Homeland Defense & Security Digest

6 SEPTEMBER 2022

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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Richard Winegar, Ph.D

Chief Scientist, MRIGlobal

Richard Winegar’s work has contributed to national security and areas in genomics, such as whole genome sequencing and reference capability, and diagnostic assays for biothreat agents and radiation exposure. Previously, he helped develop and validate methods to analyze evidence related to the 2001 anthrax letters investigation for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has served as principal investigator for many U.S. government and commercial clients. He characterized genetic damage induced by heavy-ion particle radiation for NASA and used PCR to determine tissue distribution in mice of an adenovirusbased, antimelanoma vaccine for NCI. More recently, he played a role in developing rapid diagnostics, testing therapeutics, and performing genomic analysis to better understand the emergence and significance of COVID-19 variant strains.

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Featured News

Electromagnetic Pulse Shielding Mitigations: Best Practices for Protection of Mission-Critical Equipment

The civilian critical infrastructure (CI) within the United States faces threats from manmade electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks and natural EMPs caused by major solar storms. As described in Executive Order (EO) 13865, Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses (March 26, 2019), “An EMP event has the potential to disrupt, degrade, and damage technology and critical infrastructure systems.” Public awareness of manmade EMPs began on July […]

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Recent News

Electric Vehicle Battery Models Inform Crash Simulation Evaluations to Improve Real-World Safety, Reliability

Across the United States, drivers rely on passenger vehicles to travel over 3.2 trillion miles each year. Vehicle safety during those trips is presumed and crucial to building trust between automobile manufacturers and consumers. As…

Harnessing the Power of Science and Technology Communities for Crisis Response

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Nation’s First Security-Focused, 5G Wireless Test Range Opens in Idaho

Researchers in Idaho have opened the nation’s first open-air, 5G wireless test range focused exclusively on security testing, training, and technology development. Located across the U.S. Department of Energy’s 890-square mile Idaho National Laboratory site,…

Comments Sought on Working Draft of ISO Face Biometrics Fairness Testing Standard

The International Standards Organization (ISO) has approved a working draft of ISO 19795-10. This standard seeks to inform testing of facial recognition around the globe and address the problem of bias in facial recognition systems.

S&T Launches New Training Guideline for Detection Canine Teams

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a new interactive training tool for handlers and trainers of explosive detection canines to upgrade their capabilities to Person-Borne Explosives Detection…

Rapid Opioid Countermeasure System Product Team Wins 2022 Military Health System Research Symposium Award for Outstanding Program Management Team

FORT DETRICK, Md. – The Joint Project Manager for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Medical (JPM CBRN Medical) Rapid Opioid Countermeasure System (ROCS) product team was selected to receive the 2022 MHSRS award for Outstanding…

Upcoming Events

Counter UAS Technology

With the establishment of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO), there is now a drive across the U.S. Armed Forces to have a comprehensive and centralized approach to…

CBRNe Convergence 2022

Set in downtown Boston, a short walk from historic Fenway Park, the 15th Annual CBRNe Convergence will feature over 70 stands from all CBRNE elements, 40 speakers from federal, state, local, and international agencies, and…

Drone Assessment and Response Tactics (DART) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Development (UASPD) Training Courses

UPDATE: Registration Is now closed. OVERVIEW HDIAC is proud to host these VIRTUAL classes at the Drone Assessment and Response Tactics (DART) & Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Development (UASPD) two-day training course. There is no…

6th Oman Fire, Safety, and Security Event

OFSEC 2022 will bring together local and international participants who will showcase their avant-garde solutions, specific transverse and latest technologies, cutting-edge innovations, and cost-effective products and services to meet the requirements of governments, businesses, industrial…

Law Enforcement Homeland Security Forum & Tech Expo

This classified forum will feature keynote speakers, presentations, panel discussions, and case studies on topics germane to federal law enforcement, homeland security, intelligence, and broader national security communities. The forum agenda will feature the following…