Homeland Defense & Security Digest

3 MAY 2022

Featured 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 a sub-threshold dioxin and furan […]

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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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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 of collaboration between the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, or […]

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