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 findings and/or summaries of responses to the most recent and impactful technical inquiries submitted by DSIAC members under our 4 free hours of information research support.

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Decoys

What decoys are being developed and/or fielded by the DoD?

Flammability Concerns for Ethylene-Glycol and Water (EGW) Coolant

What data or test data are available on the flammability of EGW coolant?

Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) to Detect, Deny, and Impact Various U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Domains

How can UASs be used to improve maritime domain awareness and detect and deny improvised explosive devices (IEDs)?

Space-Related Research and Capabilities in China

Can you provide a summary of current space-related research and capabilities in China?

State-of-the-Art, Rifle-Rated Helmet Technologies

What are the emerging technologies and ideal ballistic materials to maintain lightweight capabilities for rifle-rated helmets?

U.S. Army Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPFs) CUI Collaboration Space

Is there anywhere to host a controlled unclassified information collaborative website space?

Example Technical Inquiries

Example TIs are samples of the wide range of technical inquiries submitted by DSIAC members under our 4 free hours of information research support.

Shock Transmission Through Dissimilar Metal Surfaces

What information is available on investigating shock transmission through dissimilar metal interfaces (e.g., impact or explosive welding)?

Armor Penetration Testing of Shaped Charge Warheads

What are the test standards for conducting armor penetration testing of shaped charge warheads into rolled homogeneous steel blocks?

Drone Swarm Command and Control (C2)

What are current drone swarm C2 capabilities for U.S. Department of Defense activities?

Boron Combustion and Airbreathing Propulsion

What publications are available on boron combustion related to airbreathing propulsion?

Technology Overview of Aluminum Titanium Dioxide (Al-TiO2) Metal Matrix Composites

What research is available for Al-TiO2 metal matrix composites (MMCs)?

Modeling Carbon-Carbon Composite Ablation

What information is available on government-funded modelling ablation of carbon/carbon composites?