Defense Systems Digest

23 AUGUST 2022

Featured Technical Inquiry

Natural Rubbers for Propellant Binders

DSIAC staff connected the inquirer with a subject matter expert who performed a literature search and provided a report and bibliography. The publications included information on the use of natural rubber as a propellant binder, aging of natural rubber for tires, and useful aging data on normalized strain ratio at the break vs. shifted log of reduced time.

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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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Featured News

DoD Must Field Capabilities Faster, Hicks Says

“In the face of the pacing challenge from China and threats from Russia, Iran, North Korea, and extremist groups, the Defense Department must transition from experimentation and prototyping to fielding capabilities much more quickly,” Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks said. On August 22, Hicks provided virtual keynote remarks for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s “Forward Conference: Advancing the Horizons of National Security,” held […]

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Upcoming Events

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Entering its 10th year, the annual Defense TechConnect (DTC) Summit will feature a number of colocated events, covering a wide spectrum of topics, such as sensors, VTOL, infrastructure, supply chain, energy, manufacturing, resilience, power, data,…

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The Future Armored Vehicles Survivability USA conference is a meeting for the U.S. armored vehicle community designed around a series of focused discussions on the strategies and technologies being adopted to enhance crew and platform…

AUVSI Defense

This specialized program equips the armed services and their partners with the information and relationships they need to meet constantly shifting threats around the globe. Plan to meet with decision makers and program managers from…

Military Tactical Communications Summit

The 2022 Military Tactical Communications Summit will focus on the strategies, technologies, and policies that enable reliable and efficient communication networks in expeditionary environments to ensure continued battlefield success. Event topics for discussion will 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…

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:…

Fundamentals of Random Vibration and Shock Testing Open Course (NTS Longmont, CO)

This three-day training in Fundamentals of Random Vibration and Shock Testing covers all the information required to plan, perform, and interpret the results of all types of dynamic testing. Some of the additional areas covered…