Systems Digest

16 NOVEMBER 2021

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


DoD Focused on Readiness Instead of Intent Behind Chinese Military Exercises

Media reports have called attention to mock-ups of U.S. aircraft carriers the Chinese have built in the desert, presumably to train their own military for confrontation with the U.S. Navy. But the Defense Department is,  instead, focused on its own preparation and readiness and current Chinese behavior with neighbors in the Indo-Pacific region. “What we’re…


Notable Technical Inquiry

An acoustic hailing device (AHD) being installed on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) (Source: U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal).

Research Efforts in Long-Range Acoustic Messaging

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked to identify key players in U.S. Department of Defense research efforts in long-range (500–1,000 m) acoustic messaging. DSIAC searched open-source documents and the Defense Technical Information Center’s repository for relevant information, which was compiled into a report and delivered to the inquirer. Key players were organized by government, academia, and industry, followed by a summary of…

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An Overview of the Effectiveness ToolBox (ETB)

ETB is a weapon effectiveness model developed by the Lethality and Weapons Effectiveness Branch (H32) of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD).  ETB is a time-based, Monte Carlo simulation in which objects move in a 3-D virtual world and interact using analytical, numerical, and empirical methodologies. ETB allows the user to model scenarios…


Space Resiliency Summit

The 8th Space Resiliency Summit will bring together members of the DoD, industry, and intelligence community to discuss the growing threat of China and Russia in the modern-day space race. Topics will also include the…

Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) December Subcommittee Meetings

Subcommittee meetings are spread from Monday through Friday, December 6-10, and Monday through Thursday, December 13-16. Topics include the following: 47th Structures and Mechanical Behavior (SMBS) 43rd Propellant and Explosives Development and Characterization (PEDCS) 34th…

Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC)

The Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) will be conducted simultaneously with the Parts and Material Management Conference, formerly named the Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages Conference. This conference is a forum for enhancing the efforts…

2022 Personnel Recovery (PR) Modernization

The Air Force Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Office, in concert with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Personnel Recovery Mission Area (PRMA) community, are staging the 2022 PR Modernization IR&D Technology Interchange Meeting (TIM)….

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CPP Chief, Counter-MANPADS Program TSA/DHS

The TSA Counter-MANPADS Program (CMP) is responsible for C-MANPADS outreach, training and assessments for all domestic commercial airports, and international airports with flights to the U.S. The CMP conducts MANPADS Vulnerability Assessments (MVA), basic training programs and law enforcement MANPADS recognition training, using a proven and worldwide recognized assessment methodology. Currently deploying C-MANPADS assessment software “Counter-Terrorism and Search Position Ranking and Analysis System” (CTS-PRAS) to all major airports, and developing training programs to assist foreign in mitigating MANPADS threats.

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