DEFENSE

Systems Digest

2 AUGUST 2022

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

FEATURED ARTICLE

More HIMARS, “Phoenix Ghost” Drones Bound for Ukraine

The Defense Department has announced another package of security assistance for Ukraine, which will include additional High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), ammunition, and a substantial number of Phoenix Ghost unmanned aerial systems. This latest package includes about $175 million in equipment pulled from existing U.S. military stocks through presidential drawdown authority and $95 million…

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Notable Technical Inquiry

European Energetic Additive Manufacturing (AM) Research

  The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was tasked with determining the extent of energetics additive manufacturing (AM) research and development capabilities in Europe. DSIAC searched available resources for any projects or research being performed by universities or defense organizations in Europe that involve the three-dimensional printing of energetic munitions, explosives, propellants, or rocket engines. There were a few organizations and universities that had…

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FEATURED WEBINAR

Multifunctional Robotics Platforms for First Responders

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) was recently tasked with finding commercial- or government-off-the-shelf multifunctional robotics platforms to assist first responders in day-to-day activities. This would include any combination of hazardous material detection and handling, payload transportation and manipulation, autonomous navigation and mobility, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, or general enhancements to situational…

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Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV) during a training event on Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Applying the Autonomous Ground Vehicle Reference Architecture to MBSE

Utilizing model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is a key enabler for high-quality system design and application of Modular Open Systems Approach principles. The Autonomous Ground Vehicle Reference Architecture (AGVRA) provides meta-models, architectural guidelines, best practices, and a library of reusable model content for the Army robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) community to facilitate MBSE development of…

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Calvin Cheung

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ARL's Transonic Experimental Facility

ARL Hypervelocity Ballistic Range Experiments

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL’s) Transonic Experimental Facility (TEF) is an all-purpose research firing range that has been used to investigate propulsion, materials, flight, guidance, and terminal effects across a spectrum of launch (mechanical) and flight (thermal) loads, including speeds from Mach 0.5 to 5+.  Currently, there are very few experimental ground facilities for…

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Dr. Joseph D. Vasile

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What attrition-tolerant, autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can incapacitate a small merchant ship?

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) is looking for information about attrition-tolerant, autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can conduct missions to incapacitate a small merchant ship. UAVs of interest should have the following specifications: A Technical Readiness Level of 7 to 9. Flight range of 50 to 500 nautical miles without refuel/recharge. Attrition-tolerant: …

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low flying unmanned aerial system watching over a city

What open architectures, standards, and communication protocols exist for collaborative and autonomous unmanned systems?

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) is seeking open architectures, standards, interface documentation, and communication protocols that demonstrate effective multivehicle, collaborative autonomy for various modalities of unmanned systems (UxS). Of particular interest are solutions from industry and academia that can be incorporated into a future government design to meet the Warfighter’s needs. The solution…

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Three military personnel initiate a detonation process.

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 450 participants and with more than 250 papers presenting experiments and models of detonation phenomena, shock, properties of explosives, equations…

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FATEPEN Shatter Phenomenon and the Effects of Fragment Shape on Impact Failure

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Blue Angels Super Hornet Training

Aircraft Combat Survivability Short Course (ACSSC) 2024

This three-day short course in aircraft combat survivability is designed to provide an overview of the aircraft combat survivability discipline.  The course is intended for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), active-duty military, and government contractors who need to better understand how to increase the survivability and combat effectiveness of air platforms in manned and unmanned…

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Multifunctional Robotics Platforms for First Responders

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) was recently tasked with finding commercial- or government-off-the-shelf multifunctional robotics platforms to assist first responders in day-to-day activities. This would include any combination of hazardous material…

Applying the Autonomous Ground Vehicle Reference Architecture to MBSE

Utilizing model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is a key enabler for high-quality system design and application of Modular Open Systems Approach principles. The Autonomous Ground Vehicle Reference Architecture (AGVRA) provides meta-models, architectural guidelines, best practices, and…

Calvin Cheung

ARL Hypervelocity Ballistic Range Experiments

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL’s) Transonic Experimental Facility (TEF) is an all-purpose research firing range that has been used to investigate propulsion, materials, flight, guidance, and terminal effects across a spectrum of launch (mechanical)…

Dr. Joseph D. Vasile

What attrition-tolerant, autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can incapacitate a small merchant ship?

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) is looking for information about attrition-tolerant, autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can conduct missions to incapacitate a small merchant ship. UAVs of interest should have the following…

What open architectures, standards, and communication protocols exist for collaborative and autonomous unmanned systems?

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) is seeking open architectures, standards, interface documentation, and communication protocols that demonstrate effective multivehicle, collaborative autonomy for various modalities of unmanned systems (UxS). Of particular interest are solutions…

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…

FATEPEN Shatter Phenomenon and the Effects of Fragment Shape on Impact Failure

Aircraft Combat Survivability Short Course (ACSSC) 2024

This three-day short course in aircraft combat survivability is designed to provide an overview of the aircraft combat survivability discipline.  The course is intended for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), active-duty military, and government contractors…

Voice From the Community

Mr. Andrew J. Tweedell
Andrew Tweedell

Project Lead, Human Research and Engineering Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL)

Mr. Tweedell is the current Project Lead for the Human Agent Interaction for Intelligent Squad Weapons program at ARL. His military research experience involves the intersection of human performance and data analytics in the physical and cognitive domains. He previously acted as Project Lead for the Techniques for Soldier Exoskeleton Analysis program at ARL, which informed design requirements for future dismounted exoskeletons. He is also a Contract Data Analyst for Optimum Performance Analytics Associates, where he performs statistical analyses related to professional and collegiate sports performance. His scientific publications span neuromechanics, exoskeleton evaluation, cognitive and physical interactions in marksmanship,  and human variability in Big Data.

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