HOMELAND DEFENSE

& Security Information Analysis Digest

17 AUGUST 2021

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

FEATURED ARTICLE

New Handheld Screening Wands Could Reduce the Need for Airport Pat Downs

We’ve all walked through a metal detector at the airport, hoping we didn’t forget anything in our pockets that will set off the alarm. When security personnel can’t immediately identify what is triggering the alarm, the process is halted for a pat down. Though this slows the screening process significantly for people waiting in line…

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Featured Notable Technical Inquiry

Multilayered Packaging of Hazardous Materials

1. Inquiry The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) received a technical inquiry (TI) asking what technical studies, research, and published work exists concerning the use of containers for the transport and storage of hazardous materials (chemical, biological, radiological [CBR]). The inquirer stated that in the countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) community, there are plenty of standard operating procedures (SOPs) about using…

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UPCOMING WEBINAR

National Guard soldier removes simulated radioactive particles via a vacuum according to Standard Operating Procedure.

What capabilities exist for field-level radiological decontamination?

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) is seeking information on current mitigation capabilities and procedures for radiological contamination. Of particular interest are optimal procedures used to decontaminate 10-20 personnel and/or equipment when externally contaminated with radiological material; however, any information on current field-level wet and dry decontamination processes is also of interest….

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Decades of Nuclear Expertise Guides Global Nonproliferation Innovation Today

Researchers tackling national security challenges at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are upholding an 80-year legacy of leadership in all things nuclear. Today, they’re developing the next generation of technologies that will help reduce global nuclear risk and enable safe, secure, peaceful use of nuclear materials worldwide. ORNL’s rich history of…

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U.S. Army Chemical Review 2024

The U.S. Army Chemical Review (ACR) (ISSN 0899-7047) is published annually in May by the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School (USACBRNS) and the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. ACR highlights unique Army chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear technical-response capabilities for supporting national countering weapons of mass destruction operations…

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Additional VHF Antenna Enhances Communication to Improve Forecasts

Hurricane season starts June 1, and the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron’s role in collecting weather data is key for forecasts. To enhance their communication capabilities, the United States Air Force Reserve completed the successful temporary installation and test of a third Very High Frequency, or VHF, antenna in a WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft on May…

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Army Captain conducting biological testing in the back of a SUV.

Persistent Experimentation

The mission of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (MRDC) is to create, develop, acquire, and deliver medical capabilities to the Warfighter. A critical part of ensuring mission success involves testing those capabilities in real-world conditions. Throughout the year, MRDC’s nine direct reporting units (DRUs) regularly participate in Army, joint service, and multinational…

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Servicemembers fight a fire under supervision

Sparking Innovation to Fight Fire Around the World

May is a month to honor and celebrate our brave first responders, starting with the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial ceremony, National Police Week last week, and finally the 50th anniversary of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week this week. S&T recognizes all emergency responders who provide lifesaving services to our nation’s communities, honors the sacrifices…

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U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa Is Using State-of the-Art Space Age Equipment to Get Our Sailors and Marines Back in the Fight Faster Than Ever Before!

Okinawa Japan, Camp Hansen, Dr. Robert Eberly, department head and family and sports medicine physician, recently took the time to talk about some of the new technology he is using to get our fighting force back in the fight and rehabilitated sooner. It only makes sense that this is happening at a place called the…

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Rendition of light particles (enlarged) being emitted by a lighthouse

New Discoveries About the Nature of Light Could Improve Methods for Heating Fusion Plasma

Both literally and figuratively, light pervades the world. It banishes darkness, conveys telecommunications signals between continents, and makes visible the invisible, from faraway galaxies to the smallest bacterium. Light can also help heat the plasma within ring-shaped devices known as tokamaks as scientists worldwide strive to harness the fusion process to generate green electricity. Now,…

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3D Rendering of ring torus

Using Artificial Intelligence to Speed Up and Improve the Most Computationally Intensive Aspects of Plasma Physics in Fusion

The intricate dance of atoms fusing and releasing energy has fascinated scientists for decades. Now, human ingenuity and artificial intelligence are coming together at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) to solve one of humankind’s most pressing issues:  generating clean, reliable energy from fusing plasma. Unlike traditional computer code, machine…

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A picture of a nuclear testing facility, with a domed structure to the left and a building in the foreground.

Novel Hyper-Breeder Nuclear Reactor Concept

This webinar will describe a novel hyper-breeder reactor requiring only natural uranium fuel and a breeding ratio of 1.55, which allows the reactor to be started up with some of the depleted uranium fuel. This not only allows operation without uranium enrichment but quickly degrades all plutonium to reactor grade, making it largely attractive from…

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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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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