Homeland Defense & Security Digest

3 MAY 2022

Featured Technical Inquiry

Effectiveness of Electrostatic Sprayers in Cleaning Touch Surfaces

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center was asked to identify if cleaning chemicals applied by electrostatic sprayers are effective at sanitizing touch surfaces. COVID-19 has highlighted the need for innovative sanitation methods for touch surfaces. Electrostatic sprayers that apply charged cleaning solutions to various surfaces have been identified as potential solutions for large-area decontamination. The concept is that the charged spray droplets will adhere to […]

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Voice from the Community

John Saindon, Ph.D., MT

Senior Emergency Public Health Responder and Biological Threat Reduction SME

Dr. Saindon is a senior emergency public health responder and a biological threat reduction subject matter expert (SME) in the U.S. Army Reserves, with nearly 20 years of domestic and international experience. He is also a registered clinical laboratory scientist (medical technologist) from George Washington University. His public health focus areas include laboratory systems, surveillance, vaccination campaigns, points of entries, and emergency preparedness and response. He deployed multiple times to Liberia during the West Africa Ebola Virus, DR Congo during the Ebola Virus, USA during COVID-19, and Uganda during the EVD preparedness response. He also supported refugee health for the Afghanistan population in Operation Allies Welcome. Dr. Saindon is a human rights and vaccine advocate, focusing on vulnerable populations.

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Featured News

United States Government National Standards Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology

Strength in standards development has been instrumental to the United States’ global technological leadership. Standards development underpins economic prosperity across the country and fortifies U.S. leadership in the industries of the future at the same time. Bolstering U.S. engagement in standards for critical and emerging technology spaces will strengthen U.S. economic and national security. The U.S. government has long engaged in these standards development processes […]

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Recent News

Arctic Angels Put Freeze-Dried Plasma to the Test

Team members with U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity participated in an arctic conditions assessment of its Freeze-Dried Plasma (FDP) program recently, partnering with the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Wainwright, Alaska to assess performance…

Reimagining Gunshot Detection for Enhanced Community Safety

New and improved gunshot detection technology will soon make American communities of all sizes safer. The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and its industry partner Shooter Detection Systems (SDS) developed SDS Outdoor, a gunshot detection system that builds…

ERDC-CERL Helps Develop Novel Disaster Relief Vehicle

Researchers with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) recently collaborated with government and industry partners to develop a new way to offer relief in a time of…

DoD Investing in Wearable Technology That Could Rapidly Predict Disease

The Defense Innovation Unit, also known as DIU, in partnership with the private sector, has developed a wearable device that was highly successful during the COVID-19 pandemic in identifying infections. “The Defense Department is looking…

BARDA Support Protects Against Drug-Resistant Threats

Antimicrobial products play a critical role in improving healthcare outcomes while also ensuring that the nation is prepared to respond to public health emergencies, including both naturally occurring and man-made biothreats. Drug-resistant bacteria and fungi…

DoD Leaders Observe “Nearly Invisible” CWMD Training Mission

FORT STORY, Virginia – A highly specialized team from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) trained Special Operations Forces during a countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) scenario with an almost-impossible task:  to operate completely…

National Defense Science & Technology Strategy 2023

As the 2022 National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy (NDS) make clear, the United States is in the midst of a decisive decade where the terms of geopolitical competition between the world’s major powers…

Upcoming Events

Materials in Nuclear Energy Systems (MiNES 2023)

Join us in person in beautiful New Orleans for the third installment of Materials in Nuclear Energy Systems, MiNES, to focus on research in the fission reactor materials community. The MiNES conference series grew out…

Micro Radiation Emergency Medicine (MicroREM)

REAC/TS course teaches treatment and care of patients involved in radiological or nuclear incidents. This virtual course is an abridged version of REAC/TS’s Radiation Emergency Medicine (REM) class. It focuses on the fundamentals of medical…

Mixed-Hazardous Waste Consequence Management Event | Real-Time Tabletop Exercise

Overview This training event is a three-day, in-person tabletop exercise (TTX) hosted by the Homeland Defense & Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC). Day 1 will provide a detailed background briefing on the scenario and presentations…