Homeland Defense & Security Digest

28 SEPTEMBER 2021

Featured Technical Inquiry

Hydrogels in Biomedical Applications

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center recently conducted research and analysis on possible DoD applications for CS-GAG hydrogels. Background CS-GAG hydrogels are a modification of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA, found naturally in the human body, is produced in the plasma membrane of vertebrate cells [1]. HA hydrogels have been used successfully in cell delivery and many other biomedical applications [2]. Modification of natural […]

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Joel Hewitt

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Joel Hewitt

DoD IAC Research Analyst

I am delighted to be back working to advance the DoD IAC mission. I supported the HDIAC Basic Center of Operations from 2017 to 2019, where I also served as research lead on two Specialized Task Orders for the U.S. Special Operations Command and the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center. Prior to my HDIAC work, I served as a consultant and researcher in the
energy space and as a policy analyst for the National Commission on the BP Oil Spill. In my spare time, I am co-authoring an  cademic history of the offshore oil and gas program in the United States.

Featured News

NSF Supports Infrastructure-Focused Research Projects Grounded in Behavioral and Social Science

The U.S. National Science Foundation is supporting more than 20 exploratory research projects examining the interactions of people and society with physical and digital infrastructure. Through NSF’s Strengthening American Infrastructure initiative, researchers will investigate a variety of areas — from bridges and electrical grids to online education — with the shared goal of producing fundamental scientific knowledge that can be used to make current and […]

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The Construction of Basketball Training System Based on Motion Capture Technology

Motion capture is a cross-cutting application field developed in recent years, which comprises electronics, communications, control, computer graphics, ergonomics, navigation, and other disciplines. The accurate application of basketball technical movements in the basketball game is…

NIH BRAIN Initiative Unveils Detailed Atlas of the Mammalian Primary Motor Cortex

The NIH Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN​) Initiative Cell Census Network (BICCN) has unveiled an atlas of cell types and an anatomical neuronal wiring diagram for the mammalian primary motor cortex, derived from detailed studies of mice,…

National Laboratory Partners With Arizona Company to Use Nuclear Energy for Clean Hydrogen Production

Idaho National Laboratory will partner with the country’s largest commercial nuclear energy facility to bring the nation one step closer to a carbon-free future. PNW Hydrogen, LLC has been selected to receive federal funding to…

Army Researchers Apply AI/ML in Pursuit of Solutions for Soldiers

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD – The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (DEVCOM CBC) is internally funding five new artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) seed projects this year. These projects all have the…

Insidious Scourge Critical Infrastructure at Biological Risk

The report “Insidious Scourge: Critical Infrastructure at Biological Risk” by “The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense” outlines how vulnerable the current U.S. critical infrastructure is to biological threats. They use input from the issues presented in…

3-D Printable Thermoelectric Ink Turns Car Exhaust Pipes Into Power Generators

A research team from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Korea has researched a new approach to convert energy that was previously considered “waste” in almost every industrial or automotive setting into…

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