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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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Security debate shadows nuclear chief's departure

January 10, 2013 A top U.S. nuclear official is set to retire next week in good standing with the Obama administration, even though a major security scandal prompted a number of watchdogs to call for his resignation months ago. When Thomas D’Agostino announced last month that he would step down as administrator of ...

Hagel pick could signal U.S. policy shift on Iran

January 9, 2013 President Obama might be signaling plans to shift his administration's approach to an entrenched dispute over Iran's nuclear program by nominating a noted critic of hard-line policies to lead the Defense Department, a former Iranian nuclear negotiator and other expert observers said on Tuesday. Obama has insisted he is ready ...

U.S. to push for new anthrax vaccine by 2017

December 10, 2012 The United States wants to have a new anthrax vaccine ready for large-scale acquisition no later than the 2017 budget year, the Health and Human Services Department said on Monday in its implementation plan for a national health preparedness initiative. Such a treatment could win government authorization for potential distribution ...

U.S. plans trial distribution of anthrax vaccine in early 2013

September 17, 2012 The United States could move forward early next year with a planned trial initiative to offer anthrax vaccine to select nonmilitary emergency personnel, a senior Homeland Security Department official told lawmakers last week. The plan, details of which were reported by Global Security Newswire in April, would give participating state ...

DHS defends acquisition plan for bioweapon detectors

September 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Thursday defended plans to press ahead in vetting and acquiring a new generation of sensors designed to provide early warning of a biological weapons attack, even as auditors and some lawmakers urged it to pause and reassess the effort. Before finalizing a blueprint three ...

Defense nominee backs prompt global strike effort

June 10, 2011 The development of a capability to deliver conventional warheads to any point on Earth within minutes "would be a valuable option for the president to have at his disposal," CIA Director Leon Panetta told lawmakers ahead of a hearing on his nomination to succeed Robert Gates as U.S. Defense secretary. ...

Pentagon details plan for new nuclear bomber

June 2, 2011 The Defense Department in a new acquisition document has laid out preliminary plans to develop a fleet of next-generation nuclear bombers capable of carrying out long-range missions with or without onboard pilots. A "new penetrating, nuclear-capable bomber program" would form the "centerpiece" of a broader suite of U.S. long-range strike ...