Technical Inquiries (TIs)

The core function of HDIAC is to answer technical questions using our in-house technical personnel, vast DoD information resources, and our extensive network of subject matter experts (SMEs). HDIAC 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

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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

HDIAC’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 Technical Inquiries

Notable TIs are summaries of the most recent and impactful works done by HDIAC in response to technical inquiries that were submitted by homeland defense and security community members. These summaries are intended to give our community a sampling of the wide range of questions presented and responses produced by HDIAC under the free 4 hours of information research support.

Lithium-Ion Battery Information Request

What are the specifications and availability of lithium-ion batteries from a North American supply chain?

COVID-19 Delta Variant

Can you provide current and relevant information on the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, also known as lineage B.1.617.2, a variant of lineage B.1.617 of SARS-CoV-2?

Water and Food Safety From Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats

Is there any current research regarding food and water sources as a method of CBRN/weapons of mass destruction use and dissemination?

Decontamination or Contamination Mitigation Using Zirconium Hydroxide

What programs, projects, or organizations use zirconium hydroxide for decontamination and contamination mitigation, and what is its efficacy against all possible CBRN threats, including TICs/TIMs?

Staff Sgt. Nathan Harris, 96th Medical Group medical laboratory technician, places a patient sample in a molecular diagnostic analyzer used to test for COVID-19 May 1 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. It takes approximately 70 minutes to process each panel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

COVID-19 Test Kits and Reagents

What are the different types of reagents used for COVID-19 Test Kits?

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Wearable Diagnostic Devices to Measure Infections

What technologies or studies are available related to wearable diagnostic devices that could measure viral and/or bacterial infections?

An Airman from the 38th Rescue Squadron ensures the connection between the air tank and the air hose is snug, Jan. 20, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Airmen must secure their equipment before entering the pool. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Daniel Snider/released)

Emerging Oxygen Generation Technology

What technology exists for producing breathable oxygen at the point of use on or near a battlefield?

Energy and Sustainability Curricula in Military Schools and Universities

Where do energy management, water management, climate change, sustainable construction, waste management, and other energy and sustainability (E&S)-relevant topics fit into military educational institutions’ existing programs?

Kontrol Energy BioCloud COVID-19 Detection

What additional information can you find on equipment from Kontrol Energy's BioCloud link? 

Multilayered Packaging of Hazardous (CBR) Materials

What technical studies, research, and published work exist concerning the use of containers for the transport and storage of hazardous materials (CBR)?

Decontamination Studies Relevant to the United States Coast Guard (USCG)

What studies (classified or unclassified) have been done on the effects of using standard DECON solutions (for CWA & BIO) on MH-60-type aircraft/small boat composite materials (skin, rotor, electronics, etc.) and what is the effectiveness of each solution/method (CWA/BIO) currently available for military use? Are there any health hazard studies on the DECON solutions being used on aircraft as they relate to dangers to DECON personnel?

Data Pertaining to MH-60 Helicopter Engine Exposure to Chemical Warfare Agents or Toxic Industrial Chemicals

Are there any studies on helicopter engines (MH-60) after being exposed or actually ingesting CWAs or TICs into the engine, was there damage, and did it affect the engine's performance?