Systems Digest

23 AUGUST 2022

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


Defense Department Invests to Re-establish Domestic Production of Critical Propellant

The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Industrial Base Support (IBS) office, through the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III authority, is supporting a Louisiana facility that produces black powder, a widely used propellant in artillery, firearms, rocketry, pyrotechnics, and numerous weapons systems. The $3.5 million investment by the DoD will allow the facility, owned by Estes…


Notable Technical Inquiry

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center was asked to identify the latest research and development of LiDAR for use in detecting UAVs. LiDAR uses lasers with a lower wavelength compared to radio waves used by radar. This allows LiDAR to be more accurate and precise in detecting smaller objects with greater detail. Three-dimensional images are also easier to create based on the high-resolution images made…

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X-Ray Computed Tomography Scanning for Defense Applications

X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) scanning has been in use for decades, and it remains a key component in non-destructive testing (NDT). XCT allows a user to create a three-dimensional (3D) representation of a scanned object within a computer software program, and to create highly detailed output files for future use and manipulation. XCT has evolved…


Mechanical Shock Testing & Data Analysis Training in Albuquerque, NM

This Mechanical Shock Testing & Data Analysis Short Course will provide a comprehensive treatment of mechanical shock test techniques and data analysis for shocks from 100 g to 200,000 g. Mechanical shock instrumentation from low-frequency…

Aircraft Airworthiness and Sustainment (AA&S) Conference

The mission of this conference is to identify the challenges and the collaborative work being done within the aerospace community in improving the safety, airworthiness, availability, and cost effectiveness of both our military and commercial…

Air, Space, and Cyber Conference

The 2022 edition of the Air, Space, and Cyber Conference has the theme “America’s Air & Space Forces – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (75 Years in the Defense of our Nation).” Some topic sessions include:…

FY22 JAS Program Review (JPR)

The Joint Aircraft Survivability Program Office (JASPO) will host the 2022 Joint Aircraft Survivability (JAS) Program Review (JPR) at Red Flag – Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), NV, on 27-29 September 2022. The purpose of…

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Travis Keen

Research Analyst, DSIAC

Travis Kneen is a research analyst and additive manufacturing subject matter expert at the Defense Systems Information Analysis Center, where he answers technical inquiries and generates research reports that focus on advanced materials, autonomous systems, and energetics. Prior to joining DSIAC, he was an additive manufacturing intern at America Makes in Youngstown, OH. His graduate research concentrated on the high-strain rate mechanical and material properties of selective laser melted stainless steel 316L and was published in the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing (“Mechanical Behaviour and High Strain Rate Deformation of Stainless Steel 316L Processed by Selective Laser Melting”). He has also performed printability and material properties testing on a variety of novel materials for Alcoa and other organizations.

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