• Lebanese intelligence helped foil an Islamic State terrorist attack on an plane bound for Abu Dhabi from Sydney in July. The planned attack involved explosives planted inside a Barbie doll and a meat grinder according to the Middle East country’s interior minister, Nouhad Machnouk.
    Lebanese national Amer Khayyat, had planned to blow up the plane 20 minutes after take-off but had to abandon the plan because his bag, containing the explosives, was overweight and he was denied taking it aboard the flight.

  • The Air Force has announced the award of two technology maturation and risk reduction contracts for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program, the replacement for the aging LGM-30 Minuteman III ICBM.

  • The Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division of the National Guard Bureau‘s Operations Directorate have teamed up with other DOD agencies to develop a robotic chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incident response capacity within the DoD.

  • In Federal military employment? You can attend CBRNe Convergence for ONLY $175 using the code MADNESS175 when registering. The code is valid for 2 weeks so visit http://www.cbrneworld.com/convergence2017 to book your place now.

  • The National Institute of Health (NIH) have awarded a grant of $112,000 to the John A. Burns School of Medicine ((JABSOM) at the University of Hawaii to expand its studies of a proposed Ebola virus disease vaccine candidate. According to the University of Hawaii the vaccine candidate has been proven effective in clinical animal studies. “We are looking to see if our vaccine candidate can protect in other members in the filovirus family, viruses that are related to Ebola virus such as Marburg virus and Sudan virus,” Liana Medina, a PhD candidate at UH, said.“We would also like to see if using proteins from Ebola virus can protect against infection with closely related viruses,”

  • The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has awarded Southern Research two contracts for nonclinical research services advancing the agency’s work to protect the U.S. against infectious disease and bio-terror threats. One of the contracts is for developing novel animal models to test the effectiveness of medical countermeasures against biological threat agents. The BARDA contracts have a minimum value of $45 million and a maximum value of $90 million and a base term of five years. “This work positions Southern Research to play a key role in protecting against potentially serious public health issues,” said Tim McGrath, vice president, Drug Development. “We have the expertise and capabilities to accelerate the development of vaccines and therapeutics that are effective against biological threat agents.”

  • As part of their PRIMED series FLIR have released over ten online CBRNe training videos for the first responder community, including free downloadable materiel. There are eleven more episodes scheduled to be released between now and the end of this year, with a further six to be released in the first quarter of 2018. Episode 11 of the PRIMED series focuses on the recent hot button topic of ‘Responding to Unknown Powders’ and includes a free downloadable on-scene checklist. Full information and all of the episodes currently available from FLIR can be found here http://www.flir.com/primed/

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have awarded ICF, a global consulting and technology services provider, a contract valued up to $20.8 million to support education and preparedness programs to protect communities living in proximity to the nation’s nuclear power plants. The Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program contract has a term of five years.

  • Three people at the Feng Sushi restaurant in London’s Borough Market have been treated for minor injuries after a suspected chemical substance was delivered in an envelope.
    The unidentified substance, believed to have been a corrosive, led to the restaurant being evacuated and cordoned off by the Police. The London Fire Brigade attended the scene and entered the restaurant in PPE. The Metropolitan Police have said that the the incident is not being treated as terror-related at this early stage and investigations are ongoing.

  • We are pleased to announce that three new partners have signed on to join us at Convergence, 6-8 November at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    The Indianapolis Fire Department, Indiana State Department of Health, and the Marion County Public Health Department have graciously agreed to be our partners for this event. With expert staff in the areas of Fire, Hazmat and Health, with an inside view on the current Fentanyl issues, they are sure to bring an added and interesting perspective to the event.
    For more information and the latest program visit our event pages http://www.cbrneworld.com/convergence2017

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