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Biotech: Can Microscopic Sentries Protect US Troops?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


From repelling bugs to protecting divers in dangerous waters, scientists are pushing the boundaries of biotech.

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Industrial Base Analysis Picks Up Steam; Recommendations To White House By April

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: President Trump’s sweeping review of the national security industrial base — from shipbuilding to microchips, strategic minerals to vaccines — is almost halfway done. A score of working groups across the government, not just the Pentagon, will submit their draft recommendations this month and next, an administration official briefed on the review tells me. Then… Keep reading →

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Nukes Or Conventional Weapons? Buy The Ones We Use

Posted by Lacie Heeley on


As the House and Senate gear up for votes in the coming days to fund the Defense Department, lawmakers are set to support a bow wave of costly nuclear weapons programs increasingly at odds with the needs of U.S. troops and the future threats that dominate their agenda. Notably for a president who famously championed… Keep reading →

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North Korean Nuclear Threat Drives Army Wargame; Service Shifts To Rebuild WMD Skills

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARMY WAR COLLEGE: Hours before Pyongyang conducted its latest nuclear test, military officers here at the Army War College began waging a wargame whose classified scenario is transparently concerned with North Korea. That is not happenstance. [Click here for more coverage of the Army’s “Winter Wargame”] After a decade of guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan and… Keep reading →

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Bio-Weapons Crusader Calls For Tighter Research Oversight

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: One of the grand old men of biodefense, Dr. Matthew Meselson, left his Harvard lab and came to Washington to call for greater international cooperation in monitoring new diseases, whether they arise in the wild or in the lab. The Department of Homeland Security’s process for reviewing potentially dangerous research, he said at an… Keep reading →

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