Defense Systems Digest
24 March 2020


Notable Technical Inquiry

Can DSIAC supply U.S. Department of Defense contacts for critical technology area advising?

DSIAC was asked to refer subject matter experts to the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group for support in critical manufacturing. DSIAC contacted U.S. Army Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) staff and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Director for the Logistics & Sustainment Center Foundational Learning Directorate, who works with the various ManTech agencies. Army ManTech staff provided contact information for a highly-experienced, former Army ManTech leader, who is now the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command-Atlantic (London, UK) global science advisor. DAU provided contact information for the Director of the…

Voice From The Community

Tyler Englestad

Dr. Englestad, recently appointed as the integrated threat analysis and simulation environment (ITASE) systems lead,oversees the development and maintenance of 200+ intelligence community (IC) validated threat models. ITASE is the IC-wide modeling and simulation architecture designed to provide threat-representative, systems-of systems, kill-chain analysis for the Department of Defense. He is also a computational fluid dynamics subject mater expert for DIA’s MSIC where Tyler Englestand, ITASE Systems Lead, Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA's) Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC) he is leading a project to reduce aerodynamics characterizations from weeks to days using general-purpose graphics processing unit technologies.

In This Issue

DoD Is Soliciting an RFI for Short Term Solutions to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic Through the Medical CBRN Defense Consortium

The purpose of this special notice is to obtain information via white papers from both MCDC members and other interested industry/academia partners in response to the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) pandemic in the United States.  The government is requesting white papers focusing on several areas that are outlined in the Request for Information (RFI).

The link to the RFI and submittal instructions can be found at: https://www.medcbrn.org/cov-pandemic-response/. Membership is not required to submit to the consortium.

Considering the urgency to find solutions, offerors are highly encouraged to respond within 48 hours of the issuance of this RFI. However, responses received beyond the 48-hour window will also be reviewed by the government. The end date is May 31, 2020.

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JULY 30, 2019

“Intelligent-Rail” Software Destined for Next-Gen Squad Weapon

The Army has approved an upgraded software and hardware system that will be integrated into its next-generation squad weapon. “T-Worx, a technology innovation company based in Sterling, Virginia, is a component supplier and provides the I-Rail to all of the next-generation squad weapon competitors,” said Ben Feldman, the company’s chief engineer and I-Rail developer. “The

AUGUST 13, 2019

“Talking Lasers” That Beam Messages to Our Ears in the Works: Pentagon

Hold on to your tinfoil hats because there’s certainly a conspiracy theory a-brewin’ here. The Pentagon has confirmed it’s testing lasers that can talk. Huh? Weapons researchers at the U.S. Department of Defense have been working on less deadly means of warfare, including this laser weapon that can send brief messages — in the form

DECEMBER 04, 2017

1.3  μM Submilliamp Threshold Quantum Dot Micro-Lasers on Si

As a promising integration platform, silicon photonics need on-chip laser sources that dramatically improve capability, while trimming size and power dissipation in a cost-effective way for volume manufacturability. Currently, direct heteroepitaxial growth of III–V laser structures on Si using quantum dots as the active region is a vibrant field of research, with the potential to