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.

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Research Efforts in Long-Range Acoustic Messaging

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked to identify key players in U.S. Department of Defense research efforts in long-range (500–1,000 m) acoustic messaging. DSIAC searched open-source documents…

High-Voltage, Direct-Current Battery Management Systems (BMS)

  The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) received a technical inquiry requesting information on commercial hardware or software applications that detect, manage, and control abnormal and/or dangerous high-voltage lithium-ion…

Small Particle Effects on Hypersonic and Subsonic Flight Vehicles

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked to identify information describing the effects small particles have on hypersonic and supersonic flight vehicles.  DSIAC staff compiled research describing the…

U.S. Army Process for Concept and Research Development

In support of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) and Future and Concepts Center (FCC) Team Ignite efforts to synchronize the Army concept and capability development process, the…

Assured Position Navigation and Timing (APNT)

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked to identify research and programs regarding APNT. The U.S. Armed Forces have relied on Global Positioning System (GPS) for precision navigation…

The FOCUS/FRACTALS Model

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked for updated information on the FOCUS model, which stemmed from the Fall 2015 DSIAC Journal article “Modeling Intelligence Ped With FOCUS:…

Hot Air Decontamination of Aircraft Exposed to Biological Warfare Agents

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) discussed the issue with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear subject matter experts (SMEs) from military units; U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy research…

Artificial Intelligence in DoD Business Mission Areas

  The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked for a literature review of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) publications that describe the employment or attempted employment of artificial…

Research Efforts in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Vital Sign Monitoring Systems

  The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked to search for organizations researching vital sign monitoring systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  The system is meant to consist…

Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) Survivability

Presently, modern APCs are required to provide protection against heavy machine gun projectiles, rocket-propelled grenades, landmines, and improvised explosive devices. To accomplish this, APCs use modular armor, active protection, vehicle…

U.S. Army Aircraft Rotor Blade Pitch Angle Data

Development of rotary wing platform countermeasures to threat missile systems with seeker sensors operating in the visible, infrared (IR), and ultraviolet (UV) spectral…

Effectiveness of Electrostatic Sprayers in Cleaning Touch Surfaces

DSIAC was asked to identify if cleaning chemicals applied by electrostatic sprayers are effective at sanitizing touch surfaces. COVID-19 has highlighted the need…