The CSIAC provides up to four hours of Free Technical Inquiry research to answer users’ most pressing technical questions. To do so, the CSIAC relies on its extensive Subject Matter Expert (SME) network, which includes retired senior military leaders, leading academic researchers, and industry executives. Our SMEs can help find answers to even your most difficult questions.
Technical inquiries submitted online are sent directly to an analyst who identifies the staff member, CSIAC team member, or SME that is best suited to answer the question. The completed response will be sent to the user, and can take up to 10 working days; though they are typically delivered sooner.
Inquiries may also be submitted by email, phone or fax using the contact information in the footer of the page.
If necessary, the CSIAC can provide additional information for clarification. If the amount of research is expected to exceed the CSIAC’s four free hours of staff time, discussions can begin with the user to determine whether a more extensive, funded analysis is needed. This can include an Extended Technical Inquiry (ETI), or a Core Analysis Task (CAT).
Extended Technical Inquiry (ETI)
ETIs are separately funded efforts that involve a more in-depth analysis of a particular topic in the CSIAC technical domain (software engineering, cybersecurity, modeling and simulation, and information sharing/knowledge management). An ETI can involve up $50k in funding with a period of performance not to exceed 60 days. To initiate this type of effort, a one to two page Performance Work Statement (PWS) is required, and an award can be made in under one week.