Published:  March 13, 2015

In the final issue of Volume 1 of the HDIAC Journal, we will examine key elements of homeland defense, as it relates to security, critical infrastructure, medical and cultural studies. The first article details advances in trace detection of explosives. As new and previously undetectable explosives are more readily accessible, the U.S. must understand the necessity for increasing security at airports and other entry points to identify these evolving threats. In the second article, we outline and discuss the role of the DoD in the critical infrastructure protection of the Defense Industrial Base. The medical article summarizes the current Ebola outbreak and presents an analysis performed by Ascel Bio regarding key developments. Lastly, we provide a discussion from the first-person perspective regarding the role of cultural studies in aiding and shaping military plans and strategies.

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Production of B-24 Liberators at Ford plant in Detroit, MI. (Understanding Capitalism Part V: Evolution of the American Economy. Price, R.G., March 15, 2013/Released)

A Primer on the Defense Industrial Base

This is the third in a series of articles for the Homeland Defense and Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) describing the fundamental directives and charters that provide our strategy for Homeland Defense and Security, as well…

Army Social Science Lessons for Homeland Defense Planning and Operations

I was the first anthropologist on a Human Terrain Team (HTT) to arrive in Iraq and contribute to an understanding of the social and cultural considerations that impact Army strategy, plans and operations. Shortly after…


Ebola Hemmorhagic Fever (Ebola HF) or Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a severe and often fatal viral hemorrhagic fever disease of humans and other primates. Case fatality rates vary from 50 to 90 percent in…

Advances in Explosive Trace Detection Technology

July 2014 saw the widespread reporting of new explosives developed by radical extremist groups to target commercial aviation. Most significantly, this plot was based around a ‘new’ explosive that extremist groups claimed was undetectable to…