Bell’s and De Proef Collaboration Update and the Michigan Winter Beer Festival: [KalamaBrew Podcast]

Bells-Van-TweeThis week on our regular chat with the fine folks over at KalamaBrew, blogger John Liberty fills us in on expected release of Van Twee, a collaboration brew between Bell’s Brewery and De Proef in Belgium.

Also in the podcast we hear about the lastest news on the hottest beer event in west Michigan all winter. What? That’s right, the annual Michigan Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids, Mich. presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild. Just a heads up, according to the KalamaBrew team tickets for the festival tend to go fast.

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Thursday Emerging Threats

From my UPI Emerging Threats beat. Click on headlines to read stories.

BRUSSELS, April 2 (UPI) — Growing fears for the safety of civilians in Sudan following an indictment of the country’s president topped a monthly International Crisis Group report.

LONDON, April 2 (UPI) — The Gambian Armed Forces are being recognized for their peacekeeping efforts by the United Nations following the completion of a British training program.

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, April 2 (UPI) — A U.N. report is calling on Guinea-Bissau leaders to cooperate with an investigation into the assassination of the country’s president.

MANILA, Philippines, April 2 (UPI) — The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed Thursday the release of one hostage by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in the Philippines.

BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 2 (UPI) — Azerbaijani and Turkish border guards recently conducted a workshop in an effort to strengthen cooperation on countering the trafficking of illicit goods.

Thursday Security Industry

From my UPI Security Industry beat. Click on headlines to read stories.

SAN DIEGO, March 5 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy has received delivery of the new Carl Brashear, the seventh T-AKE Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, from General Dynamics.

WASHINGTON , March 5 (UPI) — South Korean defense officials have contracted ICx Technologies to develop a mass spectrometer for military reconnaissance vehicles.

MONTVILLE, N.J., March 5 (UPI) — Marotta Controls has been contracted to continue production support for the U.S. Air Force’s precision strike GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb.

SACRAMENTO, March 5 (UPI) — Pro-Tech Industries has been contracted to support a U.S. Marine Corps project upgrading the Air Station Miramar installation north of San Diego.

ROSELAND, N.J., March 5 (UPI) — Italian company Fincantieri has selected Curtiss-Wright Corp. to support a contract with the Turkish coast guard’s search-and-rescue ship program.

MINNEAPOLIS, March 5 (UPI) — The Colombian air force has contracted Alliant Techsystems, known as ATK, to modify three aircraft to support emergency medical operations.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 5 (UPI) — General Dynamics announced a recent test of a new U.S. Army tactical network was successfully completed.

Thursday Washington Times

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Lockheed to buy UNITECH

BETHESDA | Lockheed Martin has agreed to purchase the defense and homeland security training-solutions developer Universal Systems & Technology Inc.

The definitive agreement into which Lockheed Martin has entered to acquire UNITECH is part of the company’s initiative to address a growing demand in training and operational readiness capabilities.

Wednesday Emerging Threats

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Sri Lanka’s secretary of defense said Tuesday terrorism must be confronted and crushed to ensure a safe country for future generations.

COLON, Panama, Dec. 31 (UPI) — New nuclear threat detection technologies are currently operating in Panama after a recent agreement with the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Dec. 31 (UPI) — The ongoing instability in Somalia is the result of a vacuum of leadership in the country, according to a top United Nations official.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 31 (UPI) — An investigation is under way in Afghanistan after Australian troops were involved in a shooting incident Tuesday that resulted in the death of an Afghan man.

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 31 (UPI) — A joint operation of the United Nations and the Haitian National Police busted a major drug smuggling operation in the country.

Wednesday Security Industry

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Organizers for the biannual Force Protection Equipment Demonstration conference held in Virginia have opened online registration availability.

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Israeli security solutions provider Mer Group has contracted Radwin to support security operations around the City of David landmark in Jerusalem.

ANDOVER, Mass., Dec. 31 (UPI) — The U.S. Homeland Security Department has contracted Dynamics Research Corp. to support the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 31 (UPI) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has contracted Parsons to support master planning services at U.S. military installations.

ADELAIDE, Australia, Dec. 31 (UPI) — After completing approval requirements, BAE Systems has officially acquired Australia-based defense supplies management company Tenix Toll Defense Logistics.

Tuesday Emerging Threats

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Dec. 30 (UPI) — One of the few remaining stockpiles of VX nerve agent has been safely destroyed, according to the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 30 (UPI) — As the security situation on the ground in Afghanistan has intensified, a unit of U.S. Air Force reservists has performed more than 1,100 rescue missions.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) — More than 1 million truck drivers have been approved to transport hazardous material in the United States, the Transportation Security Administration says.

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Dec. 30 (UPI) — The mine-removal operation taking place in Cyprus’s buffer zone could end in January without new funding from the international community.

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 30 (UPI) — A government official in the Philippines says the county’s security objectives include ending the communist rebellion and resuming peace talks in the south.