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 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.

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Qualification and Certification of Powder Bed Fusion Additively Manufactured Components

What forms of additive manufacturing have been qualified for military use?

Additive manufacturing (AM) is, and has been, a technology gaining traction for…

Laser-Cladding Materials

Is there research on laser-cladding materials that does not require heat treatment?

This inquiry focuses on research on the mechanical properties of different substrate/deposited…

Information on U.S. Army-Managed, Portable Biometrics Data Collection Systems

Can you provide information on U.S. Army-managed, portable biometrics data collection systems?

Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) staff contacted the U.S. Army Program…

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Decoys

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

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked to identify what…

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

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

Assumptions Without further details on the system, the ethylene-glycol water mixture is…

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

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

The aim of this comprehensive literature review conducted on titanium dioxide (TiO2)…