CABEM applauds Homeland Security’s selection of Manhattan, Kansas for the building of a new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. Competing against six alternative sites, Homeland Security’s Directorate for Science and Technology confirmed this December the award of $450 million to begin the build of the lab on KSU’s Manhattan campus in 2010. With a projected completion date of 2015, the new lab will assess and research aspects of public and animal health important to national security, bioterrorism threats, and other related responsibilities for homeland defense research, development, testing, and evaluation.