& Security Digest

27 FEBRUARY 2024

HDIAC collects and publishes articles related to our technical focus areas on the web to share with the DoD community.


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New System Seeks to Upgrade Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robots, Aid Technicians

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO (AFRL) — A new system seeks to aid explosive ordnance disposal, or EOD, technicians by adding a simple and inexpensive system to improve depth detection while controlling disposal robots to manage counter-improvised explosive device, or C-IED, operations. The system, which increases precision and safety for EOD personnel, is the product…


Featured Notable Technical Inquiry

Memory Effect Mitigation of an Incinerator’s Pollution Abatement System

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) was asked to provide information on the removal of the “memory effect” from an incinerator’s pollution abatement system after it becomes contaminated with dioxins and furans. The overarching objective is to eliminate dioxin and furan emissions. However, a realistic goal will be centered on finding the most cost-effective capabilities for maintaining sub-threshold dioxin and furan emission…

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HDIAC hosts live online technical presentations featuring a DoD research and engineering topic within our technical focus areas.



Novel Nuclear Forensics for the 21st Century

This work will demonstrate how ubiquitous radiological characterization can take place throughout all nuclear facilities for all nuclear material (even those facilities the United States does not know exist). The presentation will detail how this technology is passively integrated into current and future nuclear facilities. The fundamental physics utilized for such grandiose claims are thermoluminescence,…



Joint Air Survivability Summit 2024

The 2024 Joint Air Survivability Summit will highlight key threats posed to aerial platforms from adversaries and the innovative technologies or strategies, which may be used to counter them. At this forum, senior-level speakers will…

The 2024 FAA Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Symposium

Previously two separate events, the 2024 Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Drone and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Symposium is the first time both communities are connected to discuss safety and emerging technologies for our shared skies….

Public Health in a Migrant Crisis Tabletop Exercise

THIS IS AN IN-PERSON, COLLABORATIVE EVENT.   In 2022, there were over 100 million displaced persons globally, a number that only continues to grow. Because one region’s instability bleeds into its surrounding areas, it is all…

National Homeland Security Conference 2024

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

17th International Detonation Symposium

The International Detonation Symposium started in 1951 and was originally a Navy-sponsored discussion of about 17 papers. In subsequent years, it has been sponsored by U.S. Department of Defense and Energy labs and has grown…

Voice From the Community

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Kirby Wedekind

Supervisory Protective Security Advisor

Kirby Wedekind serves in the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency as a supervisory protective security advisor for northeast Florida, where he collaborates with the local critical infrastructure community to reinforce cybersecurity, physical security, and resilience initiatives. Current priorities include countering foreign malign influence, advocating for secure-by-design principles, and supporting security efforts within the energy, water and wastewater, transportation, communication, and information technology sectors as well as companies developing next generation and emerging technology.

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