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 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.

Filter by Technical Focus Areas

By default, only content within your selected technical focus areas is displayed throughout the site. You can update your technical focus areas in your profile or temporarily filter the content here.

Nefarious Uses of Biological/Biochemical Additive Manufacturing (AM)

What efforts are underway by the U.S. Department of Defense/other government agencies to identify and mitigate nefarious uses of bioprinting to create, modify, or enhance biological threats/weapons?

Genome Editing Tools Subject Matter Experts

Who are U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) experts in platforms using genome editing tools to diagnose disease?

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?

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?