NCB News (15 items)(UNCLASSIFIED)

From: NCB News Bulletin
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2012 10:32:59 -0500
Subject: 5 December 2012 – NCB News (15 items)(UNCLASSIFIED)

1. N. KOREAN ROCKET PLANS PROCEED AS JAPAN WARNS AGAINST LAUNCH: “North Korea is proceeding with plans to test a long-range rocket this month in defiance of international condemnation that included Japanese warnings to shoot it down if necessary.” >
> 2. NNSA EXCEEDS 2012 GOAL FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS DISMANTLEMENTS: “The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has accomplished 112 percent of its goal for planned stockpile dismantlements in FY 2012.” >
> 3. STATE DEPARTMENT NONPROLIFERATION EFFORTS CAN LAY DORMANT FOR YEARS: GAO: “A number of initiatives under a U.S. State Department nonproliferation program remained officially active for years after their operations concluded, and Foggy Bottom has failed to prepare standards for deciding when to halt dormant initiatives and free up their assets, the Government Accountability Office said in a report published on Friday.” >
> 4. OBAMA URGES RUSSIA TO WORK WITH U.S. TO EXTEND ARMS PACT: “President Barack Obama urged Russia on Tuesday to work with the United States to “update” a decades-old agreement on dismantling nuclear and chemicals weapons that is set to expire in mid-2013.” >
> 5. POST-SOVIET MILITARY ALLIANCE REAFFIRMS MISSILE DEFENSE PLANS: “The Collective Security Treaty Organization, a Russian-led military alliance of six former Soviet republics, plans to build an integrated air and missile defense system, the chief of the Russian military’s General Staff said on Tuesday.” >
> 6. H.R. 2356: WMD PREVENTION AND PREPAREDNESS ACT OF 2012: “To enhance homeland security by improving efforts to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from an attack with a weapon of mass destruction, and for other purposes.” >
> 7. SCIENTISTS DISCOVER FUNCTION OF ANTHRAX RECEPTOR: “Scientists recently uncovered the physiological functions of the receptor anthrax uses to inject its lethal toxin into cells.” >
> 8. U.S. GOVERNMENT PLAN FOR H5N1 SCIENTIFIC REVIEWS IRKS SCIENTISTS: “A draft plan by the U.S. government to subject some H5N1 avian influenza virus grant requests to special reviews and secrecy is receiving mixed reviews from scientists.” >
> 9. SCIENTISTS MAY BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY IRAQI CHEMICAL WEAPONS SUPPLIER: “A British expert on chemical warfare recently said that scientists may be able to identify the country that supplied Iraqi forces with the chemical weapons used to kill thousands in Halabja in 1988.” >
> 10. CONCERNS ARISE IN CHINESE BID FOR GEONOMICS FIRM: “The pending sale of a major American gene-mapping company to a Chinese firm is sparking yet another dust-up over what sensitive industries the rising Asian power ought to be allowed to dominate in the United States.” >
> 11. VISA INCREASE FOR FOREIGN SCIENTISTS WINS TENUOUS VICTORY IN US HOUSE: “Just two months after rejecting a nearly identical immigration measure, members of the US House of Representatives passed a bill on 30 November to grant permanent residency for up to 55,000 foreign researchers with US degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” >
> 12. YERSINIA PESTIS: NEW EVIDENCE FOR AN OLD INFECTION: “The successful reconstruction of an ancient bacterial genome from archaeological material presents an important methodological advancement for infectious disease research.” >
> 13. CDC SEES SIGNS OF EARLY, BAD FLU SEASON: “The early uptick in flu infections that are predominantly the H3N2 strain shows some worrisome parallels to the nation’s last bad regular flu season in 2003-04, officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.” >
> 14. PREDICTION AND PREVENTION OF THE NEXT PANDEMIC ZOONOSIS: “We review what is known about the pathogens that emerge, the hosts that they originate in, and the factors that drive their emergence.” >
> 15. EXCLUSIVE: U.S. SEES SYRIA PREPPING CHEMICAL WEAPONS FOR POSSIBLE ATTACK: “Engineers working for the Assad regime in Syria have begun combining the two chemical precursors needed to weaponize sarin gas, an American official with knowledge of the situation tells Danger Room.” >
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