Homeland Defense & Security Digest

15 JUNE 2021

Featured Technical Inquiry

COVID-19 Delta Variant

HDIAC received a technical inquiry on the transmissibility of the SARS-CoV-2 delta variant and the efficacy of vaccines against those variants. Initial research has shown that the SARS-CoV-2 delta variant (B.1.617.2 lineage) is 43%-60% more transmissible than the previous variants. Studies show that the vaccines still provide protection against the delta variant. However, the efficacy is not as strong. For example, one of the vaccine […]

Learn More
John Clements, HDIAC

Voice from the Community

John Clements, PMP

Technical Lead, Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center

As the new lead, I am excited about our growth and recent advancements at HDIAC!

I recently supported test and evaluation efforts in the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear environment, as well as mass fatality management. I also worked closely with Joint personnel and U.S. Army personnel from all three components (Active, Guard, and Reserve) on the issue of sharing unclassified geospatial information to mission partners who lack access to classified systems. This is one of HDIAC’s missions—getting the right information to the right people to make the right decisions.

I will strive to ensure that HDIAC provides quality information and eliminates duplication of effort. Feel free to contact me at  john.clements@hdiac.org if you have any questions or would like to contribute to our mission.

Featured Articles

Feature Article: S&T Leading the Way in Adapting to Climate Change and Building Community Resilience

According to the United States Global Change Research Program, more frequent and intense extreme weather, and climate-related events, as well as changes in average climate conditions, are expected to continue to damage infrastructure, ecosystems, and social…

CISA and FBI Launch Operation Flashpoint to Raise Awareness About How to Prevent Bomb Making

CLINTON, Miss. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced a new pilot program today called “Operation Flashpoint” to build awareness in…

Soldiers, Marines Test New Chemical, Biological Systems at Dugway

Soldiers and Marines tested the Joint Biological Tactical Detection System (JBTDS) and the Contamination Indication Disclosure Assurance System (CIDAS) at Dugway Proving Ground, UT. Data collected during testing will be used to inform senior Army…

NREL, First Solar Celebrate Nearly 30 Years of Collaboration on Cadmium Telluride Solar Cell Research

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has more than 550 unique, active partners. One such partner is First Solar Inc.—a relationship that dates back to the early 1990s. NREL and First Solar, then called Solar…

Military Medical Research Leads to 18 New Cancer Drugs, Other Devices

In just the past year, they’ve been working on new, high-tech treatments for major health problems like cancer, severe hearing loss, and genetic diseases like muscular dystrophy. While the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, known…

Department of Energy Seeks Public Input Regarding Energysheds

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a request for information (RFI) regarding the concept of an “energyshed” and energyshed management systems. Given that the term “energyshed” is relatively new, DOE is seeking feedback on its…

Nuclear Posture Review, National Defense Strategy (NDS) Will Be Thoroughly Integrated

“The Nuclear Posture Review, or NPR, will come on the coattails of the NDS and will be fully nested within it,” said Colin H. Kahl, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, on Wednesday during a…

Want to be featured in our biweekly digest?

Submit your "Voice from the Community"

Upcoming Events

64th Annual Biosafety and Biosecurity Conference

Three full days of intensive professional development courses to educate and inspire. Three full days of state-of-the-art keynotes, papers, and panels highlighting best practices and hands-on skills crucial for today’s biosafety and biosecurity professionals. Exhibits…

Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience

The nation’s critical infrastructure provides the essential services that underpin American society. Proactive and coordinated efforts are necessary to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure – including assets, networks, and systems –…

2021 AUSA Annual Meeting

THE ARMY’S MOST POWERFUL EVENT COVERS EVERYTHING YOU NEED – ALL IN ONE PLACE. The Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting is the largest land power exposition and professional development forum in North…

Dam Safety 2021

ASDSO is excited to move forward with plans for Dam Safety 2021 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, the week of September 12-15. Dam Safety 2021 will return to an in-person format in Nashville…

Surgery and Anesthesia World Forum

Global surgery market is anticipated to expand at a massive growth with an increase in the number of surgical procedures in aging population, cases of road accidents, increased healthcare expenditure, technological advancements, patient affordability, and…

TechNet Augusta 2021

Please mark your calendars for August 16-19, 2021, when TechNet Augusta is scheduled to return to the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center in Augusta, Georgia. Visit www.afcea.org/events for the full list of AFCEA events….

Deterrence Summit

13th Annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit

Mark your calendar for the 13th Annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit! The Summit brings together U.S. and international leaders, experts, and industry executives involved in the field of nuclear deterrence to discuss the management of the…