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February Monthly Discussion

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For the month of February, HDIAC will focus on Homeland Defense and Security. HDIAC's Tech Talk and Sound Byte for February focus on 3D printing weapons. As this is an emerging technology, it is a topic of concern for homeland defense and security. Use this space as a discussion board and post articles, videos or anything else regarding HDS as it relates to the Department of Defense and the benefit of the warfighter.

February Monthly Discussion


Self-manufactured weapons are not a new threat, but access to 3D printing technology, by similar processes of developing items and affordable purchase of advanced printers, has made it easier to produce homemade firearms with very little skills or resources required. Instructions to create weapons (handguns, automatic rifles, etc.) are quickly accessible online, which is one approach of limiting access to these plans as a method of threat prevention.