Dear HDIAC Subscribers,
Steve Redifer, HDIAC Director, with another quick update of our activities.
Please allow me to wish you and yours a Happy New Year – everyone on the HDIAC team extends their best wishes for a prosperous 2021! I also want to thank you for your continued support to the HDIAC and its mission. I am grateful to you, as there is no question that homeland defense and security has to be a team effort.
We have a number of exciting events upcoming, and we recently have had some of our most successful webinars to date, so I wanted to share an update with you.
A glimpse into our recent and upcoming work:
- Our most recent webinar was presented on 15 January, and we were pleased to host Dr. Stephen Thomas, Chief, Infectious Disease Division, State University of New York Upstate Medical University as he presented “The Continued Threat of Infectious Diseases to the U.S. Military;” if you missed it, you can catch it here: https://www.hdiac.org/podcast/continued-threat-of-infectious-diseases-to-military/.
- On 21 January, we will be hosting Ambassador (Retired) Rich Kauzlarich of George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government for a presentation titled “Energy Security” and you can learn more here: https://www.hdiac.org/podcast/energy-security/
- February will bring Dr. Christina Baxter speaking on the threat of biological agents as well as Mr. Alan Carr of Los Alamos National Laboratory discussing nuclear weapons testing.
- In December, we released 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 recently released a critical infrastructure podcast featuring Dr. Tonya Neaves of George Mason University.
- For February, we are planning a cultural studies podcast featuring Dr. Robert Rubinstein, a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Professor of International Relations at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Dr. Rubinstein and I will be talking about Military Anthropology and the role it has played in military operations.
- State of the Art Reports
- 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/
- HDIAC Training Services
- Finally, we just released our first training video series covering the threat posed by homemade explosives and improvised explosive devices – we hope it will be beneficial to you. You can find our training courses here and we are happy to customize one for your organization: https://www.hdiac.org/training-course/
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,