Homeland Defense & Security Digest

17 AUGUST 2021

Featured Technical Inquiry

A U.S. Marine in chemical protective clothing checks places a purple chem light on a table with other equipment.

Rendering Riot Control Agents (RCAs) as Materiel Designated as Safe (MDAS)

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) was asked to provide information on the processes to render select RCAs as MDAS.  Although the inquirer’s primary interests were in finding approaches outside incendiary ones, all discovered approaches were included in this report. HDIAC partnered with SciTech Services, Inc., to research this topic and generate a report on the various methods for rendering from agnostic […]

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Daniel Fleming

Research Inquiry Analyst, HDIAC

As a research inquiry analyst, I conduct research in HDIAC’s eight technical focus areas and generate reports for the DoD community. I have a military and pharmaceutical background, where I served as a Combat Engineer for the Marine Corps and Lead Analytical Technician for
a pharmaceutical company, respectively. As a Marine, I used my engineering skillset domestically to construct and execute bridging operations. Internationally, I trained on foreign weapons systems, provided humanitarian relief assistance, and increased force readiness for our NATO allies. As a pharmaceutical technician, I had to follow strict guidelines, perform and develop established methods and programs, and ensure integrity of drug sample and test conditions.

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Featured News

Personal Protective Equipment, Military

One System, Varied Missions: SOCOM Community’s Collaborative Efforts Deliver a Comprehensive CBRN Protective Mask

Modern warfighters face various biological and chemical threats on the battlefield, from disease to potential manmade poisons, and they require more protective and innovative gear to keep them safe in the varied environments they encounter. When you think of a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protective mask, most people visualize one of the currently fielded masks, such as the M50 or M51, which is […]

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Recent News

Medical Practitioner dons gloves using new invention.

USU Medical Students Invent Rapid Glove Applicator for Emergency Care

Two fourth-year medical school students from the Uniformed Services University (USU) have patented a new device that can assist healthcare providers in quickly donning multiple glove layers — something essential during a potential mass casualty…

Military Personnel wearing CBRN Protective Equipment

Army Team Leverages Expertise to Increase Readiness for Radiological Detection Missions

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – A team of Soldiers and U.S. Army civilians recently came together to design a better backpack. Soldiers from the U.S. Army Nuclear Disablement Teams helped to conceptualize, coordinate, and create…

Cybersecurity, Security

CISA Releases 2023 Year in Review Showcasing Efforts to Protect Critical Infrastructure

WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released its fourth annual Year in Review showcasing CISA’s work to protect the nation from cyber and physical threats, while working to increase the resilience of…

Particle Imaging, Particle modeling

Advisory Panel Issues Field-Defining Recommendations for U.S. Government Investments in Particle Physics Research

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) to the High Energy Physics program of the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation’s Division of Physics has released…

Eunice Peneti, a wildlife ranger with International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Sgt. First Class Sierra Melendez, the joint public affairs noncommissioned officer in charge with U.S. Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAF) listens to opening remarks for the Women in Security Conference supported by SOCAF in Nairobi, Kenya, March 21, 2023

Women, Peace, and Security in Africa: A Catalyst for Change

VICENZA, Italy – Africa boasts the second largest land mass and population among continents as well as the youngest median age in the world at under 19 years on average. With seven coups over the…

Diagram of a Molten Salt Reactor.

Kairos Power Starts Operation of First Molten Salt System

Kairos Power successfully completed 1,000 hours of pumped salt operations after loading 12 metric tons of a molten fluoride salt known as “FLiBe” into its Engineering Test Unit (ETU) at its testing and manufacturing facility…

Upcoming Events

12th Annual Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium

This event will explore the continued efforts of the CBRN community to advance the defense, readiness, and response to current and emerging chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats.  The 2024 symposium will aim to…

26th Annual Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)

The 26th annual Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), held at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is cosponsored by the three U.S. Attorney’s Offices in North Carolina and the District of South Carolina. Additionally, the…

Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience North America

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security,…