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

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 findings and/or summaries of responses to the most recent and impactful technical inquiries submitted by HDIAC members under our 4 free hours of information research support.

Military Working Dog CBRN Protection and Medical Countermeasures

In working dogs, what modifications need to be considered for the current deployable force packages/Defense CBRN Response Force military working dog component?

The State of 5G Technology and Applications to the DoD and Military

What is the state of 5G technology (and beyond) as it applies to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and military?

Reaction of Reactive Skin Decontaminant Lotion (RSDL) With Nerve Agents Sarin (GB) and Soman (GD) and Forming Degradation Products

What data exists on the reaction of RSDL with nerve agents GB and GD and forming degradation products?

Agricultural Security Risks

What is the significance of agriculture to security?

Unclassified Datasets Related to Former Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Programs

Do you know of unclassified datasets related to former WMD programs such as the U.S. Biological Warfare Program?

Respiratory Protection for Military and Law Enforcement Professionals

What is the standard respiratory protection for military and law enforcement professionals - tight or loose fitting?

Example Technical Inquiries

Example TIs are samples of the wide range of technical inquiries submitted by HDIAC members under our 4 free hours of information research support.

Common Operational Picture (COP) With Partner Nations

What DoD entities have worked with U.S. partner nations to develop a shared COP, and what was the process?

Chemical Detection Using Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR)

Is there any current technology being developed to detect chemicals using SWIR in a real-time application?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Recommendations for Cleanup of Destroyed Vehicles

Can you provide PPE recommendations for cleanup of burned U.S. military vehicles after testing? What are the hazards with cleanup, and what materials need to be removed from the vehicles after fire and explosive ordnance damage?

Models for Nuclear Destruction of Asteroids

What models exist for nuclear destruction of an asteroid?

Transporting and Storing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Can you provide information on solutions for safely transporting and storing PPE gear?

Synthetic Biology for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats

How can synthetic biology help the Warfighter with CBRN threats on the battlefield?