DHS starts work on $128 million biodefense center

first_imgJun 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials broke ground yesterday for the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. Construction of the NBACC is slated for completion in 2008, DHS officials said in a news release. The facility’s estimated cost is $128 million, according to an April 2005 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report. See also: The new center is a component of the Bush administration’s “Biodefense in the 21st Century” initiative and meets requirements in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the DHS statement said. The facility will include laboratories with the highest level of biosecurity, Biosafety Level 4, for handling dangerous pathogens, according to the CRS report. “Scientific research is fundamental to reducing the high consequences of a biological attack,” said DHS Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson, as quoted in the DHS press release. “Our threat picture is ever-changing, and this facility will provide enduring biodefense capability against these types of emerging threats.” Congressional Research Service report, Apr 25, 2005http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL32891.pdf The NBACC will be located at the new National Interagency Biodefense Campus (NIBC). The campus includes laboratories belonging to the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to DHS. (Fort Detrick is the home of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.) The 160,000-square-foot facility will house two centers, the Biological Threat Characterization Center (BTCC) and the National Bioforensic Analysis Center (NBFAC). The BTCC’s task is to define biothreat agents and conduct risk assessments to guide research, development, and acquisition efforts and to support the intelligence community, according to DHS. The NBFAC is the lead federal facility for conducting forensic analysis after a biological attack.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta insists Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is happy with Arsenal role after complaints from striker’s brother

first_img Comment Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the opening goal as Arsenal drew with Leicester City (Getty)‘But obviously we will wait to see the suspension with Eddie and how long it is, and we will adapt.’Asked if playing on the left could affect Aubameyang’s chances of winning the Golden Boot this season, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t know, we need to put as much firepower in the team as possible without losing our balance.‘He’s always scored a lot of goals from that position, he’s done it all his career as well. We know he can play as a No.9, but at the moment the balance of the team is better like this.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked if feels Aubameyang is happy to play anywhere because of their relationship, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t think it’s about the relationship, it’s about the type of player he is.‘He is a team player. And you can ask him to play anywhere and he’s happy to take it. ‘Obviously he would prefer to play somewhere all the time, but he’s happy and you see the effort he puts in every game.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jul 2020 12:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Mikel Arteta insists Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is happy with Arsenal role after complaints from striker’s brother Advertisement Mikel Arteta says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ‘happy’ with his role at Arsenal (Arsenal/Getty)Mikel Arteta believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is happy with his role at Arsenal after the striker’s brother complained about the forward being played as a left winger.Earlier this week, Willy Aubameyang criticised Arteta during an Instagram live video over his decision to not give his brotherthe No.9 role in Arsenal’s attack.Aubameyang played on the left flank once again on Tuesday evening and scored the opening goal as Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.And although Arteta admits he is open to playing Aubameyang through the middle following Eddie Nketiah’s red card, he believes the 31-year-old gives balance to Arsenal by playing on the left.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Yeah, he’s played there [through the middle] tonight unfortunately with 10 men, it’s a completely different game,’ Arteta said after Arsenal’s draw with Leicester.‘We will look at the options that we have up front and how we can be a little bit diverse and have different options.last_img read more