The Homeland Defense (HD) Digest is a curated bi-weekly news summary from worldwide sources, showing headlines of innovative, emerging technologies in HDIAC's eight focus areas.
Join HDIAC Thursday, April 8, 1200 - 1300 EDT for a webinar titled "The Changing Nature of Alliances: Rising Powers' Perspectives." Please register in advance for the webinar at: https://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E052D881874D38 Projections regarding the future of the global order have traditionally relied on two assumptions: 1) rising powers are gradually "rising from within" the existing global governance infrastructure; and, 2) U.S.-led institutions are robust. To effectively plan in a rapidly changing geopolitical climate, it is important to enhance our socio-cultural understanding of rising powers, their effect on the existing global order, and, as needed, reevaluate these historical assumptions. The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries are engaging in revisionist coalitions and creating new institutions or, as some argue, creating a parallel system, that challenge historical U.S. global leadership. This new geopolitical dynamic is already affecting U.S. security interests and raising concerns that the United States could be potentially forced to contend with new and broadly legitimate global norms that it had no part in making. While much of the existing debate looks at hypothetical situations (such as a possible new Cold War or discarding rising power alliances as an analytical unit), it is necessary to analyze rising power alliances through a social and cultural lens.
In 2001, anthrax spores were deliberately sent to multiple targets via the U.S. Postal System. In response to the attacks, several emergency responders began a grassroots advocacy program called Project Equal Immunization Policies & Practices (EQUIPP). Coinciding with the Obama administration's authorization of the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act, Project EQUIPP pushed for the deployment of surplus anthrax vaccine doses stored in the Strategic National Stockpile. This idea was met with bipartisan Congressional support, resulting in the First Responder Vaccine Initiative (FRVI).
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel guidance for fully vaccinated people to reflect the latest evidence and science. Given recent studies evaluating the real-world effects of vaccination, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine.
The Department of Defense is one of the largest single consumers of energy and relies heavily on fossil fuels to meet national security objectives. The way energy is generated, transmitted, stored, and used, energy today is both a paramount combat enabler, and a potentially crippling vulnerability. History leads us to conclude that future wars will likely be fuel-limited environments. Critical infrastructure such as refineries, storage tanks, and distribution networks present lucrative targets to an adversary. Yet, the Air Force's energy needs continue to grow. The reliance on fossil fuels lead to physical and geopolitical challenges in the security landscape, while alternative energy sources pose other challenges of their own. As the Air Force continues to reorient itself for great-power competition, the need to build more resilient energy infrastructure and supply chains has become increasingly urgent. The time has come to reimagine usage, generation, transportation, and storage of energy.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Makes Two Revisions to Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization to Help Increase the Number of Vaccine Doses Available - FDA.gov
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced two revisions regarding the number of doses per vial available for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. The first revision clarifies the number of doses per vial for the vials that are currently available, in that the maximum number of extractable doses is 11, with a range of 10-11 doses. The second revision authorizes the availability of an additional multi-dose vial in which each vial contains a maximum of 15 doses, with a range of 13-15 doses that can potentially be extracted.
With nearly 53,000 acres of training sites, the installation is normally buzzing with tanks, troops and jets, but not necessarily in February, when the temperatures rarely see double digits and regularly stay sub-zero.
Many medical professionals and other essential, front-line workers have struggled for the past year with persistent shortages of N95 masks. Soon, they might get relief from a Sandia National Laboratories invention - a comfortable, reusable, sterilizable respirator that could ease demand during current or future health crises.
Energy Secretary Granholm Announces Ambitious New 30GW Offshore Wind Deployment Target by 2030 - Energy.gov
Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm today joined the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce at a White House roundtable meeting to announce a national goal to deploy 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030. This effort will support approximately 77,000 jobs in industry and surrounding communities, generate electricity to power over 10 million American homes, and cut 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This new goal, with additional Department of Energy (DOE) investments announced today, builds on President Biden's Executive Order to address the climate crisis and create American jobs by accelerating the deployment of renewable energy on public lands and waters, including through swift interagency action to advance offshore wind.
The nation's first federally operated mobile COVID-19 vaccination units will soon roll through eastern Maryland.
Texas National Guard Counterdrug Leads in Technical Field - Nationalguard.mil
In a world where technological advances have become a part of everyday life, Texas National Guard Joint Counterdrug Task Force members must stay ahead of the game or fall behind the drug trafficking organizations they are trying to help dismantle.
A new CDC study provides strong evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infections in real-world conditions among health care personnel, first responders, and other essential workers. These groups are more likely than the general population to be exposed to the virus because of their occupations.
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