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.

Novel Textiles for Protective Clothing

What Research and Development (R&D) exists in Passive and Reactive textile/fabric technologies, especially that enhancing Warfighter Personal Protective Equipment development?

Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) to Detect, Deny, and Impact a Variety of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Domains

How can UASs be used to impact border security and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief?

Bacteria and Fungi Contamination in Fuel and Hydraulic Oil

What fungi and bacteria have contaminated fuel and hydraulic fluid?

Viability of New Jet Fuel Technologies

What is the viability of new jet fuel technologies?

Impacts of Hydrogen on the U.S. Navy Fleet

What are the current and future impacts of hydrogen on the U.S. Navy fleet?

Firearms Training Software/Hardware for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Employees

What firearms training software/hardware is currently available to train federal or DoD employees?

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.

Iran’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Munitions

Could you provide information or resources on Iran's use/employment of CBRN munitions?

Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Augment Counterproliferation Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

What technical documents discuss using AI for detecting the proliferation/counterproliferation of WMD materials?

Personnel Recovery Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Can you locate SMEs in personnel recovery and search and rescue to support discussions and research?

Resilient and Efficient Power Management in Asia

Who are the leading countries, universities, and researchers for resilient and efficient power management in Asia?

Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Can you provide C-IED SMEs to assist in identifying changes in IED research and development?

Project Pele and Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Update

Can you provide an update on the current status of SMR programs and Project Pele?