Dear HDIAC Subscribers,
Steve Redifer, HDIAC Director, with an update on our recent projects.
First, I want to thank you for your continued support to the HDIAC and its mission. I am grateful to you, as there is no question that homeland defense and security has to be a team effort.
I also want to thank our sponsor, the Defense Technical Information Center; the DTIC IAC mission is to collect, synthesize, produce, and disseminate scientific and technical information – if you have not checked out DTIC’s website at www.discover.dtic.mil, I encourage you to take a look at their expansive offerings.
I want to start off by highlighting the fact that we recently added a new featured Subject Matter Expert to the HDIAC website, Dr. Tonya Thornton of George Mason University. Dr. Thornton has been a tireless contributor to the HDIAC – check out a small sample of her work on critical infrastructure, emergency management, resilience at: https://www.hdiac.org/sme-corner/tonya-thornton/. If you or your colleagues are interested in becoming an HDIAC Subject Matter Expert, you can find more information here: https://www.hdiac.org/services/subject-matter-expert-sme-network/
The HDIAC team has a number of exciting events upcoming, and our recent webinars have been widely attended and very popular, so I wanted to share an update with you.
- On February 4, we had the privilege of hosting Dr. Christina Baxter for a live webinar titled “Understanding and Responding to Biological Threats.” Dr. Baxter’s brief has been viewed well over 1000 times, and it is worth checking out at: https://www.hdiac.org/podcast/understanding-and-responding-to-biological-threats/
- Our most recent webinar was presented on 18 February, and we were pleased to host Mr. Alan Carr, Senior Historian and Program Manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Alan presented “An Introduction to Nuclear Testing;” if you missed his live presentation, you can watch the recording at https://www.hdiac.org/podcast/intro-to-us-nuclear-testing/. This presentation was so well received and inspired so many great questions that we have invited Mr. Carr back to present a webinar series on 9 and 10 March in which he will cover the Trinity nuclear test in greater detail.
- On 31 March, we will be hosting Dr. Thomas Zink who will provide an overview of the First Responder Vaccine Initiative a program sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.
- In January, we released two critical infrastructure podcasts featuring Dr. Tonya Neaves of George Mason University; as I mentioned at the top of this update, Tonya is also our newest featured subject matter expert. You can find her podcasts at https://www.hdiac.org/series/the-hdiac-podcast/
- This week, we also released a cultural studies podcast series featuring Dr. Robert Rubinstein, a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Professor of International Relations at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Dr. Rubinstein and I discuss the history of Military Anthropology and the role it has played in military operations. These podcasts can be found at https://www.hdiac.org/podcast/military-anthropology-part-1-of-2/ and https://www.hdiac.org/podcast/military-anthropology-part-2-of-2/ – check them out!
Thank you for you for the input to our forums as well as attending our live webinars – the dialog is useful and insightful and would not be possible without your participation. As always, please encourage your colleagues to become members at our website at www.hdiac.org/register and follow us on social media at:
Warm regards and Semper Fidelis,
Director, Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center
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