Frequently Asked Questions

The following list contains common questions involving HDIAC's mission, services, products, etc. If you have any additional questions or would like to find out more about HDIAC, please feel free to contact us.

What is HDIAC?
The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) is a Department of Defense sponsored organization through the Defense Technical Information Center. HDIAC utilizes expertise and knowledge from government agencies, research institutions, laboratories, industry, and academia on topics relevant to DoD and other government entities. The HDIAC's mission is to serve as a ready tool for strategic, operational, and tactical organizations within DoD and the broader community.

What is HDIAC's Mission?
HDIAC’s mission is to be the go-to Research & Development(R&D), Science & Technology (S&T), and Research,Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) leader within the Homeland Defense and Security community by providing the DoD and Communities of Interest (CoI)/Communities of Practice (CoP):

  • Timely, accurate, and authoritative scientific and technical information and analysisProfessionally developed technical journals, Tech Talks, webinars, and other products that expand scientific and technical innovation awareness
  • A bridge that spans the technology gap across government/academia/industry, lessening or eliminating expensive, redundant scientific expenditures
  • New and emerging technologies that seamlessly integrate into the larger DoD innovation strategy, mission, and operation(s)

What areas of expertise does HDIAC cover?
HDIAC's eight focus areas include:

  • Alternative Energy: Using renewable resources and other capabilities to harvest, generate, store, transmit and reuse energy to sustain growing energy needs.
  • Biometrics: Uniquely identifying humans based on physiological and behavioral attributes.
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense: Minimizing impacts and effects of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear events through detection, recognition and technological initiatives.
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP): Using emerging technologies to protect the framework of the country's security, economy and well-being.
  • Cultural Studies: Understanding ideology and social, political and economic nature of other cultures and people.
  • Homeland Defense and Security: Protecting the nation's security by countering terrorism and ensuring strong law enforcement, disaster response and information management.
  • Medical: Providing medical understanding for improved homeland defense and military operations.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD): Combating and countering weapons of mass destruction via preparedness, countermeasures and arms control.
What products and services does HDIAC provide?

HDIAC offers a broad spectrum of products and services, including:

  • Technical inquiry services
  • Literature searches
  • Document requests
  • Building and maintaining a community of qualified and knowledgeable subject matter experts (SMEs)
  • Leveraging our SMEs to answer challenging scientific and technical inquiries
  • Collecting, cataloging, analyzing, synthesizing, and disseminating Scientific and Technical Information (STI) to qualified users
  • Performing Core Analysis Tasks (CATs)
  • Producing informational multimedia products, including webinars, podcasts, etc.
  • Publishing current awareness information, including original content articles (including Spotlights, Highlight, Sound Bytes), Journal articles, and HDIAC Currents newsletters
  • Creating State-of-the-Art Reports (SOARs)
  • Participating in key technical meetings/conferences, workshops, and training courses
  • Developing and disseminating products, tools, and training based on the needs of the HDIAC user community.
Who can use HDIAC services?

HDIAC services can be used by the following:

  • An employee of DoD, government agency, or a DoD contractor
  • An employee or contractor supporting another federal government agency
  • Any state or local government agency
  • Emergency workers and first responders
  • A researcher, scientist, or engineer of a university or college performing work in our eight focus areas
  • Private industry
Is there a fee for HDIAC services?

HDIAC provides up to four hours of technical inquiry services to customers at no cost. Inquiry services exceeding 4 hours or extensive research performed in Core Analysis Tasks (CAT)  are available for a fee. Levels of inquiry services are described below:

Level of Service Description of Service
Basic Technical Inquiry                     HDIAC performs research and analysis for DoD and the broader community (<4 technical hours; no charge).
Core Analysis Task (CAT)                    HDIAC offers a contract vehicle that can be executed in approximately two months after the statement of work has been approved. The CAT has a $500k ceiling and must be completed within one-year.
What is a Core Analysis Task (CAT)?

A Core Analysis Task (CAT) is separately funded task order and operates as a contract vehicle. An individual government agency, or industry or academia in partnership with at least one government agency, can utilize HDIAC as a contracting vehicle to obtain support for specific projects. Each CAT is limited to a 12-month period of performance and a maximum budget of $500K per project. The projects must be within HDIAC's technical area of expertise. For more information, please view the Core Analysis Task (CAT) page.

(The CAT is available to all government agencies and the broader community when teamed with a government partner).

What publications/media does HDIAC provide?

HDIAC produces a diverse set of publications and multimedia products that center on our eight focus areas.  If you are interested in contributing to our publications/media, please contact for additional information and publication requirements.

