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Featured Technical Inquiry

Lithium-Ion Battery Information Request

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) was asked to provide state-of-the-art information on lithium-ion (Li-ion) pouch cell performance for North American manufacturers. The inquirer’s primary interests were the current capabilities of various types of batteries while keeping future technologies in mind. Research was conducted on identifying domestic manufacturers and supply chains and their national and international capabilities. Three domestic companies were found—Enersys, […]

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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.

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Featured News

DoD Aims to Shield Warfighters From Novel Biological Agents

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is modernizing its approach for developing medical countermeasures to protect Warfighters from novel biological agents. This is made clear in a new document, “Approach for Research, Development, and Acquisition of Medical Countermeasures and Test Products,” which was recently published by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense. This office oversees the DoD’s […]

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Recent News

NSWC Crane Leverages Indiana Racing Expertise to Develop Military Hybrid-Electric Vehicle

CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) has leveraged the expertise of Indiana’s racing community to develop a hybrid-electric vehicle for the military. For about eight years, NSWC Crane has led…

New DNA Biosensor Could Unlock Powerful, Low-Cost Clinical Diagnostics

DNA can signal the presence of or predisposition to a slew of diseases, including cancer. The ability to flag down these clues, known as biomarkers, allows medical professionals to make critical early diagnoses and provide…

Metal Alloys to Support Nuclear Fusion Energy

At the end of 2022, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced they had observed a net energy gain through nuclear fusion for the very first time. This monumental milestone toward fusion energy represents a…

USU Researchers Use Therapeutic Peptides to Develop Skin Substitutes for Wound Healing

Our skin acts as a protective barrier against the external environment to prevent infections and fluid losses. Thus, preserving skin integrity is an essential requirement to staying healthy. When large regions of skin are damaged…

DTRA and Penn State IIRM-URA to Host Sea Air and Land Challenge in Spring 2023

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) will kick off its annual Sea Air and Land (SeAL) challenge in early spring 2023. This event challenges middle and high school-aged student team’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)…

Sandia Work at the Heart of Next Generation Nuclear Reactor

LIVERMORE, Calif. — A team of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) researchers working on the reactor at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility is testing materials to make the next generation of fusion reactors, in the quest…

Upcoming Events

Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium

The 11th Annual Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium will convene senior-level experts from key organizations across the government and military for a ‘Town-Hall’ type forum to discuss continued efforts and initiatives of the chemical,…

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…

Radiation Emergency Medicine Training Course

The three-day Radiation Emergency Medicine course, presented by REAC/TS as part of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, emphasizes the practical aspects of initial management of irradiated and/or contaminated patients through lectures and…

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience 2023

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience North America will take place March 7-9 in Baton Rouge, LA. Session topics will include: CI Interdependencies and Cascading Effects in Community Situational Awareness Emerging Threats Against CI Crisis Management,…

Nuclear Deterrence 2023

The 15th Annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit brings together industry experts involved in the field of nuclear deterrence to discuss the management of the nuclear complex, the security of the stockpile, arms control negotiations, and strategic…

Intersolar North America

This event is colocated with Energy Storage North America. Both events are dedicated to accelerating the energy transition—a goal that will only be possible through critical growth, optimization, and integration of solar, storage, and EV…