Defense Systems Digest
25 August 2020

Notable Technical Inquiry

What commercially-available data sources could be used to support analytic, deep-dive reports?

DSIAC was asked for data sources that can be used to support technology horizon scanning and big data analytics.  DSIAC leveraged the skills, tools, and subject matter expertise involved in our support of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Science and Technology Strategy for 2030 and Beyond initiative.  DSIAC subject matter experts cataloged commercially-available repositories and databases related to technical publications, patents, industry financials, grants, and macroeconomics data. Information on ~30 data sources was provided.

Voice From The Community

Kharananda Sharma, Ph.D.

ORISE Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am an ORISE postdoctoral research fellow where I apply my physics, mathematics, and bioengineering skillset in several applied areas. I performed experimental work on novel core-shell, multiferroic nanofibers with potential for use in biomagnetic imaging. I was also a professor in the physics department at Oakland University. I have my M.S. in physics from Oakland University and my Ph.D. in medical physics from Oakland University. During my Ph.D. dissertation, I worked on the biomechanics of cardiac tissue using a new mathematical model of mechanotransduction called the mechanical bidomain model.

In This Issue

DoD Innovation Speed Must Increase to Modernize

Speaking on a panel at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, yesterday, Michael Brown said while the 5-year-old DIU has been successful since former Defense Secretary Ash Carter stood it up in 2015, more needs to be done. DIU is a DoD organization Carter founded to help the U.S. military make faster use of emerging commercial technologies. "I feel like we're just scratching the surface," Brown said, while adding that DIU has accomplished a lot in five years. "We probably influence about $500 million worth of defense procurement. Big number in absolute terms, but … what defense buys is probably [up to] $400 billion a year. Depending on the year, we're a small drop in that bucket."

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