Homeland Defense & Security Digest

21 DECEMBER 2021

Featured Technical Inquiry

Reusable Protective Face Masks With Antimicrobial Copper Mesh-Based Filters

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked about the development of tactical and surgical/medical reusable face masks that use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved copper mesh antimicrobial filters. DSIAC coordinated with the developer to obtain references on the effectiveness of the copper mesh, determine an estimate of production capability, and produce a white paper. DSIAC researched recent developments involving the use of copper and […]

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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.

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Featured News

PC22 Experiments With New Medical Technology for the Battlefield

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — A buzz could be heard as a medical supply drone known as Project Crimson flew overhead to drop off packages of crucial medical field supplies to medics assisting wounded warriors. As the supplies hit the ground, a medic rushed to retrieve the packages, as many of the other medical warriors kept applying field aid to their Soldier counterparts. The mass casualty […]

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Upcoming Events

Cleantech Forum North America

Cleantech Forum North America will be back in Palm Springs, CA, at the same venue as 2022, on January 23-25, 2023. The theme “From Commitments to Actions:  The Sprint to Net Zero Is On” will…

Counter UAS Technology

With the establishment of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO), there is now a drive across the U.S. Armed Forces to have a comprehensive and centralized approach to…

Law Enforcement Homeland Security Forum & Tech Expo

This classified forum will feature keynote speakers, presentations, panel discussions, and case studies on topics germane to federal law enforcement, homeland security, intelligence, and broader national security communities. The forum agenda will feature the following…