have been signs of increased CBRN defence capability towards a, currently, nebulous (but no doubt intelligence driven) threat, but a Summit in Herzloya has perhaps given a further insight into their concerns. Brig.-Gen. (Res.) Nitzan Nuriel, director of the National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau stated that Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center will be “demolished” if it continues to arm terrorist groups with non-conventional weapons. The Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism later went on to say that there was a “strong possibility that terrorists would launch a limited chemical terror attack” in the coming years. Israeli scare-mongering and sabre rattling is nothing new, but suffice to say that any terrorist use of CWA against them would be a game changer – and that new game would not be pretty.

  • While the GAO gets its teeth sunk into the FBI the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee was also handing out some whup-ass to the DHS for over-spending and delaying efforts in next generation radiological detection. Senators Liebermann and Collins chastised DHS for failing to have a strategic plan for radiological smuggling as well as spending five years and $400 million on two failed programs – the Advanced Spectroscopic Portal monitor system and the Cargo Advanced Automated Radiography System.

  • While we wait for the National Academy of Scientists report into the FBI’s scientific methods for indictment of Bruce Ivins the GAO has decided, after a prod from Representative Holt, that they will have a look at the case too. Holt has long been a critic of the FBIs methods in the Amerithrax case and this is probably not going to be the end of it…

  • The Afghan Ministry of Public Health confirmed that the many attacks on schoolgirls in Afghanistan had been through some form of organophosphate – and not mass hysteria as some suggested. Blood tests taken from a range of individuals in the attacks, which now span over two years, confirmed traces in ten of the incidents. Secretary of State Clinton came out with a statement of concern over these attacks on innocent students – linking them to other forms of violence against schoolgirls (which the Taliban are against on principal). HealDespite this, and some media coverage, there has been no group coming forward, not any further information on the dissemination method. Since shyness is not necessarily a trait associated with many of these groups (and they have claimed responsibility for other forms of violence, such as acid, against schoolgirls) the thought has to be that it is the work of a smaller, less organised, group or individual.

  • In a work of random genius, Ig Nobel Winning Scientist Dr Elena Bodnar emergency escape bra is now on sale online! The scenario is that should there be a release or gas attack in the office the owner of the bra would unhook it, remove the two cups, which have (presumably, the newspapers don’t go into a great deal of detail on the science!) activated carbon inside them and use the straps to go around the head. So many questions – primary among them being, as the owner of the bra, who do you save?! Do you really want to bare all among co-workers that might now be doomed? Will you get the other part of the bra back (and would you want to)? Salacious pictures of the item can be found here

  • Natick Contracting Division awarded a $32.4 million contract to DRS Technology to provide small scale, joint service, transportable decontamination systems for non-sensitive equipment and facilities.

  • Innovaprep, manufacturer of the Bobcat and owner of the Spincon line, were presented with Missouri’s Technology Company of the Year Award by Governor Jay Nixon. Innovaprep’s sample collection technique was invented by AlburtyLab and Andrew Page Applied Research and became Innovaprep in 2009.

  • Idaho Technology released their Razor Simulant training kit, for their popular PCR field based detector. The ‘Sim 10 Kit’ is designed to look like the 10 Target Screen Kit, that is used with the Razor, but instead has assays for yeast and BG, allowing trainees to practise their sample collection and preparation.

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