Published:  June 12, 2017

This issue of the HDIAC Journal provides readers insight on four of HDIAC’s eight focus areas. First, the Alternative Energy article discusses DoD applications of wearable thermoelectric generators powered by body heat. Next, in Biometrics, readers will learn about creating facial renderings from DNA samples. The Medical article outlines methods to improve warfighter cognitive performance. In WMD, we review nanotechnology’s potential role in a new arms race. The final article, also in WMD, outlines how the Global Navigation Satellite System could be used to detect large-scale explosions.

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Wearable Thermoelectric Generators Powered by Body Heat

Wearable thermoelectric module manufacturing is an emerging field with applications including self-powered wearable electronics, self-powered health and performance monitoring devices, and self-powered sensors and communications equipment. Overview Thermoelectric generator (TEG) devices have emerged as viable…

Improving Cognitive Performance in Aviation & Other Military Applications

Background Optimal cognitive performance is critical to warfighter success. Methods to improve cognitive performance could enhance decision making, improve perception and even decrease deadly aviation accidents. [1,2] The Army, Air Force and Naval Research Laboratories…

Creating a Face from a DNA Sample

The Department of Defense (DoD) continually seeks new and emerging methods to improve biometrics for enhanced security and identification. Biometric facial recognition technology analyzes collected information and establishes unique facial characteristics to compare against watch…

Nanotechnology & the New Arms Race

Background The 100th anniversary of the day the United States entered into World War I is a good time to evaluate how the scientific enterprise is often used to develop technologies that find their way…

Detection of Large Scale Man-Made Explosions by the Global Navigation Satellite System

As the U.S. military stands prepared to respond to emerging threats and remains deployed throughout the world, our adversaries are employing sophisticated capabilities, including testing nuclear weapons, utilizing chemical weapons and deploying stronger and more…