Systems Digest

18 JUNE 2024

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

DARPA Shows Concepts for the Future of VTOL Uncrewed Aerial Systems
DARPA’s AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY program, known as ANCILLARY, shows six design concepts for a low-weight, large-payload, long-endurance VTOL uncrewed X-plane. The innovative configurations and critical technology designs come from a wide array of performers, from small start-up to legacy aerospace companies, broadening the network of partners contributing to the program.​


ULA's Vulcan VC2S rocket launch

Space Force Official Outlines Roadmap for Commercial Partnerships

Lt. Gen. Shawn N. Bratton, the Space Force’s deputy chief of space operations, strategy, plans, programs, and requirements, said the service’s recently released Commercial Space Strategy challenges leaders to think about new pathways for commercial partnerships and capitalize on rapidly emerging technology. “How do we make ourselves a little uncomfortable and go into areas where…


Notable Technical Inquiry

Sterilization Techniques for 3-D-Printed Materials and Medical Items

The use of polymer additive manufacturing (AM) for single-use and reusable medical devices in austere environments is of interest to the U.S. Department of Defense. The ability to field a deployable AM resource with enough filament to sustain 60–90 days helps create a more independent and well-rounded medical team and closes air gaps on supply chain reliance. This report includes a literature survey to gather…

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Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman David Douglas, from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, assigned to the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department, wears an explosive device disposal suit, Sept. 21, 2022. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications and workups for a scheduled deployment this fall. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Daniel Perez)

NSWC Indian Head Division Battle Lab

In the last decade, Warfighters have grown reliant on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment to meet their operational needs rather than use traditional U.S. Department of Defense acquisition paths. Although COTS systems may offer a responsive and rapid procurement, they carry a substantial risk to front-line Warfighters due to lack of objective test and evaluation in realistic,…



The National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS) and the Commercial & Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE), two space-focused conferences, will colocate events for the 12th year. These colocated symposia continue their…

Digital Engineering for Defense Summit

The Digital Engineering for Defense Summit will bring together leaders from across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), military services, industry, academia, and other relevant stakeholders to support the integration of digital engineering tools and…

Military Standard 810 (MIL-STD-810) Test Training Open Course (Element Materials Technology – Boxborough, MA)

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 applies…

The 2024 FAA Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Symposium

Previously two separate events, the 2024 FAA Drone and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Symposium is the first time both communities are connected to discuss safety and emerging technologies for our shared skies. This event serves…

2024 Joint Air Survivability Summit

The 2024 Joint Air Survivability Summit will highlight key threats posed to aerial platforms from adversaries and the innovative technologies or strategies, which may be used to counter them. At this forum, senior-level speakers will…

17th International Detonation Symposium

The International Detonation Symposium started in 1951 and was originally a Navy-sponsored discussion of about 17 papers. In subsequent years, it has been sponsored by both DoD and DOE labs and has grown to over…

Voice From the Community

Jimmy Russell

Materials and Processes Engineer

Jimmy Russell is a parts materials and processes engineer contractor at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) focusing on systems engineering and materials science subjects supporting specialty engineering and broad parts management efforts. Some of these subject areas include Additive Manufacturing and Manufacturing Quality Assurance, System Survivability and Radiation Hardness Assurance, Counterfeit Awareness and Mitigations, Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) aka Obsolescence, and Hardware Quality and Mission Assurance. Recent MDA program focuses include modernization efforts for the Ground Based Midcourse Defense system platforms as they progress through the gated design review phases and other support to OUSD initiatives.

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