Notable Technical Inquiries

Notable Technical Inquiries are summaries of the most recent and impactful work done by DSIAC in response to technical inquiries that were submitted by defense community members. 

These summaries are intended to give the defense community a sampling of the wide range of questions presented and responses produced by DSIAC under the free 4-hours of information research support. To learn more about technical inquiries click here: https://dsiac.org/about/technical-inquiries.

To submit your technical inquiry, log in (or create an account), and then utilize the "Formal Technical Inquiry" form provided on this webpage.

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In what failure mode do film resistors, CDR ceramic capacitors, and CWR tantalum capacitors most often fail in and what is the distribution breakdowns for each mode?...
How does the lower atmosphere impact the propagation of EM energy in a maritime environment and mitigation solutions? DSIAC was asked to support the Homeland Defense...
What fabrics or materials have the potential to "cloak" warfighters? DSIAC was asked to investigate recent advancements regarding fabrics, materials, nanomaterial...
What research and information is available regarding the cognitive abilities and technological trends of autonomous systems? DSIAC was asked to investigate research...
What information is available on DARPA's PRIGM project? DSIAC and subject matter experts from Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) searched the DTIC Research and...
What human factors research has been done on infrared display technology, specifically regarding white hot versus black hot polarity preferences? DSIAC was asked to...
What information is available on hyperspectral imagers that adhere to size, weight, and power (SWaP) limitations of drones? DSIAC compiled a list of documents, articles...
What new sensing technologies, methodologies, and algorithms exist to detect and identify ground targets from the air? DSIAC staff and subject matter experts (SME)...
What high-level frameworks or policies have been established to address hybrid threats and what organizations have developed them? A DSIAC subject matter expert (SME)...
Are there any gallium arsenide thin solar film technologies that meet the requirements to support the warfighter? DSIAC staff reached out to universities, national...
Would a metal having a negative coefficient of thermal expansion be of interest for athermalizing infrared optics? DSIAC was given information on ALLVAR Alloy 16, a...
What is the latest in hypersonics vehicle and weapon system research and development? DSIAC subject matter experts (SMEs) at the Johns Hopkins University Energetics...
Is there an unclassified version of RADGUNS that can be used as a training model while awaiting clearance? DSIAC was asked about if an unclassified version of the DSIAC-...
What methods can be used to test fragment impact and burn-to-violent reactions? The sub-scale Burn-to-Violent Reaction (BVR) testing was developed for assessing...
What tools are in the Air Force Standard Analysis Tool Kit (AFSAT) that would support Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) concerning laser hardening techniques applied to...
What options are available to detect section loss and pipe blockage, preferably without paint removal? DSIAC subject matter experts (SMEs) at TRI-Austin conducted...
What existing capabilities exist for cold transport of medical materials? DSIAC was asked to identify containers, manufacturing processes, and/or companies that fit a...
Is there is any evidence correlating eye strain to unity magnification sights? There are stories that that close quarter (CQB/CQC) sights should not be designed for...
What accelerated life testing methods can be applied to small arms accessories? DSIAC subject matter experts (SMEs) from TRI-Austin did open source and DTIC R&E...
How would Risk of Significant Injury (RSI) parameters best be utilized in future non-lethal weapons (NLW) military solutions? The requester was seeking a better...