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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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New Algorithm May Help Detect Nuclear Smuggling at Airports

April 15, 2014 Scientists may have discovered how they can reprogram X-ray scanners to more effectively spot bomb-usable nuclear materials in airline bags. Common X-ray systems might become more capable of identifying tiny amounts of uranium and plutonium with help from a new computer algorithm written in the United States, the American Institute...

Algorithm May Enable Common X-Rays to Identify Tiny Amounts of Uranium and Plutonium

April 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Scientists may have discovered how they can reprogram X-ray scanners to more effectively spot bomb-usable nuclear materials in airline bags. Common X-ray systems might become more capable of identifying tiny amounts of uranium and plutonium with help from a new computer algorithm written in the United States, the American Institute...

Boston Considers Banning Deadliest Pathogens From New Biolab

April 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Boston is set this week to debate whether to ban a new, downtown biodefense laboratory from studying some of the world's deadliest disease agents. A Wednesday city council hearing is expected to consider a proposed citywide prohibition on so-called "Biosafety Level 4" research, which can involve diseases for which there...

The Pentagon Is Revising Its WMD Strategy

April 10, 2014 The U.S. Defense Department may be "weeks" from updating an 8-year-old strategy for countering weapons of mass destruction, a senior official says. The new armed forces plan for fighting unconventional threats is in its "final stages of the approval and signature process," Rebecca Hersman, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense...

Land-Based Nukes Escape Drastic Cuts Under New START Treaty

April 8, 2014 Land-based nuclear missiles came away relatively unscathed under a new U.S. Defense Department arms-reduction proposal, amid lawmaker fears of deeper cuts. The Pentagon on Wednesday proposed cutting the arsenal of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles from 450 down to 400. But the United States would maintain 54 of the Minuteman 3...

Land-Based Nuclear Missiles Escape Drastic Cut Under Pentagon Plan

April 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Land-based nuclear missiles came away relatively unscathed under a new U.S. Defense Department arms-reduction proposal, amid lawmaker fears of deeper cuts. The Pentagon on Tuesday proposed cutting the arsenal of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles from 450 down to 400. But the United States would maintain 54 of the Minuteman 3...

Pentagon: B-61 Bomb Update Faces Possible Delays

April 7, 2014 Defense Department experts see a danger of delays in work on a key nuclear-bomb component under development at multiple federal agencies. Preparation of the new B-61 gravity bomb "tail kit" is currently proceeding on schedule, but the project's time line faces "risks" from separate work under way at the Defense...

U.S. Nuclear Lab Wraps Up Security Update 'Under Budget,' Despite Surprise Costs

April 4, 2014 Nuclear-arms officials said a Los Alamos National Laboratory security update was done under budget, despite millions of dollars in unplanned costs. The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration on Thursday said it spent $1 million less to improve protections at a sensitive area of the New Mexico site than its "original...

U.S. Nuclear Bomb Designs Vulnerable, Says Government Watchdog

March 31, 2014 A U.S. Energy Department investigator has lashed nuclear-arms offices for failing to keep a detailed paper trail of how they build and care for each bomb. The National Nuclear Security Administration has not consistently tracked each of the thousands of nuclear weapons under its charge with a comprehensive file of...

Watchdog: U.S. Struggles to Track Nuclear-Arms Design Records

March 31, 2014 An Energy Department investigator has lashed nuclear-arms offices for failing to keep a detailed paper trail of how they build and care for each bomb. The National Nuclear Security Administration has not consistently tracked each of the thousands of nuclear weapons under its charge with a comprehensive file of "drawings,...

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