Published:  December 12, 2016

This issue of the HDIAC Journal touches on seven of HDIAC’s focus areas. In alternative energy and biometrics, articles look at new ways to power individual warfighter and explore video analytics. Then, in CBRN and critical infrastructure protection, authors discuss how to engage neuroscience in defense operations and securing and defending the U.S. food infrastructure. Next, in homeland defense and security, scientists are trying to reduce the battery costs of battlefield situational awareness. On the medical front, scientists are researching treatments for MRSA as well as how sleep impacts performance and post traumatic stress disorder. Finally, the article in the weapons of mass destruction focus area discusses nuclear weapons effects predictions for ground shock and target response.

In This Issue

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Restful Sleep for Optimum Performance and Reduction of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The truth about restful sleep and performance is non-intuitive. In fact, many performance oriented athletes, scientists and the military still consider high performance directly related to stimulation – not relaxation enhanced, effective restful sleep. [1,2,3]…

Nuclear Weapons Effects Predictions for Ground Shock & Target Response

Strategic Nuclear Forces are the backbone of U.S. nuclear deterrence strategy and undoubtedly will remain so over the long term. However, there is an ongoing national security need to enhance nuclear test monitoring capabilities. Nuclear…

Keeping You Safe Via Video Analytics

Protecting critical infrastructure in today’s threat-rich environment requires a portfolio of sophisticated solutions. Threats of all types jeopardize the nation’s security and continually evolve in complexity. In 2010, as the Arab Spring spread across the…

Message from the Director: Better Buying Power 3.0

Each year the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center partners with academic, industry and government organizations to research, develop and produce two state of the art reports. These SOARs highlight emerging trends in HDIAC’s…

Using Old Technologies in New Ways to Power the Individual Warfighter

Introduction The individual warfighter now carries more than 100 pounds during combat operations, with a significant amount of that weight attributed to electronic gear and energy needed to power it. [1] In a 2011 memo…

MRSA and the Critical Need to Develop a First-Line Treatment

In 2007, the Department of Veterans Affairs implemented its National MRSA Prevention Initiative program to reverse skyrocketing health care costs and poor patient outcomes caused by the deadly bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known…

Food Security & Defense in the Age of ISIL

The food and agriculture sector is one of the United States’ 16 critical infrastructures, [1] supplying a safe, economical and abundant food supply to the consumer, as well as the warfighter. As a general rule,…

Battlescape Brain: Engaging Neuroscience in Defense Operations

Neuroscience and Technology in Defense Contexts Recent convocation of participatory parties in the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention has prompted a renewed focus upon which, how and to what extent currently available and/or new biotechnologies…