Published:  June 1, 2018

In concert with ongoing continuous improvement efforts, DSIAC has recently refined our purpose, mission, and vision statements to more concisely convey the benefits of our offered services and products to the defense systems community. As a result, I am excited to share these newly unveiled statements with you.

  • Purpose: The purpose of DSIAC is to provide information research and analysis for Department of Defense (DoD) and federal government users to stimulate innovation, foster collaboration, and eliminate redundancy.
  • Mission: The mission of DSIAC is to generate, collect, analyze, synthesize, and disseminate scientific and technical information (STI) to DoD and federal government users and industry contractors.
  • Vision: DSIAC will be the premier information research partner and curator of technology advancements and trends for the defense systems community.

Complementing our vision statement, we established the following subtitle for DSIAC to help reinforce who we are—a “DoD Information Research Partner.” With our raison d’etre defined, we generated some enhancements to optimize our services and products to achieve our vision.

For example, we have recently renovated our biweekly Defense System Digest to better highlight DSIAC activities in addition to sharing relevant news and events. We have also established a Notable Technical Inquiries webpage to provide a flavor of the types of efforts we conduct under our 4 free hours of research. In addition, we maintain a regularly updated list of Newly Available STI that has been uploaded to the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC).

We have also established a Notable Technical Inquiries webpage to provide a flavor of the types of efforts we conduct under our 4 free hours of research.

Even the DSIAC Journal is being improved by the addition of Technology Spotlight articles—which has resulted, in part, from the overflow of article submissions we receive and sort through each quarter—and, most importantly, the continued emphasis on featuring articles authored by civilian, contractor, and/or academia in support of DoD laboratory efforts. This spring issue presents articles from subject-matter experts at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division; the Air Force Research Laboratory; the University of Texas, Dallas; Purdue University; the Office of Naval Research; the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center; GCAS Incorporated; Grant Drone Solutions; and DSIAC.

I hope that you enjoy this season’s DSIAC Journal, and please stay connected to DSIAC as we work to implement additional advancements to maintain and enhance our value as the premier information research partner for defense systems.

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Graphene: A Miracle Material With Promising Military Applications

Though the name might not be familiar to many, graphene has been heralded as a “miracle material,” the application of which includes: Touchscreens (for light-emitting diode [LCD] or organic light-emitting diode [OLED] displays) Transistors Computer…

DEW Countermeasures: A Notional Example of Hardening a System Against HPMs

INTRODUCTION Directed energy weapons (DEW)— which include high-energy lasers (HELs), high-power radio-frequency (RF)/ microwaves (HPMs), and particle beam weapons—pose a potentially high-risk threat to U.S. sensors, communications, and weapon systems. Several foreign countries are currently…

ACES: Developments in Corrosion Prediction, Testing, and Validation

Because military assets of the past, present, and future remain in use for decades after their initial production, corrosion will continue to be an important and costly issue for the Army and Department of Defense…

Power Generation and Storage for Directed Energy Systems

INTRODUCTION For many years, antiship missiles have represented an ongoing threat to U.S. military operators, as well as a challenge to U.S. defense planners and technology developers. In 1987, during the Iran-Iraq War, the frigate…

How the Military UAV Community Can Learn from the Commercial Drone World (and Vice Versa)

INTRODUCTION The commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) marketplace is large and growing. Estimates of its worldwide size vary: a typical number is $5.6 billion in 2016 [1], while Bloomberg News projects a $127 billion value…

Cyber-Physical Command-Guided Swarm

OVERVIEW The Department of the Navy (DON) 30-Year Research and Development (R&D) Plan (distribution D), approved in January 2017, projects the key battlespace technological concepts. In 2025, these concepts are projected to extend from known…

To Use or Not to Use Mobile Robots

INTRODUCTION The modern world surrounds us with the products of artificial intelligence (AI) research. These AI systems mainly work behind the scenes, in information space; they’re the filtering algorithms on a social media platform or…