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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How does the U.S. Navy use the MILES engagement system for force-on-force training and evaluation? The inquirer expressed specific interest in the use of MILES for at-...
What are the current and developmental mine countermeasures (MCM) and automatic target recognition (ATR) technologies capable of accurately detecting and identifying...
Are there compact lightweight high-performance heavy fuel engines suitable for special operations use in light tactical all terrain vehicles (ATVs)? DSIAC first...
Given two different types of ceramic chip capacitor, which is appropriate to use when making predictions involving industrial grade ceramic chip capacitors? DSIAC was...
What is the best microscope for measuring bondline thicknesses between metals and composites? DSIAC was asked to research what types of microscopes were best for...
What research has been done on threat and weapon assessment, evaluation, and analysis? An inquiry was submitted to DSIAC asking for research papers, journals, and points...
Is a target geometry model of a given system available to support a survivability analysis? DSIAC was asked to locate a specific small twin-turboprop aircraft target...
What Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) instruments and techniques are available for detecting surface species on structures before adhesive bonding? DSAIC...
How efficient is Dahlgren Decon/Decon Green as a decontaminate against chemical, biological, and radioactive particles and how does it compare to DF200? DSIAC was asked...
How can historical "lessons learned" from nuclear acquisition and certification efforts help mitigate new program acquisition pitfalls and avoid cost/time overrun? DSIAC...
What aircrafts use HFC-125 as a flame suppressant and how does it compare to competing agents? DSIAC staff conducted research on what aircrafts are equipped with HFC-125...
Are there DoD funding sources for the development of improved Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and/or Positron Emission Tomography (PET) systems? DSIAC contacted subject...
Can the application WINFIRE be used to model responses of the human eye? The inquirer was interested in attempting to use WINFIRE to model the eye's response to incident...
What simulations exist for tactical missiles that include data such as mass properties, thrust and mass flow profiles, and other aerodynamical data? DSIAC staff reviewed...
Who can provide/produce electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payloads for small tactical unmanned aerial systems (STUAS)? DSIAC was supplied with a list of key performance...
Are there non-satellite based over-the-horizon (OTH) communication systems that are able to transmit large amounts of data? DSIAC staff utilized various resources,...
How can we obtain detailed aircraft specifications? DSIAC was asked to identify sources for various specifications (including dry-weight, max velocity, range, etc.) of...
What other information is available related to carbon nanotube based dry adhesive? DSIAC received a request for more information and related articles on the topic of a...
What file format is needed to run in FASTGEN and how can a file be converted into that format? DSIAC was first asked to find an aircraft model, a standard vulnerability...
What are the quantity break points in production unit costs of machine guns? In support of an effort to scope the reverse engineering of weapons and produce prototype...