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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What COTs/GOTs "light helicopters" are transportable in a C-17III and can be quickly equipped for military operations? DSIAC was tasked with compiling a list of light...
What miniaturized cryptographic devices are available for transponder and radio applications in small UAVs? DSIAC was asked to find small size, weight, and power (SWaP)...
What are recent and ongoing commercial developments for high-temperature composites? DSIAC was asked to report on ongoing developments for high-temperature composites,...
What information is available on AM in glass for use in producing optical components for imagery and transport optics? DSIAC was tasked with finding and delivering...
What examples exist of public-private partnerships to develop and qualify additive manufacturing (AM) materials databases? DSIAC was asked to investigate cases of public...
What are the current-state technologies, solutions, and limitations of stand-off biometric identification, specifically in face recognition? What U.S. government...
What are the capabilities of a satellite network & the operator running it? Stemming from the recent satellite launching upon a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, DSIAC was...
Is there still a need for cellulosic precursor carbon fiber and where is this need? The inquirer provided a method to domestically produce fibers similar to viscose...
What industry companies are working on a future vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle design to replace the Osprey? DSIAC staff was tasked with identifying...
Who are the points of contact for information and discussion on the Angry Kitten threat response technology? DSIAC staff worked with subject matter experts (SMEs) from...
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...