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Pentagon’s Hackable Computer Chips | Hacker Hunting | Drone Defense, and more

1/15/20 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  0 New Senior DHS Cyber Official Aims to Deliver Better Data to Threat Analysts (Sean Lyngaas, Cyberscoop) The Department of Homeland Security’s new senior cybersecurity official has his marching orders: Streamline the...

In Niger, 89 Killed in Islamic State Attack

1/15/20 Terrorism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the 9 January attack on Chinégodar, in western Niger, near the Malian border, in which 89 soldiers were killed. It was the deadliest...

DHS S&T, BIRD Foundation Announce Awards for Advanced Homeland Security Technologies

1/15/20 Technology Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Israel – U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation the other day announced three awards for collaborative projects totaling $2.3 million to develop...

Dr. Joseph Brady

Dr. Joseph Brady received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Rhode Island in 2011.  His dissertation, Characterization of Homemade Explosives, focused on the chemistry associated with the detection and destruction of homemade explosives.  In particular, Dr. Brady developed a technique for the field expedient destruction of triacetone triperoxide (TATP) using commercial off-the-shelf materials.  He determined the sensitivity and explosive performance of erythritol tetranitrate (ETN) relative to other tetranitrates (PETN and SMX) in addition to optimizing analytical methods for the 3 materials.  He identified additives that would prevent the use of hydrogen peroxide and various fertilizers as explosive precursors, without interfering with their intended use.  His master’s thesis, Formation of Organic Peroxides in Solution, investigated the possibility of incidental formation of TATP and diacetone diperoxide (DADP) in an industrial process.

                Currently, Joe is an Associate Chemist at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  He is developing energetic polymers as a delivery medium for novel fuel/oxidizer mixtures to defeat chemical and biological weapons for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).  Joe is also working with the Department of State to engage with and enhance the chemical security of our international partners in commerce, industry, academia and law enforcement.  He has provided technical expertise to the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) for various activities.

 

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