Homeland Defense & Security Digest

21 DECEMBER 2021

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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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HDIAC to Host Virtual DART and UASPD Training

After the success of our Drone Assessment and Response Tactics (DART) and Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Development (UASPD) training held last April, HDIAC is pleased to announce a VIRTUAL and FREE DART/UASPD course. This course will be held online from October 4-5, 2022. For course details and to register for the course, please go to https://hdiac.org/events/dart-uaspd-ii/.

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Upcoming Events

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