Government Executive - Authors - Diane Barneshttp://www.govexec.comDiane Barnes is a reporter with Global Security Newswire, having first joined the publication as a staff writer in 2007. She covers daily developments on Syria's chemical weapons, Iran's nuclear program, strategic arms control and other issues. Barnes has contributed to publications including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Palm Beach Post and the London Daily Telegraph. She is a graduate of George Washington University.en-usFri, 27 Jun 2014 09:38:08 -0400Will the U.S. Keep Buying Medicine for 'Black Swan' Attacks?http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/06/will-us-keep-buying-medicine-black-swan-attacks/87421/Lawmakers will have to decide whether it's worthwhile to guard against relatively unlikely biological attacks.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireFri, 27 Jun 2014 09:38:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/06/will-us-keep-buying-medicine-black-swan-attacks/87421/DefenseMei Li, senior scientist at Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, works to develop an anti-radiation drug in 2004.Lenny Ignelzi/AP File PhotoTerror May Become a Bigger Focus at Med Schoolhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/06/terror-may-become-bigger-focus-med-school/87154/A biochemistry-course lecture on nerve agents could become part of coursework.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireTue, 24 Jun 2014 16:42:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/06/terror-may-become-bigger-focus-med-school/87154/DefenseNYPD conducts 'dirty bomb' drill on the Third Avenue bridge in 2011.Bebeto Matthews/AP file photoPentagon: B-61 Bomb Update Faces Possible Delayshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/04/pentagon-b-61-bomb-update-faces-possible-delays/82042/Project's time line faces risks from separate work under way at the Defense and Energy departments.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireMon, 07 Apr 2014 16:36:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/04/pentagon-b-61-bomb-update-faces-possible-delays/82042/DefenseDefense Department file photoU.S. Nuclear Lab Wraps Up Security Update 'Under Budget,' Despite Surprise Costshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/04/us-nuclear-lab-wraps-security-update-under-budget-despite-surprise-costs/81970/Earliest cost estimate was far greater than a projection NNSA adopted later on.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireFri, 04 Apr 2014 17:17:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/04/us-nuclear-lab-wraps-security-update-under-budget-despite-surprise-costs/81970/DefenseUnited Stated Department of EnergyWatchdog: U.S. Struggles to Track Nuclear-Arms Design Recordshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/03/watchdog-us-struggles-track-nuclear-arms-design-records/81652/Missing data exposes the U.S. nuclear arsenal to an array of unnecessary costs and risksDiane Barnes, Global Security NewswireMon, 31 Mar 2014 17:27:40 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/03/watchdog-us-struggles-track-nuclear-arms-design-records/81652/DefenseTechnicians perform maintenance on W-76 nuclear warhead. National Nuclear Security AdministrationPotential Suicide Bomber in Sochi May Indicate Broader Threat to Olympicshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/01/potential-suicide-bomber-sochi-may-indicate-broader-threat-olympics/77384/Former U.S. counterterrorism official warns of possible larger conspiracy.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireThu, 23 Jan 2014 09:15:35 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/01/potential-suicide-bomber-sochi-may-indicate-broader-threat-olympics/77384/DefenseA Russian police officer searches a driver as his vehicle is also screened at an entrance to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games park.David J. Phillip/APContractors Slammed for Uranium Project's Ballooning Expensehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/07/contractors-slammed-uranium-projects-ballooning-expense/66740/NNSA was 'overly optimistic' in its assumptions, auditors say.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireMon, 15 Jul 2013 16:58:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/07/contractors-slammed-uranium-projects-ballooning-expense/66740/OversightLawmakers Fault Pre-Boston Attack Intel Sharinghttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/05/lawmakers-fault-pre-boston-attack-intel-sharing/63087/'He was on our radar screen, and then he was off,' lawmaker says of the deceased suspect.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireThu, 09 May 2013 16:26:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/05/lawmakers-fault-pre-boston-attack-intel-sharing/63087/OversightDays After Ricin Mailings, Pentagon Says it Wants a Vaccinehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/04/days-after-ricin-mailings-pentagon-says-it-wants-vaccine/62904/No antidote or means of prevention yet exists for ricin.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireTue, 30 Apr 2013 17:32:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/04/days-after-ricin-mailings-pentagon-says-it-wants-vaccine/62904/DefenseTired, Poorly Trained Guard Dogs Could Endanger Nuclear Arms Sitehttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/04/tired-poorly-trained-guard-dogs-could-endanger-nuclear-arms-site/62865/Tennessee site gets the animals on a 5-year contract worth nearly $15M.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireMon, 29 Apr 2013 15:10:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/04/tired-poorly-trained-guard-dogs-could-endanger-nuclear-arms-site/62865/ContractingWade Payne/AP file photoHow Pressure Cookers Get Classified as a WMDhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/04/wmd-charge-called-key-tool-bombing-case/62728/The Justice Department is using an expanded definition of the term.