Dear HDIAC Subscribers,
Steve Redifer, HDIAC Director, with another quick update of our activities.
First, however, allow me to wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season as we reach the end of what has been a most interesting year! I also want to thank all of you for your continued support to the HDIAC and its mission. I am grateful to all of you, as there is no question that homeland defense and security has to be a team effort.
Today, we introduced our latest featured Subject Matter Expert, Dr. Tim Endy of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University – you can read this update on our featured SME page at https://www.hdiac.org/sme-corner/tim-endy/. Tim is a regular participant in our HDIAC activities, selflessly providing his time and expertise to support our mission. Tim has given webinars for us and was the principal architect of our infectious disease State of the Art Report. You can find Dr. Endy’s webinar at https://www.hdiac.org/webinar/endemic-infectious-diseases/ and the State of the Art Report at https://www.hdiac.org/hdiac-report/infectious-disease-threats/. A big thanks to Dr. Endy as well as our appreciation for his selfless work in support of the HDIAC.
A glimpse into our recent and upcoming work:
- Webinars: Our most recent webinar was presented on 1 December, and we were fortunate to have Dr. Steve Armentrout, CEO of Parabon NanoLabs present “DNA as a Molecular Engineering Platform for Defense Applications;” if you missed it, you can catch it here: https://www.hdiac.org/podcast/dna-for-defense-applications/. On 18 December, we will be hosting Dr. Tristan McClure-Begley of DARPA for his presentation “Biostasis,” which will cover DARPA’s work to extend the time for lifesaving medical treatment following a traumatic injury. January will bring Dr. Stephen Thomas, Professor of Medicine and Chief, Infectious Disease Division at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Ambassador Rich Kauzlarich of George Mason University to our stage, promising more top-notch presentations.
- Podcasts: In December, we plan to release a two part series in which the HDIAC Deputy, Dirk Plante, has a discussion about nuclear weapons treaties with Pranay Vaddi, a fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. For January, we are currently filming a critical infrastructure podcast featuring Dr. Tonya Thornton of George Mason University.
- Our next State of the Art Report is also nearing completion, and it will focus on critical infrastructure protection and resilience, one of our 8 technical focus areas. For a look at our two previous SOARs, check out https://www.hdiac.org/hdiac-report/.
- Finally, we expect our first training video series covering the threat posed by homemade explosives and improvised explosive devices to be released very soon, and we hope it will be beneficial to our members.
As always, please encourage your colleagues to sign up at our website; if you are interested in becoming a Subject Matter Expert you can find more information here: https://www.hdiac.org/services/subject-matter-expert-sme-network/
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Warm regards and Semper Fidelis,