Homeland Defense & Security Digest

21 DECEMBER 2021

Featured Technical Inquiry

Respiratory Protection for Military and Law Enforcement Professionals

1.0 TI Response Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center staff searched open sources and reached out to various contacts at federal regulatory establishments for any information regarding the standards in respiratory protection for law enforcement and military personnel. Depending on the jurisdiction of the agency, the following regulations were found: • 29 CFR part 1910.134 [1], “Respiratory Protection,” released by the Occupational Safety 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

DoD Officials Testify About Homeland Defense Before House Panel

When Army Gen. Henry Knox became the nation’s first secretary of war in 1789, the primary mission of the War Department was simple:  Defend the United States of America. That is still the priority mission for Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III today, but the complexity has obviously increased, and the threats have multiplied. Competitors are trying to take advantage of gaps in protection […]

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Recent News

NRC Authorizes Restart of NIST Research Reactor

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has received authorization from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to restart its research reactor. The NIST Center for Neutron Research…

Protect and Defend Valuable Assets with ERDC Semi-Permanent Structures and Technologies

As our society becomes increasingly globalized, there is a growing need to establish and maintain semi-permanent structures in far-flung areas. Whether missions and enterprises are conducted on unfamiliar U.S. soil or on the other side…

BARDA Announces the 68th FDA Approval/Licensure/Clearance for Medical Countermeasures Supported by BARDA Under Novel Public Private Partnerships

At BARDA, we are excited about the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the first assay panel for use with the Selux Next Generation Phenotyping (NGP) System, from our partner Selux…

Department of Energy Launches Prize to Strengthen Microelectronic Supply Chains Through Microbattery Design and Commercialization

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of the Microbattery Design Prize. This two-stage competition will award up to $1.1 million in federal funding and performance and safety testing services with DOE national…

EPA Takes Action to Improve Cybersecurity Resilience for Public Water Systems

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a memorandum stressing the need for states to assess cybersecurity risk at drinking water systems to protect our public drinking water. While some public water…

DHS Announces Results of 2022 Biometric Technology Rally

WASHINGTON – On February 23, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) published the results of the 2022 Biometric Technology Rally (2022 Rally). The Rally challenges industry to develop faster,…

Upcoming Events

National Fire Control Symposium 2023

The National Fire Control Symposium (NFCS) is a triservice-supported event with technical program lead advisory rotating among the Services. The U.S. Army will provide lead technical advisorship for the April 2023 event in its 29th…

Micro Radiation Emergency Medicine (MicroREM)

This virtual course is an abridged version of REAC/TS’ Radiation Emergency Medicine (REM) class. It focuses on the fundamentals of medical care and management of patients involved in radiological or nuclear incidents. Topics include basic…

Mixed-Hazardous Waste Consequence Management Event | Real-Time Tabletop Exercise

Overview This training event is a three-day, in-person tabletop exercise (TTX) hosted by the Homeland Defense & Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC). Day 1 will provide a detailed background briefing on the scenario and presentations…