• Block MEMS, has been selected to participate in an $8,276,161,000 contract for Joint Enterprise Research, Development, Acquisition, Production and Procurement (JE-RDAP) program to support research, development and sale of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN), and high-yield explosives defense systems, capabilities, equipment, supplies and material.
    The JE-RDAP is an enterprise-wide omnibus Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle awarded by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) and will be used to execute activities related to their mission to protect the nation against Weapons of Mass Destruction.
    Block’s products are based on the use of Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy for detection of Chemical Threats and fit well within the scope of the JE-RDAP.


  • 2018 will be fast upon us so we wanted to give you a heads up about our next CBRNe Convergence, November 6th - 8th 2018, so that you can save the date now.

    Next year will see us head to Orlando and the Rozen Plaza Hotel for another great event filled with insightful lectures, demonstrations and exhibits.

  • Full details available at www.cbrneworld.com/southamerica2018

    Speakers Include:

    Comisario General Juan Benitez, Superintendente,Argentine Fire Service
    David Smith, Nuclear Security Coordinator,IAEA
    LTC Jorge Frias Barrera, CBRN Company Commander,Argentine Army
    Dr Caitriona McLeish, co-director of the Harvard Sussex Program, Sussex University
    Lt. Col.Vasconcelos, Commander 1st CBRN Defense Battalion Brazilian Army
    Capt. Jose Maria Martin Corrochano, Jefe Interino Plana Mayor del Grupo de Intervención en EmergenciasTecnológicas y Medioambientales, GIETMA
    Augusto Garcia, BombTechnician, National Police, Peru

  • Scientists and engineers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have developed what they are calling a “brain-on-a-chip” device aimed at testing and predicting the effects of biological and chemical agents, disease, or pharmaceutical drugs on the brain over time without the need for human or animal subjects.
    The device, part of the Lab’s iCHIP (in-vitro Chip-Based Human Investigational Platform) project, simulates the central nervous system by recording neural activity from multiple brain cell types deposited and grown onto microelectrode arrays. The platform, described in the journal PLOS One, could help scientists understand how brain cells connect and interact, combat brain disorders, determine how soldiers are affected by exposure to chemical and biological weapons and develop antidotes to counteract those effects.

  • Chemists at Saratov State University have created what they say is a membrane solution capable of protecting military personnel from chemical and biological weapons while remaining air and vapor permeable. Leonid Kossovich, the university’s president, said in a statement “In cooperation with industrial partners, experimental suits have been made for Defense Ministry and Interior Ministry personnel to wear during a test period. When the testing is over, the possibility of batch production may be considered,”
    The testing of suits made with the special membrane fabric is to be completed by the end of this year and the material’s certification will follow shortly afterwards.

  • A Louisiana soldier was indicted Monday for manufacturing and detonating a “highly toxic” chemical weapon, federal authorities said.
    Ryan Keith Taylor, 24, allegedly used the weapon, which emitted chlorine gas, on April 12 in the Kisatchie National Forest east of Fort Polk, where he was stationed, the indictment says. After Taylor detonated the weapon, responding emergency personnel suffered chemical exposure and were treated at the Fort Polk hospital, the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. During a search of Taylor’s home, state authorities evacuated his apartment complex and found “suspicious devices and ordnance,” including an improvised explosive that was deactivated by a hazardous materials team, the statement said.
    Taylor faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana said in a news release.

  • It is with great sadness that we heard last week about the passing of Virginia Morlock, Manager in the Mission Systems Strategy division at Northrop Grumman headquarters and so much more. I first became aware of Virginia in approximately 2008 when she attended our first CBRNe Convergence in Bucharest. I was surprised by her insight and freedom with useful advice, something that she continued during the years that I knew her. As is often the case you need to wait until someone has passed to find out how common this was, and she was mentor and friend to a great deal of people and businesses that will all miss her bitterly. Farewell Virginia from the whole Falcon Team. Official obit can be read by clicking on the link above.

  • Prominent world events, such as the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Ebola outbreak and the use of chemical weapons in countries such as Syria and Iraq, highlight the vital importance for the US military and first response units worldwide to be prepared for the most demanding of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive (CBRNe) challenges.

  • 908 Devices, a pioneer of analytical devices for chemical and biomolecule analysis, announced it has been awarded a 10-year fielded contract through the United States Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint Enterprise-Research, Development, Acquisition, and Production/Procurement (JE-RDAP) omnibus Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle.

  • BILLERICA, Massachusetts – November 28, 2017— Bruker announced a contract to deliver 133 RAID™ M-100 hand-held chemical detectors, which are based on Bruker’s advanced ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) technology, to the United States National Guard.

    For deliveries through March 2018, the 133 RAID M-100 units upgrade and enhance the capabilities of the National Guard Homeland Response Force (HRF) and of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP).  The RAID M-100s will replace older Chemical Agent Monitor (CAM) detectors that have been in service for many years.

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