In this video podcast, HDIAC analyst Tara Barsotti interviews Monte Hawkins, Director of the National Vetting Center (NVC), in a conversation that overviews the NVC’s origins, mission, and operations. The interview touches on NVC’s role in the watchlisting process, the future of border security, and the importance of information sharing in protecting the homeland.
Series: The HDIAC Podcast
The HDIAC Podcast features discussions with Subject Matter Experts on emerging topics in the fields of Alternative energy, Biometrics, CBRN Defense, Cultural Studies, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Homeland Defense & Security, Medical, and Weapons of Mass Destruction. Training, One-on-one, and round-table discussions are held to provide insight into highly technical topics and increase user awareness.
In part two of this two-part podcast series, the conversation shifts to the rise of electrification and the intersection of the electric vehicle industry and the Department of Defense. Dr. Hart and Dr. Robyn also discuss the battery supply chain, touching on issues with foreign sourcing and production, as well as how best to educate the next generation about building toward sustainable energy solutions.
In part one of this two-part podcast series on Battery Technology and Impact on National Security, Dr. Hart and Dr. Robyn overview drivers of battery innovation and how the needs of both warfighters and military installations shape the Department of Defense's role in creating energy storage solutions. The future importance of different energy storage technologies that are currently in use is also discussed.
In the third installment of Rethinking Culture in the Context of Civil-Military Relations, Dr. Zoli and Dr. Rubinstein continue the conversation around different cultural models of risk and security and discuss the broader impacts of taking a militarized approach to security abroad.
In Part 2 of Rethinking Culture in the Context of Civil-Military Relations, Dr. Rubinstein and Dr. Zoli discuss the strategic effectiveness of DoD efforts to engage culturally in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as debate enduring questions regarding these efforts’ processes and outcomes.
In the second installment of this two-part series, Ambassador Rich Kauzlarich and Dr. Andrew Light discuss opportunities for global cooperation on energy innovation and climate policy. The conversation includes how the economic and development needs of India and China create opportunity for cooperation, the Paris Agreement, and China's Belt and Road Initiative.
This podcast is the first in a multi-part series discussing the impact of culture in the context of civil-military relations. In this episode, Dr. Corri Zoli and Dr. Robert Rubinstein explore definitions of culture and discuss how different organizational cultures have led the U.S. military and humanitarian groups to pursue divergent on-the-ground security strategies in conflict zones.
In the first installment of a two-part series on the Geopolitics of Climate Change, Ambassador Rich Kauzlarich interviews Dr. Andrew Light, discussing the evolution of climate change diplomacy alongside the emergence of climate vulnerability through the lens of global security. The conversation overviews emerging climate threats to U.S. interests overseas, the future of the global energy economy, and considerations for global cooperation.
Dr. Tonya Neaves interviews Dr. J.P. Auffret and Dr. Paul Houser regarding changes in the energy supply chain and implications for national security. The discussion includes an overview of the critical importance of reliable energy, the push toward renewables, emerging threats to the power grid, challenges specific to the Washington, DC region, and considerations for building stronger energy resiliency.
Dr. Tom Webster, a professor of chemical engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, is studying the ways that nanotechnology can be used to improve the future of medicine. The use of nanosensors shows great promise in revolutionizing medical device performance. These micro sensors can detect cell attachment on devices, such as hip implants, to determine at an early stage if medical device implantation can be successful and prolonged.