Notable Technical Inquiries are summaries of the most recent and impactful work done by DSIAC in response to technical inquiries that were submitted by defense community members. These summaries are intended to give the defense 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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Directed Energy Effectiveness Studies

What studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of directed energy weapons against air systems? DSIAC staff were requested to research and compile a list of studies that have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of directed energy...

Real-Time Non-Destructive Inspection

What sort of methods exist for rapid, high-fidelity, real-time non-destructive inspection (NDI)? DSIAC generated a survey of existing technologies and capabilities which have the potential to meet the need of quick, detailed, real-time NDI. The main...

Small-Micro IFF Transponder Survey

What small/micro Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders could be used in small UAVs? DSIAC worked with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and various transponder manufacturers to survey and catalog small/micro-sized IFF transponders that could be candidates...

Autonomous Insect Robots

Is it possible that the future of information gathering will be up to robotic insects? DSIAC was asked to track down technical publications regarding tiny, insect robots with an emphasis on the means of control and communication among...

ISR Sensor Ball for Aircraft

What existing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems will meet a given set of requirements? DSIAC staff surveyed open source ISR systems and developed a matrix of 62 systems from 14 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that met or...

Test Procedures for Shaped Charge Jet Weapon Systems

What are the recommended test standards and procedures for conducting armor penetration testing of shaped charge warheads into rolled homogeneous armor (RHA) steel blocks for evaluation of weapon systems? DSIAC conducted a literature search on DTIC’s R&E Gateway to identify two of the most-up-to-date International Test Operations Procedures (ITOP) reports on the...

Counter-UAS Analysis Organizations

What organizations are performing counter-UAS analysis, specifically for middle east UAS threats and what are their capabilities? DSIAC staff have worked with numerous UAS and counter-UAS research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) agencies and leveraged contacts in government, laboratory, and academia groups to...