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireTue, 23 Apr 2013 15:37:24 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/04/wmd-charge-called-key-tool-bombing-case/62728/DefenseFBI/APPentagon Saves National Guard WMD Unit That Helped in Bostonhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/04/pentagon-saves-national-guard-wmd-unit-helped-boston/62573/Hagel sought to dismantle the team but then requested 2014 funding for it.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireTue, 16 Apr 2013 17:01:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/04/pentagon-saves-national-guard-wmd-unit-helped-boston/62573/DefensePentagon Seeks High-Tech Nuke Radiation Defenseshttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2013/03/pentagon-seeks-high-tech-nuke-radiation-defenses/62191/DARPA office is looking for pre- and post-exposure treatments to counter radiation's short-term health effects.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireFri, 29 Mar 2013 16:55:41 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2013/03/pentagon-seeks-high-tech-nuke-radiation-defenses/62191/TechA group of workers wearing protective suits and masks stand next to the No. 4 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.Issei Kato/APNew Defense Chief Addresses Massive Cutshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/02/new-defense-chief-addresses-massive-cuts/61572/Chuck Hagel issues warning within hours of taking office.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireWed, 27 Feb 2013 17:45:15 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/02/new-defense-chief-addresses-massive-cuts/61572/DefenseNew Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to service members and civilian employees at the Pentagon.Cliff Owen/APU.S. to finalize avian flu funding policy in weekshttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2013/01/us-finalize-avian-flu-funding-policy-weeks/60902/Global pause took effect last January after bioterrorism fears caused a panel to recommend more studies.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireFri, 25 Jan 2013 16:28:34 -0500http://www.govexec.com/technology/2013/01/us-finalize-avian-flu-funding-policy-weeks/60902/TechFlu virus quickly infects healthy tissues, as seen in this tissue culture sample. Centers for Disease ControlSequestration endangers new bomber, Air Force secretary warnshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/01/sequestration-endangers-new-bomber-air-force-secretary-warns/60627/Michael Donley says 'every program would be affected if sequestration were to hit.'Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireFri, 11 Jan 2013 15:35:16 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/01/sequestration-endangers-new-bomber-air-force-secretary-warns/60627/DefenseThe Air Force has planned on a next-generation successor to its B-2 bomber.United States Air ForceSecurity debate shadows nuclear chief's departurehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/01/security-debate-shadows-nuclear-chiefs-departure/60601/Watchdogs have been seeking D'Agostino's resignation for months.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireThu, 10 Jan 2013 16:15:15 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/01/security-debate-shadows-nuclear-chiefs-departure/60601/DefenseNNSA's Thomas D’AgostinoNational Academy of Sciences photoHagel pick could signal U.S. policy shift on Iranhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/01/hagel-pick-could-signal-us-policy-shift-iran/60556/Nomination might pave the way for a peaceful solution to the nuclear standoff.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireWed, 09 Jan 2013 09:26:09 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/01/hagel-pick-could-signal-us-policy-shift-iran/60556/DefenseDefense DepartmentU.S. to push for new anthrax vaccine by 2017 http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/12/us-push-new-anthrax-vaccine-2017/60063/The federal government has sought for years to develop a successor to BioThrax.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireMon, 10 Dec 2012 15:41:52 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/12/us-push-new-anthrax-vaccine-2017/60063/Managementpixs4u/Shutterstock.com U.S. plans trial distribution of anthrax vaccine in early 2013http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/09/us-plans-trial-distribution-anthrax-vaccine-early-2013/58165/Project would examine the potential to more widely distribute the countermeasure to first responders on a voluntary basis.Diane Barnes, Global Security NewswireMon, 17 Sep 2012 16:41:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/09/us-plans-trial-distribution-anthrax-vaccine-early-2013/58165/Defense Vladimir Koletic/Shutterstock.comDefense nominee backs prompt global strike efforthttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2011/06/defense-nominee-backs-prompt-global-strike-effort/34139/Panetta wants capability to deliver conventional warheads to any point in the world.Diane BarnesFri, 10 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2011/06/defense-nominee-backs-prompt-global-strike-effort/34139/DefensePentagon details plan for new nuclear bomberhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2011/06/pentagon-details-plan-for-new-nuclear-bomber/34080/Able to carry out missions with or without onboard pilots, the fleet would be the "centerpiece" of a suite of long-range strike aircraft.Diane BarnesThu, 02 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2011/06/pentagon-details-plan-for-new-nuclear-bomber/34080/Defense