Published:  September 12, 2016

This issue of the HDIAC Journal touches on most of HDIAC’s eight focus areas. The first of four articles looks at utilizing nanomaterials in electrical energy storage applications, while the second alternative energy article focuses on portable wind power. The third article discusses biometric advances in smart gun technology and the final article helps readers understand the effects of enhanced radiation weapons or salted devices. In addition, this issue of the Journal contains three Innovation Highlights in the CBRN, homeland defense, and medical focus areas.

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Understanding the Effects of ERWs and Salted Devices

Understanding the Effects of ERWs and Salted Devices

Introduction In most atomic weapons, neutrons generated during the fission process are intended to trigger further fission events, thus increasing the total energy yield (blast, thermal and prompt radiation) of the device before it disassembles….

Portable Wind Power

Introduction Deployed U.S. military combatants carry out some of the most grueling and dangerous forward reconnaissance missions. In recent years, these troops have grown to rely heavily on battery-powered portable devices to fulfill operational needs,…

Nanomaterials in Electrical Energy Storage Applications

Introduction Two-dimensional nanomaterials, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides, have tremendous potential to broaden the range of materials used by the Department of Defense. In particular, they are very useful in electrical energy storage…

Message from the Director: Better Buying Power 3.0

Each year the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center partners with academic, industry and government organizations to research, develop and produce two state of the art reports. These SOARs highlight emerging trends in HDIAC’s…

Smart Gun Technology

Introduction From Judge Dredd to James Bond, until recently much of the world believed smart guns or personalized guns were a thing of science fiction. The earliest smart gun research and development, however, occurred almost…

Using Nanoparticles to Treat Phosgene Exposure

Using Nanoparticles to Treat Phosgene Exposure

Phosgene is a highly toxic choking gas that primarily injures an individual via the respiratory tract, e.g. the nose, throat, and particularly, the lungs. [1] Inhalation of phosgene results in a latent (up to 48…

Liquid Metal: Stretchable, Soft, and Shape Reconfigurable Electronics

Military communication and electronic equipment needs to be sophisticated and adaptable. Researchers at North Carolina State University are working with the liquid alloys of gallium to develop shape-changing antennas, which could benefit military operations by…

Aircraft Decontamination-The Unique Challenges of Decontaminating Sensitive Equipment

Aircraft are extremely expensive and sensitive assets, critical for both defense and transportation. Chemical products used on an aircraft must meet strict materials compatibility requirements to ensure they do not degrade, shorten the life expectancy…