State-of-the-Art Reports (SOARs) are DSIAC publications that provide in-depth analysis of current technologies, research, and the latest technical information available on a topic within any of the DSIAC subject areas.

  • Protection for the Homemade Explosive (HME) Researcher: Laboratory Shielding and Personal Protective Equipment
    Report Date: December 2016
    Author(s):  William Bagley
    This State of the Art Report is an attempt to summarize current and available information to inform and assist energetic researchers in the selection of commercially available personal protective equipment, along with the design and construction thereof. Regulatory requirements relevant to U.S. based laboratories are presented where they serve to aid in selection of equipment or further understanding of the hazards associated with handling of energetic materials. Data has been compiled from reports published by universities, U.S. and U.K. government agencies, and material manufacturers. Additional restricted data exist that may be available directly from the sponsoring agency.....
  • Qualifying Additive Manufacturing Parts
    Report Date: December 2017
    This report is a summary of the state of the art for additive manufacturing (AM) certification. Because the development of AM certification is ongoing across multiple domains and disciplines, and due to the limits of this report, some areas may not be covered as thoroughly as some readers would like. In addition, given the expansiveness of the AM field, this report does not present the final answer to every AM issue. It can, however, serve as a gateway to facilitate discussions among experts and policy makers to bridge technical gaps and provide a baseline from which future research can begin.....
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance
    Report Date: May 2018
    Author(s):  Matthew Harbaugh
    This report summarizes information about various unmanned aerial systems (UAS) platforms currently used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). The applicability of various UAS platforms and sensor payloads for specific types of missions is discussed, and an overview of the challenges of using UAS for ISR in specific environments is provided. Finally, some of the emerging capabilities of unmanned systems and how these systems may be used for ISR in the future are considered.....