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Diane Barnes

Diane Barnes Diane 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.
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U.S. Nuclear Security Agency Has 'Failed,' Advisory Panel Says

March 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A congressionally mandated panel says a key Energy Department agency has "failed" in its mission to effectively oversee U.S. nuclear-arms operations. Drastic reforms are crucial to address "systemic" management shortcomings at the National Nuclear Security Administration, according to preliminary findings unveiled on Wednesday by the co-chairs of the Advisory Panel...

Iran Has Resumed Work at Suspicious Military Base

February 26, 2014 Iran has resumed activities at an installation believed by some specialists to have housed nuclear-arms studies, says a Washington analytical group. A Jan. 30 satellite photograph shows new movements at Iran's Parchin base following an apparent lull in large-scale operations at the site, according to a Tuesday assessment by the...

U.S. Conducts 'Successful' Test of an Updated B61 Nuclear Bomb

February 5, 2014 The United States on Tuesday said it "successfully" carried out an early performance analysis of a revamped nuclear gravity bomb. The "full-system mechanical environment test" was the first in a line of assessments intended to verify how the B-61 bomb's new "Mod 12" variant would behave under routine conditions or...

Potential Suicide Bomber in Sochi May Indicate Broader Threat to Olympics

January 23, 2014 A former U.S. counterterrorism adviser says a potential suicide bomber's presence in Sochi, Russia, may indicate a broader plot afoot against next month's Olympics. Russian officials said they were searching the host city of the upcoming Winter Olympics for Ruzanna Ibragimova, a 22-year-old woman described as a "black widow" of...

Congress Targets Four Firms That Did Business with Iran

January 9, 2014 A U.S. Congress investigative arm has identified four companies that did business with Iran's energy sector over roughly the past year, despite global sanctions. Based on open-source information, the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Tuesday pinpointed two companies in China and another two in India dealing with Tehran's energy industry...

Pakistan Named ‘Most Improved’ on Nuclear Security

January 8, 2014 Pakistan did more since 2012 to boost protection of its atomic-bomb fuel than any other nuclear-armed country, analysts said on Wednesday. The South Asian nation "is taking steps to update its nuclear security regulations and to implement nuclear security best practices," according to the “NTI Nuclear Materials Index,” unveiled at...

Putin Eyeing Precision Conventional Weapons as Nuclear Substitutes

December 3, 2013 Advanced conventional weapons are emerging as an "equal" to atomic arms in their capacity to ward off aggression, underlining a need for Moscow to bolster its focus on their development, Russian President Vladimir Putin told senior officials in comments released last week. Putin's remarks -- issued to a Kremlin gathering...

Pentagon Seeks Vaccine Against Cold War 'Q-Fever'

November 28, 2013 The U.S. Defense Department is getting set to push for a new vaccine against "Q-fever" bacteria, an agent with a reputation as a potential terrorism tool acquired in part through its history as a government-made biological weapon. The Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency is planning an online forum on Dec....

How the Senate Is Complicating Negotiations With Iran

November 8, 2013 U.S. senators' stalled attempts to advance legislation creating new sanctions on Iran illustrate deep divides in Washington over whether such economic punishment would compel Tehran to curtail its atomic activities, analysts said. Obama administration officials and supporters are warning that punitive proposals against Iran floated on Capitol Hill would undercut...

Iran's New Nuclear-Fuel Plan Spurs Uncertainty in the West

October 28, 2013 Atomic-energy plans unveiled this week by a top Iranian nuclear official could cast doubt on Tehran's readiness to negotiate limits on fuel-production technologies that also could generate bomb material, Western issue experts told Global Security Newswire. The United States and five other countries have been expected to press Iran in...

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