Systems Digest

15 NOVEMBER 2022

DSIAC collects and publishes articles related to our technical focus areas on the web to share with the DoD community.


National Defense Strategy

On October 27, 2022, the U.S. Department of Defense publicly released the unclassified National Defense Strategy (NDS), a Congressionally-mandated review. This strategy sets the strategic direction of the Department to support U.S. national security priorities and flows directly from President Biden’s National Security Strategy. The NDS includes the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and the Missile…


Notable Technical Inquiry

Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operators in a boat

UUV Autonomous Mission Operations Development: Tire Detection Challenge

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport, in conjunction with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)/NavalX, are sponsoring a prize challenge focused on unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) autonomy (hereinafter referred to as “the Challenge”). The Navy seeks to enhance the quality of the self-governing controls and functionality of UUVs by developing autonomous algorithms to perform various missions. For the Challenge, participants are expected to…

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Can live-fire-like training for research and development be provided for the engineers working on weapons platforms at U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal, NJ?

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How many “gate runner” (intentional or unintentional vehicle that passes through a secure access point without authorized access) incidents have occurred at U.S. military installations (including U.S. Department of State embassies and consulates) in the past 2–3 years?

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Can information be provided to explain beamforming techniques used for active, electronic scan array radar/beam form/beam steer?

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AFRL Releases Video Footage of XQ-67A First Flight

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) – The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory successfully flew the first of a second generation of autonomous collaborative platforms known as the XQ-67A demonstrator, built and flown in the Off-Board Sensing Station, or OBSS, program Feb. 28, 2024. The AFRL OBSS program is the validation of a design, build, and test process that has resulted in the XQ-67A. It…

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soldier viewing a CAD design on a laptop

DoD Producibility and Manufacturability Engineering Guide

Manufacturing is a major factor in fielding cutting-edge capabilities to the Warfighter. Producibility focuses on design considerations, while manufacturability focuses on improving manufacturing processes and factory floor operations. This guide is an educational tool for product teams to develop and produce parts, components, and systems that can be manufactured easily with significant benefit to the end user. The guide provides useful definitions, references, tools, and…

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An extremely cold gas of strontium atoms is trapped in a web of light known as an optical lattice.

World’s Most Accurate and Precise Atomic Clock Pushes New Frontiers in Physics

In humankind’s ever-ticking pursuit of perfection, scientists have developed an atomic clock that is more precise and accurate than any clock previously created. The new clock was built by researchers at JILA, a joint institution of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder. Enabling pinpoint navigation in the vast expanse of space as well as searches for new…

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Space Test Course Class 24A at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School standing in front of a plane

Space Test Course Integrates Satellite Operations Into Curriculum for First Time

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — In a historic first, students from the Space Test Course at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School successfully operated a satellite in space from Edwards Air Force Base, May 20. Previous classes have coordinated with commercial space providers to acquire satellite imagery to support multidomain testing, dictating desired imagery and pass schedules, albeit without direct interaction with…

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In this artist’s conception of the process, an automated deposition system places a new material onto a base material (purple beam, right) as the last sample that was made is analyzed and sent to the AI (green beams, brain, left). The AI tells the pulsed laser deposition machine what to do next (data cable, bottom). Credit: Chris Rouleau/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Researchers Harness AI for Autonomous Discovery and Optimization of Materials

Today, researchers are developing ways to accelerate discovery by combining automated experiments, artificial intelligence (AI), and high-performance computing. A novel tool developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that leverages those technologies has demonstrated that AI can influence materials synthesis and conduct associated experiments without human supervision. This autonomous materials synthesis tool uses pulsed laser deposition, or PLD, to deposit a thin layer of substance onto…

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Metal Alloys That Can Take the Heat

RICHLAND, Wash.—Cooks love stainless steel for its durability, rust resistance and even cooking when heated. But few know the secret that makes stainless steel so popular. It’s the metal chromium in stainless steel, which reacts with oxygen in the air to form a stable and protective thin coating for protecting the steel underneath. These days, scientists and engineers are working to design alloys that can…

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What Makes a Simulation Credible? Cost-Effective Verification, Validation, and Accreditation (VV&A) in the Systems Engineering Process: Focusing V&V on A

The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Warfare Effectiveness Department (WED) VV&A Branch has developed and executed a cost-effective, risk-based VV&A process for modeling and simulation (M&S) used to support the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The following topics will be covered: What makes a simulation credible? How does VV&A relate to credibility?…


Advanced Materials for Defense Summit

The 5th Annual Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will discuss initiatives toward researching and developing advanced materials and manufacturing processes that will significantly shape future operational effectiveness through lighter, more powerful, and cost-effective military and…

Eglin AFB Tech Expo

The Eglin AFB Tech Expo will be taking place on Thursday, 17 November 2022 at the Main Fitness Center. The Tech Expo is an event to bring government and industry together to collaborate on mission…

Military Vehicle Systems Summit

DSI’s 2nd Military Vehicles Systems Summit is a Town Hall style forum that will bring together members from across the U.S. military services, Department of Defense, academia, and industry to discuss current efforts and programs…

Defense Manufacturing Conference 2022

On behalf of the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP), and in coordination with ARCTOS, Army ManTech cordially invites you to the Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) 2022, in Tampa, FL, on December 5-8. DMC is…

Military Standard 810 (MIL-STD-810) Testing Open Course (NTS Labs, Plano Texas)

This four-day Military Standard 810 (MIL-STD 810) test training focuses on the purpose of each test, the equipment required to perform each test, and the methodology to correctly apply the specified test environments. This class…

Voice From the Community

Chris Peitsch

Avonix Imaging

Chris Peitsch is a subject matter expert in industrial computed tomography (CT) at X ray & CT Imaging Systems at Avonix Imaging. Prior to joining Avonix Imaging, he was a research engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he focused on X-ray CT and its applications in additive manufacturing, electronics systems inspection, and aviation security. Mr. Peitsch also worked at Chesapeake Testing, in Aberdeen, MD, where he launched a large X-ray/CT inspection service laboratory

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