Published:  June 15, 2020

Volume 7, Issue 1 of the HDIAC Journal contains articles covering several of HDIAC’s eight technical focus areas (TFAs), including Homeland Defense and Security, Alternative Energy, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Biometrics, and Critical Infrastructure Protection. The first article’s topic is on solar photovoltaic technologies and how their use can contribute to meeting the Operational Energy requirements of the Department of Defense. In the second article, the author provides a timely review of New START, set to expire in less than a year, including the treaty’s limits on the number of nuclear weapons the United States and Russia can have. In the third article, the authors discuss their research into the use of a unique human ability, known as super recognition, to perform facial recognition tasks for security and law enforcement purposes that automation systems can have difficulty in performing. The fourth article looks at the automation spectrum and how understanding it serves as a necessary foundation for developing an artificial intelligence strategy. Our Spring issue concludes with a two-article series on the engineering and development of a critical infrastructure cyber defense capability that builds on the concepts demonstrated as part of the More Situational Awareness for Industrial Control Systems (MOSAICS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD).

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Capitalizing on the Super-Recognition Advantage: A Powerful, but Underutilized, Tool for Policing and National Security Agencies

Capitalizing on the Super-Recognition Advantage: A Powerful, but Underutilized, Tool for Policing and National Security Agencies

Accurate identity judgements are critical in ensuring that suspects can be apprehended by law enforcement and national security agencies, and that identity fraud attacks do not go undetected at border control points. Research has shown…

More Situational Awareness for Industrial Control Systems (MOSAICS): Engineering and Development of a Critical Infrastructure Cyber Defense Capability for Highly Context-Sensitive Dynamic Classes: Part 1 – Engineering

More Situational Awareness for Industrial Control Systems (MOSAICS): Engineering and Development of a Critical Infrastructure Cyber Defense Capability for Highly Context-Sensitive Dynamic Classes: Part 1 – Engineering

There is a Department of Defense (DOD) operational need for cyber defense capabilities to defend critical infrastructure from cyber attack. Critical infrastructure systems, such as power, water and wastewater, and safety controls, affect the physical…

The New START Treaty’s Role in Arms Control and its Future

The New START Treaty’s Role in Arms Control and its Future

This is a pivotal year in the life of the New START Treaty, as 2020 marks the tenth and final year of the treaty, in which the United States and Russia may agree to extend…

A Foundation of Automation for Future Artificial Intelligence Strategy

A Foundation of Automation for Future Artificial Intelligence Strategy

In the 18th century, Europe and the United States (U.S.) saw the beginnings of the first industrial revolution. Textiles, steam power, and machine tools mechanized the production of items that had previously been created by…

More Situational Awareness for Industrial Control Systems (MOSAICS): Engineering and Development of a Critical Infrastructure Cyber Defense Capability for Highly Context-Sensitive Dynamic Classes: Part 1 – Engineering

More Situational Awareness for Industrial Control Systems (MOSAICS): Engineering and Development of a Critical Infrastructure Cyber Defense Capability for Highly Context-Sensitive Dynamic Classes: Part 2 – Development

There is a Department of Defense (DOD) operational need for cyber defense capabilities to defend critical infrastructure from cyber attack. Critical infrastructure systems, such as power, water and wastewater, and safety controls, affect the physical…

Solar Photovoltaic Considerations for Operational and Warfighter Support Capabilities

Solar Photovoltaic Considerations for Operational and Warfighter Support Capabilities

This work highlights the fundamental mechanisms and historical perspective for military PV technology applications and addresses the operational considerations for effectively deploying PV technology. PV materials, structures and architectures have matured into competitive and readily…