Technical Inquiries (TIs)

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

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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

CSIAC’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 CSIAC 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.

Counter-AI Offensive Tools and Techniques

What is the state of industry investment in and development of products in support of counter-artificial intelligence offensive tools and techniques?

6G and Its Advancements Over 5G Networks

What major advancements are proposed by 6G, and when is it projected to deploy?

Overarching Wireless Technology Programs for the U.S. Air Force

Is there an overarching Wi-Fi program for the U.S. Air Force?

Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine-Learning (ML) Transition Timetable

How fast do AI/ML technologies transition from paper to fielded capability for the People’s Republic of China (PRC)?

Microelectronics Overview

What is the current state of the art in microelectronics and its impact on the DoD?

The State of 5G Technology and Applications to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Military

What is the state of 5G technology (and beyond) as it applies to the DoD and military?