Publications/Media Description of Publications
Highlights and Spotlights                                       1-2 page articles highlighting current advances, events, technologies, and research. The Highlights are located on the HDIAC homepage. Spotlights and Highlights are archived in the Spotlight/Highlight Archive.
HDIAC Currents                                Bi-weekly newsletter providing links to innovative and emerging technologies and current news from worldwide sources. View the latest Currents Edition. Previous editions can be found in the Currents Archive.
HDIAC Journal                                   Quarterly journal featuring articles from researchers, SMEs, and other respected experts. The journal can be located through the HDIAC homepage and are archived in the HDIAC Journal Archive.
State-of-the-Art Reports (SOARs) HDIAC researches and publishes two SOARs annually. SOARs are compiled and authored by our SMEs. The SOARs identify the current state of research or policy. SOARs are available by submitting a Technical Inquiry.
Webinars         Interactive and informational seminars from distinguished professionals in HDIAC's extensive network, which focus on trending topics that are occurring worldwide. Webinars can be found on the Multimedia page.
How do I subscribe to the HDIAC Journal?

The HDIAC Journal is available electronically by web and PDF download through the HDIAC website. The Journal is free of charge. To be included in the HDIAC electronic mailing list and receive the HDIAC Journal, please fill out the HDIAC Subscription Form

How can I submit an article for the HDIAC Journal?

Researchers, SMEs, and other respected experts are encouraged to publish in the HDIAC Journal.  The Article Submission Guidelines include general policies involving submissions for the HDIAC Journal, including format, article length, figure configuration, copyright permissions, etc. 

Does HDIAC provide support for the specific work efforts of DoD or other government agencies?

Yes, HDIAC can provide thorough analysis, data collection, and other support activities to meet requirements of DoD research, development, acquisition, operations, and training. 

How do I get answers to my technical questions?

Technical questions are referred to as "inquiries" and can be submitted online using our Inquiry Submission Form, by email via, or by the other contact methods listed in the footer of our website. To submit an inquiry online, select the "Free Technical Inquiry" button on the HDIAC home page. After completing the online form, select the "Submit" button, which will send the form directly to our Inquiry Analysts. You will be contacted if you have requested HDIAC to contact you about your request or additional information is needed to answer your request. Once complete, a response will be sent to the user. This can take up to 10 working days, though responses are typically delivered sooner. The HDIAC provides up to four FREE hours of research in response to a user inquiry. If the question requires more extensive research, users can begin more extensive, funded efforts.

How and why should I register for the HDIAC Website?

Users can register for the HDIAC website by filling out the User Account Form and registration is free.  Registered HDIAC users can engage in all HDIAC products and services, including access to all HDIAC publications and can be notified when new content is released. Registering for the HDIAC website also allows users the chance to collaborate and participate in HDIAC community discussions involving current topics and trends in HDIAC's eight focus areas.

What is the HDIAC Subject Matter Expert (SME) Network?

The HDIAC SME Network provides valuable expertise and knowledge from qualified professionals in the fields revolving around the HDIAC focus areas. These individuals are selected based on their extensive experience in education, professional practice, and publication.  SMEs are involved in instrumental HDIAC activities, such as authoring/reviewing HDIAC journal articles, answering technical inquires, engaging in active discussions in the HDIAC community, presenting webinars, assisting with Core Analysis Tasks (CATs), and other needs.

How do I join the SME Network?

To be a part of our growing HDIAC SME community, please complete the Request to be a SME Request Form. After submitting the form, an HDIAC administrator will review the submission and will contact you with further information on becoming involved. 

What are the benefits of becoming an SME for HDIAC?

Joining the HDIAC SME community allows professionals in the fields involving the eight HDIAC focus areas to network with other experts from various settings, including government, academia, and industry. This communication provides an atmosphere for sharing ideas, staying current with the latest developments in their fields, and discovering opportunities to advance research. SMEs are involved with HDIAC activities and publications, including the HDIAC Journal, Highlights, and Webinars; these outlets allow SMEs to increase awareness of their research.

How do I access the HDIAC document collection?

The HDIAC document repository is available through the Total Electronic Migration System (TEMS), a Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) sponsored database containing documents from all DoD Information Analysis Centers. You must be a registered DTIC user to access TEMS. You may go to to search public scientific and technical documents. 

How do I get a conference, workshop, or other event added to the HDIAC Calendar of Events?

Please email or "submit" your event online via Event Submission Form with a detailed description of the event and your contact informationYour event will be reviewed and added to the calendar on approval.

What is the HDIAC community?

The HDIAC community provides social networking functionality, allowing researchers, scientists, engineers, project managers and industry and academic professionals to directly communicate with one another on a variety of topics relevant to HDIAC technical information. The HDIAC community allows users to start new discussions, to comment on specific documents and resources, and to pose questions and/or opinions to members of the community.  To join our social networking community, visit our Twitter page and/or connect with us on LinkedIn


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