Homeland Defense & Security Digest

30 NOVEMBER 2021

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

Jeremy Prout

Security Director, Americas, International SOS

As Security Director, Americas for International SOS, Jeremy is responsible for providing security assistance and support for organizations throughout the globe. He has an extensive background in crisis management and overseas security operations and has supported International SOS clients through a number of crises, including leading evacuation and assistance efforts for natural disasters, throughout the Americas regions. Prior to joining International SOS, Jeremy served as a security manager for several premier organizations. He
served 6 years as a Marine Corps Officer, specializing in overseas security, training, and risk management.

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Featured News

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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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U.S. Army Lab Technicians Train Together With Allied Medical Professionals in Germany

MUNICH, Germany – American soldiers from a one-of-a-kind mobile laboratory command trained with German and Tunisian military medical professionals at the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology in Munich, Germany. During a week-long training session, soldiers from…

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NIST’s Heart-on-a-Chip: A Microfluidic Marvel Shaping the Future of Cardiovascular Research

In a major step forward in drug development, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a tool for building a system known as heart-on-a-chip (HoC). This technology seeks to address…

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Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy Successfully Demonstrate Aegis Weapon System Capabilities Against Advanced Countermeasure Missile Target

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy successfully executed Flight Test Other-23 (FTX-23) or Stellar Sisyphus, a two-part developmental test of sensor tracking and communications link capabilities. Conducted off the coast of the Pacific…

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Tough on Chemicals, Gentle on Gear

Newly developed synthetic polymer enzymes may provide an effective alternative to harsh chemical warfare agent (CWA) decontaminants for Joint Force equipment, such as motor vehicles and unmanned sensors. After military equipment is contaminated with CWAs,…

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DoD Launches Distributed Bioindustrial Manufacturing Program to Bolster Domestic Supply Chains

The Department of Defense announced new opportunities for American businesses to advance biotechnology as part of President Biden’s efforts to strengthen and build the resiliency of America’s defense industrial base and secure its supply chains….

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CSC2 Moves Full Speed Ahead on the Software Acquisition Pathway

Do you drive in a vehicle that has blind-spot warning indicators, adaptive cruise control, or backup cameras? Do you wear a smart watch or use a smartphone that integrates your entertainment, scheduling, location sharing, and…

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Using a “Roadmap” to Chart the Future of Maritime Security

The United States, a maritime nation surrounded by 95,000 miles of shoreline, faces unique and evolving threats to its maritime space. Whether due to changes in economics, geopolitics, society, demography, or other factors, protecting our…

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This event will explore the continued efforts of the CBRN community to advance the defense, readiness, and response to current and emerging chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats.  The 2024 symposium will aim to…

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