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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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Pentagon Seeks to Design Virus-Fighting Protein 'Cocktails'

October 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Defense Department is weighing a new search for immune-protein "cocktails" it hopes will protect humans against Ebola and other deadly, weapon-usable viruses. The Pentagon two weeks ago invited scientists to submit research proposals for designing "monoclonal antibodies" that could protect against Ebola and Marburg, as well as "alphaviruses"...

Pentagon Equips Kenya, Uganda Against WMD Threats

July 24, 2013 WASHINGTON -- The United States is training elite Kenyan and Ugandan forces to respond to WMD attacks and similar incidents, a move one expert said could be a hedge against the possibility that regional extremists will turn to such arms for future acts of terrorism. The provision of defensive supplies...

Contractors Slammed for Uranium Project's Ballooning Expense

July 15, 2013 When U.S. government contractors designing a $500 million nuclear-weapon facility last year said they would have to raise the roof, they didn’t exactly mean it was time to pump up the music. An update to plans for the future Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 national security complex in Oak...

Experimental Drug Could Treat Child Bioterrorism Victims

May 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States on Friday announced a $17.7 million push to secure federal licensure of an experimental antibiotic officials believe could treat young victims of anthrax or tularemia bacteria. Announcement of the two-year research and development deal with a North Carolina pharmaceutical firm came weeks after congressional investigators warned that...

HHS Bets on New Model to Fund Biodefense Drug Development

May 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration on Wednesday said it is putting down $40 million on a first-of-its-kind plan for a major drug maker to pursue an assortment of experimental bioterrorism antibiotics, drawing from a single funding pool as it studies newly discovered formulations and abandons any found to show little promise. The...

Study Points to Faster Acting Anthrax Vaccine

May 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new anthrax vaccine additive could help to guard people exposed to the lethal bacteria with fewer shots than a widely used formulation delivered in five doses over a year and a half, according to a new study made public on Friday. Vaccine with the "CPG 7909" adjuvant prompted a...

East Coast 'Well Protected' Without Proposed Antimissile Site, Official Says

May 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The eastern United States is already "well protected" against long-range missile threats without a new interceptor site pushed by some GOP lawmakers, a senior Defense Department official told lawmakers. The United States is covered by 30 silo-based ballistic missile interceptors at two existing locations, and 14 more are slated for...

Lawmakers Fault Pre-Boston Attack Intel Sharing

May 9, 2013 An early dissection of what federal authorities learned in past years about the accused perpetrators of last month's Boston Marathon bombings reveals how far the United States still has to go in sharing and making sense of leads on suspected terrorists, current and former lawmakers said on Thursday. Russia warned...

Days After Ricin Mailings, Pentagon Says it Wants a Vaccine

April 30, 2013 The United States needs a vaccine to protect troops against ricin, the Defense Department said in an announcement issued days after envelopes filled with the deadly toxin were mailed to President Obama and two Mississippi public officials. No antidote or means of prevention yet exists for ricin, which can be...

Tired, Poorly Trained Guard Dogs Could Endanger Nuclear Arms Site

April 29, 2013 A U.S. nuclear arms site in Tennessee could be working its guard dogs to exhaustion during vehicle checks and skipping steps in their training, raising the risk that intruders or explosives could slip into the facility unnoticed, the Energy Department inspector general said in a recent report. "We found that...

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