Fall 2018: Volume 5 Number 4

Published:  October 1, 2018

Every month, DSIAC processes 1,000 scientific and technical reports. This is the average monthly rate at which we upload new scientific and technical information (STI) to the Defense Technical Information Center’s (DTIC’s) Research and Engineering (R&E) Gateway. When you conduct a literature search with DTIC’s R&E Gateway, newly available information is available because of our continual uploads.

We are chartered with the mission of collecting STI and populating DTIC’s R&E Gateway to benefit knowledge reuse amongst the entire Department of Defense (DoD) community. We research, obtain, and upload unclassified and classified STI, specifically STI related to defense systems or any of our nine focus areas. We do this with both new and old STI.


The majority of our new STI comes from three main sources—technical area tasks (TATs), core analysis tasks (CATs), and open sources. TAT contracts are large efforts designed with the sole
purpose of producing late-breaking STI for the larger defense community. CATs have the same design as TATs but are simply smaller in scope. From these TATs and CATs, DSIAC receives reports,
documents, findings, etc., and fully catalogues each STI element as it is entered into DTIC’s R&E Gateway.

Open-source STI consists of documents generally captured from public sources and other non-CAT/TAT-related sources. These pieces of STI may come from DoD or Department of Energy research labs, universities, industry, etc. Our open-source STI often represents recent research but, in some cases, is a record of old work.


To ensure that old STI is not lost, we are always on the lookout for historical STI so we can archive it for posterity.

We regularly support the defense systems community by receiving their
aging reports or documents, digitizing them, and uploading them to DTIC’s R&E Gateway. This keeps the information forever available for future researchers, engineers, and scientists.


Our STI upload services are available for your STI as well. If you have any newly-generated STI that defense researchers will benefit from, let us add it into DTIC’s R&E Gateway. If you
have physical STI documents that are starting to fade away or a set of digital STI stored in only one location and at the risk of being lost, let us put it into the Gateway. The more STI that is accessible through DTIC’s R&E Gateway, the better resource it becomes for defense researchers. Please contact us to help get your STI uploaded in support of maximizing knowledge reuse for the DoD community.