Technical Inquiries (TIs)

The core function of DSIAC is to answer technical questions using our in-house technical personnel, vast DoD information resources, and our extensive network of subject matter experts (SMEs). DSIAC has technical staff available to conduct technical research in order to give you a head start on your analysis or study in any of our technical focus areas. We offer a free 4-hour TI research service or, for slightly larger research efforts, we offer an extended technical inquiry (ETI) service.

Technical Inquiry Features

Our TIs include the following to help you with your research:

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Literature Searches

A curated bibliography given a technical topic

Document Requests

Dissemination of technical reports to authorized users

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SME Referrals

Contacts and connections with relevant, technical SMEs

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Free Technical Inquiry Services

DSIAC's free TI service offers 4 hours of free research per inquiry on any topic within our technical focus areas. Typical TI efforts may include answering technical questions, literature searches, document requests, or referrals to SMEs. Completed responses are compiled and delivered to the inquirer in less than 10 business days. Registered users can submit TIs online through the provided form or by phone.

Extended Technical Inquiry (ETI) Services

ETIs are externally funded research efforts that go slightly beyond 4 research hours. ETIs require between 5 and 160 technical hours of research, with a $50K maximum ceiling and period of performance up to 2 months.

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Notable Technical Inquiries

Notable TIs are summaries of the most recent and impactful works done by DSIAC in response to technical inquiries that were submitted by defense systems members. These summaries are intended to give our community a sampling of the wide range of questions presented and responses produced by DSIAC under the free 4 hours of information research support.

Commercially Available Materials to Resist Compressive Creep at 400 °C

What metals (if any) have a high creep resistance and material stability in the 400 °C range?

Research Efforts in Wide-Area Ocean Surveillance

Who are the key contributors to Department of Defense (DoD) research efforts in the area of wide-area ocean surveillance, and what are their contributions?

Use of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) as a COVID-19 Disinfectant

Is there relevant data regarding the efficacy of 254-nm germicidal ultraviolet C (UVC), including dosage required, to effectively disinfect touch surfaces exposed to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2? Does that data contain any applications of the same UVC wavelength to surfaces of aircraft or other transportation interiors?

Research Efforts in Infrasound

Who are the key contributors to Department of Defense (DoD) research efforts in the area of infrasound and what are their contributions?

MANET, Adaptive Routing and Cognitive Radio for UAV Networks in Contested Environments

How can unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) networks operate in contested and uncontested environments?

Details Regarding the Organic Industrial Base (OIB) Master Plan

Can you provide insight and guidance into development of a Master Plan detailing optimization of facilities, infrastructure, equipment, and the digital depot for the OIB?

Alternatives to Using Hexavalent Chromium Coatings

What are Department of Defense-approved alternatives to hexavalent chromium in aerospace coatings for use on government/military aircraft (aluminum) and/or ground support equipment (steel)?

Information on Hypersonic Variants of Maneuverable Reentry Vehicles, Glide Vehicles, and Cruise Missiles

What documentation is available on Joint Tests, Quick Reaction Tests, or Joint Technology Test Demonstrations reports related to U.S. hypersonic glide vehicles, advanced maneuverable reentry vehicles, hypersonic cruise missiles, or Joint Procedures for IWTAA of HGV (J-PITH)?

Combustion Efficiency Data for Liquid-Fueled Ramjets

How can combustion efficiency be estimated for a liquid-fueled ramjet with a given combustor length or bulk flow residence time flying in the Mach 2-3 range?

Techniques to Camouflage and Deceive AI/ML or Autonomous Systems on the Battlefield

What techniques of camouflage and deception are effective against AI/ML or autonomous systems on the battlefield?

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Ultraviolet (UV) Bulb Manufacturers and Distributors in the United States

Who are the manufacturers and distributors of ultraviolet (UV) bulbs in the United States?

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Research Efforts in Long-Range Acoustic Messaging

Who are the key players in U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) research efforts in long-range acoustic communications, and what are they doing?