Homeland Defense & Security Digest

17 AUGUST 2021

Featured Technical Inquiry

Reaction of Reactive Skin Decontaminant Lotion (RSDL) With Nerve Agents Sarin (GB) and Soman (GD) and Forming Degradation Products

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) received a technical inquiry regarding existing test data for the decontamination of GB and GD with RSDL and the production of hydrolysis products such as isopropyl methylphosponic acid (IMPA), pinacolyl methylphosphonic acid (PMPA), methylphosphonic acid (MPA), or any other reaction products that might have been identified.

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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

LLNL Researchers Chart Progress in Architected Materials That Respond to External Stimuli

Recent advances in preprogrammed architected materials could enable new functions that can evolve in response to their environments or external stimuli, according to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers. In a paper published by Nature Reviews Materials, LLNL researchers provide an overview of the progress made in responsive architected materials that can morph into a particular shape and exhibit new properties when exposed to heat, magnetic or electrical forces, […]

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Recent News

Sandia Researchers Test Explosives and Propellants to Create Geothermal Power Sites

Why are scientists setting off small-scale explosions inside 1-foot cubes of plexiglass? They’re watching how fractures form and grow in a rocklike substance to see if explosives or propellants, similar to jet fuel, can connect…

Researchers Aim to Better Quantify Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Hydropower Reservoirs

As the United States moves toward more sustainable and renewable sources of energy, hydropower is expected to play a pivotal role in integrating more intermittent renewables like wind and solar to the electricity grid because…

Unique ERDC Facility Allows Researchers the Opportunity for Large-Scale Structural Testing

VICKSBURG, Miss. – There are many ways to test the load-bearing capability of structures, and fortunately, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has a unique facility to accomplish this task. When building structures,…

New Digital Indoor Mapping Capability Now Available for First Responders

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) funded the development of a cloud-based capability that enables first responders to review and analyze indoor floor plans in real-time when responding to incidents. Mappedin Response was…

Learning from Foes: How Racially and Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists Embrace and Mimic Islamic State’s Use of Emerging Technologies

This report focuses on three emerging technologies that terrorist organizations have begun using. These technologies include cloud-based messaging applications, weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles, and social media bots. Starting with the Islamic State, this report will…

NREL Creates Highest Efficiency 1-Sun Solar Cell

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) created a solar cell with a record 39.5% efficiency under 1-sun global illumination. This is the highest efficiency solar cell of any type,…

Upcoming Events

Drone Assessment and Response Tactics (DART) & Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Development (UASPD) Training Courses

OVERVIEW HDIAC is proud to host these VIRTUAL classes at the Drone Assessment and Response Tactics (DART) & Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Development (UASPD) two-day training course. There is no cost for registering for this…

DoD Energy & Power Summit

The 4th Annual U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Energy and Power Summit will focus on the technologies and policies necessary to support greater energy efficiency, resiliency, affordability, and environmental sustainability for the DoD for both…

Military Health System Research Symposium

The meeting is TENTATIVELY scheduled for 12-15 September 2022 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, FL. An email will be sent to all website registrants as additional information becomes available.

11th International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host the 11th International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID) on August 7-10, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel in Atlanta, GA. Held every 2–3 years,…

National Homeland Security Conference 2022

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