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, February 4, from 1200 to 1300 EST for a webinar presentation titled "Understanding and Responding to Biological Threats." Please register in advance for the webinar at: https://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E050DB83874B31 In recent years, terrorist propaganda campaigns have published materials that extol the merits of attacking the United States and its allies through the use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosive weapons. Further, numerous terrorist groups have attempted to develop CBRN weapons and some have employed them through a variety of means. In order to address the operational implications of such events, it is important to be aware of common threat methodologies, be familiar with potential target locations, and understand the ramifications of such attacks. This webinar will focus primarily on the biological threat, as a biological attack against people could be used to cause illness, death, fear, societal disruption, and economic damage; likewise, an attack on agricultural plants and animals could result in economic damage, loss of confidence in the food supply, and possible loss of life. This webinar will provide a "snapshot" of this continuously evolving attack vector and give an overview and assessment of the threat posed by biothreat agents.
In Case You Missed It: HDIAC Podcast – Critical Infrastructure Resilience – Parts 1 and 2 - HDIAC.org
Critical infrastructure (CI) is not only essential for the successful functioning of governance and society, it is a critical element to homeland defense and security. A power grid functioning at full capacity, an operational and expansive communication network, a streamlined and efficient transportation system, and water infrastructure delivering clean and affordable water free of pollution are all necessary toward ensuring national security. The United States has identified 16 critical sectors that serve as vital assets, systems, and networks. Instability in these systems could have a debilitating impact upon the economic security and vitality of the nation. Prioritizing the physical, operational, and virtual condition of these systems and ensuring their resilience will foster a sense of confidence and promote a culture of sustainability. This podcast will explore these matters and offer potential suggestions to increase critical infrastructure resiliency.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Cabenuva (cabotegravir and rilpivirine, injectable formulation) as a complete regimen for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection in adults to replace a current antiretroviral regimen in those who are virologically suppressed on a stable antiretroviral regimen with no history of treatment failure and with no known or suspected resistance to either cabotegravir or rilpivirine. This is the first FDA-approved injectable, complete regimen for HIV-infected adults that is administered once a month.
DOE Selects Seven State and Local Governments to Establish “Proving Grounds” for Advanced Building Technologies - Energy.gov
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) selected two state energy offices, four local governments, and a State Judicial Council to install promising building technologies and systems in commercial and multifamily buildings that DOE expects to significantly improve energy efficiency, demand flexibility, and building-to-grid capabilities.
Russia said on Friday that it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities after the U.S. exit from the pact, compounding the challenges faced by the incoming administration of president-elect Joe Biden.
Energy Department and Federal Partners Announce up to $14.5 Million for Offshore Wind Environmental Research - Energy.gov
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $14.5 million for environmental research to support U.S. offshore wind development. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support regionally-focused, coordinated research efforts to increase understanding of the environmental impacts of offshore wind, as well as projects that advance and validate tools to monitor and minimize impacts.
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) integrated an accurate and efficient model of nuclear fission into a new software suite to provide users a powerful and flexible tool to quickly and accurately model new and highly complex nuclear detection scenarios.
A new carbon fiber material could bring cost and performance benefits to the wind industry if developed commercially, according to a study led by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Office is excited to announce the latest winners of the Fall 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge.
Appleton International Airport Gets New Credential Authentication Technology to Improve Checkpoint Screening Capabilities - TSA.gov
The Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Appleton International Airport (ATW) is now utilizing new state-of-the-art technology that confirms the validity of a traveler's identification (ID) and confirms their flight information in near real time.
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