Homeland Defense & Security Digest


Featured Technical Inquiry

AI/ML Used in Biometric Identification Applications

Overview A member of the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requested information concerning U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) standards and/or methods for validating and implementing data derived from machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms used in biometric identification applications. Findings According to subject matter experts at the Defense Forensics & Biometrics Agency’s (DFBA’s) Standards Branch, standards for AI […]

Learn More
DCM headshot

Voice from the Community

Deanna Milonas

HDIAC Research Inquiry Analyst

Deanna Milonas is a research analyst for the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC). As a research analyst, Deanna is currently supporting a specialized task order (STO) analyzing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on DoD operations. Prior to
working for HDIAC, she worked as an analytical chemist performing chemical analysis on samples using LC-MS, GC-MS, and ICP-OES. While working on her master’s degree, she worked as a biomedical engineering researcher focusing on the synthesis and characterization of polymeric magnetic microand nanoparticles and their therapeutic applications for drug delivery. Deanna holds a B.S. in chemistry and an M.S. in biomedical engineering.

Featured News

2021 National Preparedness Report

The 2021 National Preparedness Report (2021 NPR) summarizes progress made, and challenges that remain, in building and sustaining the capabilities needed to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats, hazards, and incidents that pose the greatest risk to the nation. For this report, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used the events of 2020 to draw broader conclusions about national risk […]

Learn More

Recent News

Estimating the Strength of Selection for New COVID-19 Variants

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Dec. 22, 2021—As the discovery of the new omicron variant illustrates, new COVID-19 variants will continue to regularly emerge. In an effort to make sense of these new variants, scientists at Los…

DOE Establishes New Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the establishment of the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, a new DOE office that will help deliver on President Biden’s bold climate agenda, create new, good-paying…

Building Community Climate Resilience With Compound-Flood Modeling Tools

When Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana in August 2021, it was classified as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, a storm surge that measured at more than 5 feet in New Orleans…

Keesler AFB Dental, Oncologists Innovate Radiation Therapy Tool for Cancer Patients

In an effort to make radiation therapy for cancer patients more precise and effective, Keesler Air Force Base’s 81st Diagnostic and Therapeutic Squadron and the 81st Dental Squadron innovated a way to craft more precise radiation boluses for patients…

Tackling Concussions: NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium Battles Brain Injuries

At colleges and universities across the country, there are nearly a half-million student-athletes competing in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports during any given year. As the NCAA often reminds its fans: “Most of them…

Common “Core”: Using Molecular Fragments to Detect Deadly Opioids

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a method to detect trace amounts of synthetic opioids. They plan to combine their approach with miniaturized sensors to create a hand-portable instrument easily used…

Want to be featured in our biweekly digest?

Submit your "Voice from the Community"

Upcoming Events

2022 Personnel Recovery (PR) Modernization

The 2022 PR IR&D TIM will focus on Air Combat Command’s (ACC’s) all-domain PR and Combat Rescue mission area as it applies to near-peer denied, highly contested, and semi-permissive environments. Moreover, it will include crosscutting…

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience (CIPR)

This year’s CIPR conference will heavily focus on countering the emerging cyber threats to U.S. infrastructure. There will be a panel discussion titled, “How Do We Address the Rapidly Converging Cyber-Physical Security Space?”, as well…

Renewable Energy Summit

The theme of the 2022 event, “All Roads Lead to Clean Energy,” will highlight the convergence of methods, technologies, people, and scale at the intersection of Wisconsin’s energy transformation.   Speakers come from across industry,…

16th Homeland Security Week

This event will cover diverse topics ranging from border security, cybersecurity, counter UAS, intelligence sharing, infrastructure protection and resilience, identity technology, agency collaboration, budget planning, and more. The conference is divided into four tracks:  cyber,…

Energy Progress and Innovation Conference

Breakout sessions for the conference include the following: Beyond Zero Injuries Secrets of Managing Public, Stakeholder, and Agency Coordination on any Project Machining – for the Rest of Us Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage Technology…

2022 Cleantech Forum San Francisco

The 20th Cleantech Forum will discuss topics such as retrofitting urban space, carbon emissions, biodiversity regeneration, and recycling. It will also include multiple tech showcases and networking opportunities. Presenters come from across industry and academia,…

Nuclear Deterrence Summit

Topics include nuclear modernization, nonproliferation and arms control efforts, pit production, warhead refurbishment, and nuclear cybersecurity infrastructure. The 2021 Nuclear Deterrence Summit included speakers from the NNSA, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate,…