Posts tagged with Preparedness

Countering Nuclear and Radiological Threats

FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson was the keynote speaker at the “Countering Nuclear and Radiological Threats” symposium on May 15, 2013 at the Mason Inn at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Ferguson spoke about understanding and countering nuclear and radiological terrorism; presentation slides are available here. FAS Adjunct Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation Law […]

New Report on Aftermath of Fukushima Nuclear Accident

The U.S.-Japan Nuclear Working Group, co-chaired by FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson, has released a new report recommending priorities for the Japanese government following the March 11, 2011 nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The U.S.-Japan Nuclear Working Group is composed of bi-national experts who have come together to examine the broader strategic […]

FAS Roundup: March 18, 2013

Bradley Manning takes responsibility, possible changes to security questionnaire, risk and public health and much more. From the Blogs Bradley Manning Takes Responsibility: At an open hearing on February 28, Pfc. Bradley Manning said that he was responsible for providing U.S. government documents to the WikiLeaks website, including a large collection of U.S. State Department […]

The Rise of a New Smallpox Vaccine

Reuters is reporting that the US Strategic National Stockpile will begin acquisition of a new smallpox vaccine. The new product, Imvamune, promises reduced side-effects and potentially improved protection for patients who are treated after exposure to the virus. These traits could make the vaccine much more effective as a countermeasure against a biological attack using smallpox.

Though the story of Imvamune ultimately demonstrates that improved countermeasures to biological threats can be developed, the story also illustrates some of the challenges involved in the process.

BIO 2010 Biosecurity Conference Wrap-up

Our complete coverage of the BIO 2010 Biosecurity Conference in Chicago can be found in the FAS Biosecurity Blog archives at: http://fas.org/blog/bio/tag/bio2010

Several recurring themes emerged in the presentations by the world’s experts in fields like public health, national security, food defense, biological weapons, and new advances in research. Here is our analysis of some of the themes observed at the conference.