& Security Information Analysis Digest

16 MAY 2024

HDIAC collects and publishes articles related to our technical focus areas on the web to share with the DoD community.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM), a time dedicated to raising awareness of the challenges faced by those living with mental health issues and provide education on available resources for help. The U.S. Department of Defense understands that mental wellness plays a vital role in overall health and wellness and recognizes and supports MHAM by providing a number of resources to help military personnel, their families, and veterans lead happier and healthier lives.

For more information, visit:  Mental Health Awareness Month: Defend Your Mental Health | Health.mil


Air Force member trains with a new respirator

563rd OSS Mask Modernization

The U.S. Air Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Systems Branch fielded new respirator masks to the 563rd Operational Support Squadron (OSS) and 755th OSS, on March 7, 2024. The new mask, known as the Joint Service Aircrew Mask Strategic Aircraft or M69, replaced the legacy MBU-19/P Aircrew Eye and Respiratory Protection equipment, which…


Featured Notable Technical Inquiry

Bacteria and Fungi Contamination in Fuel and Hydraulic Oil

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) received a technical inquiry regarding microbial contaminants of the fuel and hydraulic liquid in aircraft. A particular focus was on all known microbes detected in aircraft or any other similar systems, the enzymes these microbes use for their nutrition, and morphological and physiological peculiarities of such biofilms and any other related and relevant information. HDIAC subject…

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DoD Nuclear Energy Use Case – A Combatant Command Perspective

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) was an early adopter of nuclear power and pioneered research of mobile nuclear energy.  In addition to the well-documented U.S. Navy nuclear propulsion program, the U.S. Army constructed eight land-based reactors, deploying a 330-ton “portable” reactor to Camp Century in Greenland.  Although that reactor (PM-2A) leaked radiation, it operated…



Digital Engineering for Defense Summit

The Digital Engineering for Defense Summit will bring together leaders from across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), military services, industry, academia, and other relevant stakeholders to support the integration of digital engineering tools and…

American Nuclear Society Annual Conference 2024

The 2024 American Nuclear Society Annual Conference is an event focused on highlighting and progressing nuclear sciences and technologies for their contributions to improving people’s lives and preserving the planet. During the conference, key talking…

National Homeland Security Conference 2024

The National Homeland Security Conference brings together professionals in homeland security, law enforcement, fire, and emergency management. They include officials in federal agencies, nonprofit agencies, business owners, universities, and decision-makers to contribute or learn about…

Law Enforcement-Homeland Security Forum & Technology Exposition 2024

The 2024 Law Enforcement-Homeland Security Forum & Technology Exposition is a classified forum that will feature keynote speakers, presentations, panel discussions, and case studies on topics germane to federal law enforcement, homeland security, the intelligence…

The 92nd MORS Symposium

For over 55 years, the annual Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Symposium has been an opportunity for the national security community to exchange information, examine research, and discuss critical national security topics. Held in notable…

Biometrics Institute US Strategy Forum

The Biometrics Institute provides an independent platform for discussion about the responsible, ethical, and effective use of biometrics. This year, the Biometrics Institute will be taking these conversations further seeking to create even more interaction…

The 2nd Annual Nuclear Energy Security Summit

This 2024 Summit is gathering an assembly of government and industry leaders, subject matter experts, and regional stakeholders to chart a transformative path for advanced nuclear power technology that aligns with both U.S. and international…

Voice From the Community

B. McKay Allred, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL)

Dr. Allred is a research scientist, program manager for internal research, and research chemistry lab manager for USACIL, where
he supports the advancement of several forensic science disciplines. Past research efforts have included explosive and drug
analysis, synthetic and organic polymer identification and characterization, latent print visualization, 3-D firearm and toolmarks, and statistical representation of pattern-based evidence.

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