Published:  February 14, 2020

Volume 6, Issue 4 of the HDIAC Journal covers four of HDIAC’s eight focus areas with articles on Critical infrastructure Protection, Biometrics, Medical, and Alternative Energy. The first article, one of two critical infrastructure protection articles and the feature of this issue’s cover, addresses recent actions taken to improve cyber defense and resilience of United States and DoD critical infrastructure, specifically critical infrastructure cybersecurity and defense support of civil authorities. In the second article, the author discusses an interesting medical diagnosis capability that when fully developed could revolutionize military medicine using nano sensors in the body to monitor the health of service members. In the third article, one of two in our alternative energy technical focus area (TFA), the authors discuss the concept of and research into structural batteries, i.e., batteries that can serve two purposes at once: store energy needed by a system for operation and carry the structural load of the system that they are a part of. In the fourth article, our second critical infrastructure protection-related one, the authors discuss the development of the MOSAICS JCTD to demonstrate a capability concept to automate the exiting procedures to detect, mitigate, and recover from a cyberattack on the military’s mission-critical infrastructure. The fifth article falls in our biometrics TFA and details some of the most up-to-date research on issues that are key to the use of photos in making positive identification of a person. Our Winter issue concludes with another alternative energy-related article in which the author reviews a significant improvement in technology to provide safer and more reliable, resilient, and economic delivery of electric power to DoD facilities worldwide.

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Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

This article addresses recent actions taken to improve cyber defense and resilience of United States and DoD Critical Infrastructure (CI), specifically Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA). Recent events of 2017-2018…

Bringing the Hospital to You: Implantable Nano Sensors

The Need The average life expectancy in the U.S. barely increased this year, which alarmingly represents the first time it has even increased at all in four years. This is unlike some other highly industrialized…

Current Issues in Face Recognition and Photo-ID

From passport issuing authorities and border protection to law enforcement, security officials around the world make identity judgements about members of the public based on photo-ID every day. Crucially, research tells us that this is…

Bioinspired Structural Energy Storage for Robotics

“Structural batteries, i.e. those that can perform two functions at the same time – to store charge and to carry structural load, are known to effectively reduce total system weight [1,2]. This is a universal…

More Situational Awareness For Industrial Control Systems (MOSAICS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD): A Concept Development for the Defense of Mission Critical Infrastructure

“Cyber-Physical Systems of mission-critical infrastructure are susceptible to cyber-attacks, such as ransomware attacks Dependency on vulnerable Information Technology (IT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) of cyber-physical systems equates to an increased risk of threat exposure…

Improving Power System Resilience with Interoperable Communications

“U.S. Army Research Laboratories and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory have developed a new draft standard called Tactical Microgrid Standard (TMS). Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) was hired to validate the specification…