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

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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.

Infrared Countermeasure (IRCM) Technology for Rotorcrafts and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

What are the latest government and industry technology developments for infrared countermeasure (IRCM) systems?

Shark Resistant Materials for Combat Divers

What materials and technology are being researched, or are available, for use in wetsuits for combat divers?

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Thermal Imaging of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAVs)

What infrared (IR) imagery sets of threat small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAVs) are available for testing models in development?

Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) Technologies Using Nonkinetic Electromagnetics

What Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) technologies exist or are being developed with the capability to defeat drone swarms with nonkinetic electromagnetics?

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Long-Lasting Antimicrobial and Antiviral Surface Coatings

What antiviral surface coatings are commercially available that last weeks/months instead of hours/days?

COVID-19 Test Kits Reagents and Formulae

What are the reagents types and formulae used in COVID-19 test kits, sources of the reagents, and other processes using those reagents?

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Options for Using Metamaterials for Unidirectional Transmission of EM Radiation Within Radar Wavelengths

Can metamaterials (charged/active or otherwise) be used to shield a friendly radar from electronic attack while simultaneously allowing that radar to continue to operate in that same band?

Infrared Imagery Datasets

What infrared imagery datasets and databases are available for use in programs for the Department of Defense?

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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?