16 November 2012 – NCB News (12 items)(UNCLASSIFIED)

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> 1. HOUSE COMMITTEE LEADERS URGE SENATE PASSAGE OF NUCLEAR SECURITY LEGISLATION: “House leaders are urging their Senate colleagues to pass legislation that would bring the United States into line with two international nuclear security agreements amid concerns that adoption of the bill might not be possible during the last weeks of this congressional session.” >
> 2. MINUTEMAN III TEST MISSILE LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG: “An Air Force Global Strike Command Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a simulated reentry vehicle was launched during an operational test at 3:07 a.m., Nov.14 from Launch Facility 10 on North Vandenberg.” >
> 3. U.S. SHOULD SEEK NUKE TALKS WITH CHINA, CONGRESSIONAL REPORT SAYS: “The Chinese armed forces are updating their weapons capabilities at a rapid pace, including their capacity to launch nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles from submarines, CNN reported, citing a congressionally ordered report released on Wednesday.” >
> 4. SUSPECTED NORTH KOREA MISSILE PARTS SEIZED EN ROUTE TO SYRIA IN MAY: “A shipment of graphite cylinders usable in a missile program and suspected to have come from North Korea was found in May aboard a Chinese ship en route to Syria in what appears to have been a violation of U.N. sanctions, diplomats said on Tuesday.” >
> 5. PENTAGON SAYS 75,000 TROOPS MIGHT BE NEEDED TO SEIZE SYRIA CHEMICAL ARMS: “The Pentagon has told the Obama administration that any military effort to seize Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons would require upward of 75,000 troops, amid increasing concern that the militant group Hezbollah has set up small training camps close to some of the chemical weapons depots, according to senior American officials.” >
> 6. LAWMAKERS RENEW DEMAND FOR BIOWATCH RECORDS: “Two top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week renewed their demand that the Homeland Security Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide documentation on the functioning of a nationwide program for detecting bioterror attacks.” >
> 7. SASK. FIRM’S DOCUMENTARY ON BIOLOGICAL WARFARE TO BE SEEN WORLDWIDE: “Invisible Threat, a film about biological warfare produced by Saskatchewan’s 4 Square Entertainment, will premiere Saturday at 10 p.m. on CityTV. Early in 2013, it will be seen worldwide on the Al Jazeera English network.” >
> 8. CONGRESS CAN ACT ON PAHPA DURING LAME DUCK SESSION: “During its lame duck session, Congress has the chance to vote on the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011, which could provide needed resources to victims after an emergency or disaster.” >
> 9. RUSSIA’S KINZER CHEMICAL DISPOSAL FACILITY DELAYED: “The first phase of Russia’s Kizner Chemical Weapons Disposal Facility, which is under construction in the Urdmurt Republic, was recently rescheduled to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2013.” >
> 10. EXPERTS CONCERNED ABOUT U.S. ABILITY TO FIND SOURCE OF BIOATTACK: “The panel discussion, entitled “Biosecurity: Confronting Existent and Emerging Unknowns,” was the first in a three part event that took place at the Washington, D.C., offices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.” >
> 11. FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS HOST SYMPOSIUM ON CATASTROPHIC THREATS: “The Federation of American Scientists held a day-long symposium on Friday with featured speakers making recommendations to the Obama administration on how to most effectively respond to catastrophic national security threats.” >
> 12. UNC, VANDERBILT DISCOVER A NEW LIVE VACCINE APPROACH FOR SARS AND NOVEL CORONAVIRUSES: “. . . in the case of the coronavirus responsible for deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), collaborating researchers at the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University have found that accelerating the rate of mutations cripples the virus’s ability to cause disease in animals.” >
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