Homeland Defense & Security Digest


Featured Technical Inquiry

Agricultural Security Risks

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) received a technical inquiry regarding the security of agricultural technology used within the United States. Many technologies are emerging for widespread use in the agricultural sector. This includes unmanned aerial systems capable of monitoring crops and applying pesticides, remotely controlled and Global Positioning System-enabled farm equipment, animal health diagnostic devices, and weather and soil sensors. The […]

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Joel Hewitt

Voice from the Community

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

DHS S&T Awards $259M to Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Threats

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $259,831,989.00 to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) to assist in the acquisition of technical services, in support of S&T’s counter-unmanned system threats (C-UST) efforts.

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Recent News

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Using Breath Samples

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test that detects chemical compounds in breath samples associated with a SARS-CoV-2 infection. The test can be…

Spark Tank Idea Comes to Life Through AFRL Engineers

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) —   Imagine a kitchen without a countertop or a garage without a space for its tools and nothing but the floor as a workspace. This is how Ground…

What to Do With Your Old Phone? INL’s E-RECOV Might Have the Answer

People rely on electronics, and that reliance will only grow in the coming years. As the newest gadgets prompt us to dispose of our old ones, we unwittingly become contributors to a major conundrum for…

A New Energy Storage System Can Store Solar Power for Nearly Two Decades

A new technology developed at Chalmers University in Sweden, the Molecular Solar Thermal (MOST) system, has the ability to produce electricity on demand. Right now, the research team believes the system could be used to…

Assessing the Quality of Outpatient Pain Care and Opioid Prescribing in the Military Health System

Pain conditions are the leading cause of disability among active-duty service members. Given the significant implications for force readiness and service member well-being, the Military Health System (MHS) has made it a strategic priority to…

Pivotal Battery Discovery Could Impact Transportation and the Grid

Battery-powered vehicles have made a significant dent in the transportation market. But that market still needs lower-cost batteries that can power vehicles for greater ranges. Also desirable are low-cost batteries able to store on the…

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Upcoming Events

Biotechnology and Resilient Human Systems Workshop

This two-day event will feature sessions highlighting critical national needs and state-of-the-art research and development aimed at building resilience to emerging chemical and biological threats and naturally occurring disease outbreaks. The four sessions include Advanced…

Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) and Expo

Highlights of the 2022 JETC will include over 70 hours of education and training sessions, keynote speakers, a myriad of networking activities, an exhibit hall, and opportunities to connect with decision-makers throughout industry and government….

Health Innovation Summit

This summit will provide government, industry, academia, and the healthcare system, as a whole, with a future view on healthcare transformation that includes new emerging technologies and innovation, overcoming existing obstacles to include the prevalence…

DoD/VA & Government Health IT Summit

The Spring 2022 Department of Defense (DoD)/Veteran’s Administration (VA) & Government Health Information Technology (IT) Summit is designed as a non-partisan, educational, and training “Town-Hall-style” summit that offers a full-spectrum view toward the DoD, VA,…


CLEANPOWER 2022 brings together policy leaders, industry experts, and major players for a week of learning, networking, and innovation. CLEANPOWER’s mission is to not only bring together the different technologies that make up the renewables…

Law Enforcement and Public Safety (LEAPS) Technology Forum

Join AFCEA Bethesda for the 14th annual LEAPS Technology Forum The LEAPS Technology Forum provides an interactive environment in which government and industry stakeholders share ideas and experiences on how law enforcement and public safety…

11th Symposium on CBRNE Threats

The NBC 2022 symposium on CBRNE threats provides an interdisciplinary forum for sharing the latest information between scientists, industry representatives, and authorities. NBC 2021, which has become NBC 2022, will take place in the Sibelius…