Published:  April 12, 2017

This issue of the HDIAC Journal provides readers insight on five of HDIAC’s eight focus areas. First, the alternative energy article discusses the need for alternatives to petroleum-based fuels to reduce the DoD’s petroleum consumption. Then, in CBRN, readers will learn about laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy’s use in detecting and identifying contaminated material. In CIP, emerging smarter camera solutions are offering a range of strategic and tactical benefits. Within HDS, articles look at responding to emergencies that create a continuous hazard to responders as well as the risks and impacts of emerging technologies. And, finally, in the medical field, researchers are working on developing therapeutics against viral infections caused by bioterror pathogens as well as new approaches to assessing and treating battlefield wounds.

In This Issue

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Smarter Cameras with Edge Analytics

Applying analytic technology at the point of video surveillance capture offers a range of strategic and tactical benefits. Emerging smarter camera solutions built on this premise have the potential to save both time and money…

LIBS Provides Potential Antidote to Increasingly Dangerous Prospects of Chemical or Biological Warfare

Keeping technology one step ahead of the bad guys is an important mission of the U.S. government, and an important prospective tool in that fight is laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, or LIBS. Consider the following scenario:…

The Next Generation of Biofuels for the U.S. Military

The United States Department of Defense is committed to reducing its petroleum energy consumption in an effort to decrease its reliance on foreign oil and the volatile markets that supply it. Title 10 of the…

Host-Oriented Therapeutics as an Innovative Countermeasure Against Ebola & Other Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses

Our research objective is to develop novel small molecule, broad-spectrum therapeutics against viral infections caused by high priority, bioterror pathogens, including filoviruses and arenaviruses. Currently, there are no Food and Drug Administration approved products to…

Secondary Earthquakes – New Madrid Seismic Zone: Response During an Ongoing Emergency

There are emergencies we respond to that have relatively short duration with potentially high consequence. For example, tornadoes are over in minutes. A nuclear weapon burst would be over in seconds, and in a matter…

A Novel Approach to Battlefield Wound Assessment & Treatment for Forward Surgical Teams

As warfare technology has progressed to more sophisticated and deadly tactics, the prevalence and severity of traumatic injury have increased. During Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, 78 percent of wounds sustained in combat…

New Technologies New Risks

Introduction Technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that it is becoming increasingly difficult to assess the safety and efficacy of each technology before implementation. Furthermore, regulatory oversight and the law, which traditionally lag…