Published:  June 12, 2016

This issue of the HDIAC Journal hits each of our eight focus areas. The first of four articles looks at the potential for partial hybridization of military power applications. The next article proposes a biometric smartphone application to use in disaster situations. Then, one author discusses the psychology behind ISIL’s use of graphic images in the media. The final article explores the applications of nanotechnology in military medicine. In addition, the Journal contains four Innovation Highlights containing novel research and developments.

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The Role of Medical Mannequins in Battlefield Death Prevention

The Role of Medical Mannequins in Battlefield Death Prevention

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center received a request for technical information and analysis on emerging technologies, challenges and solutions in simulation and medical mannequin training to reduce preventable battlefield deaths due to…

Rapid Response: Quick, Accurate Identification of Biological Pathogens

Rapid Response: Quick, Accurate Identification of Biological Pathogens

The Department of Defense operates worldwide, including in remote and austere environments without access to modern medical facilities. The task of diagnosing and caring for sick and injured soldiers on the battlefield, especially in isolated…

Partial Hybridization for Military Power Applications

Partial Hybridization for Military Power Applications

The U.S. Department of Defense is a significant consumer of petroleum fuel. In Fiscal Year 2014, the DoD consumed 87.4 million barrels of fuel. [1] “This fuel supported operations in Afghanistan, Africa, and Iraq, as…

Leveraging Smartphones & Biometrics in Disaster

Leveraging Smartphones & Biometrics in Disaster

Introduction How ready is the government for the aftermath of natural disasters or terrorist attacks? While significant work is underway to prevent, deter and respond to the initial event, less emphasis is placed on managing…

Disaster Prevention for Nuclear Power Plants

Disaster Prevention for Nuclear Power Plants

On the morning of April 28, 1986, the alarm sounded at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant, about an hour north of Stockholm, Sweden. The plant chemist, Cliff Robinson, had just finished breakfast and was returning…

Applications of Nanotechnology in Military Medicine: From the Battlefield to the Hospital and Beyond

It is not enough for a nation to have a strong military force.  It is equally important to ensure that the fighting force has the best possible medical equipment and techniques before, during, and after…

Real-Time Biological Target Detection in Operation Environments by Dogs

The Need Dogs are a deployable and mobile sensor that can be used in a wide variety of environmental conditions and operational settings, humanitarian assistance, stability operations, natural disasters, and other emergency response needs by…

The Psychology Behind ISIL’s Media Usage

Introduction The 21st century brought with it a democratization of media production and distribution. The ability to capture events on video and distribute them to mass audiences was once limited by news reporters’ proximity to…

Identifying CBRN Agents to Stop Disease in its Tracks

Consider the work of a military medic in the field when a warfighter comes on sick call complaining of a sore throat, cough or fever. Aside from suggesting an analgesic and fluids, should the medic…

Decontaminants: Protecting the Warfighter Against Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents

Effective decontamination technology is an ongoing need for the Department of Defense as crude weapons utilizing biological and chemical payloads are readily fashioned from non-military technology. Despite global restrictions on the production and stockpiling of…