April 2017

IDA Research Staff participate vigorously in various professional activities – both within their disciplines and ancillary to them – including publishing in the open literature. Highlights of IDA research activity from April 2017 follow.

Arctic Science Summit and Arctic Observing Assessment Framework

Arctic Science Summit Week 2017 FlyerSTPI Researchers Jason Gallo and Steven Lev delivered a technical presentation on the Arctic Observing Assessment Framework at the 2017 Arctic Science Summit in Prague; STPI led a group of international Arctic experts in the development of the Arctic Observing Assessment Framework as a deliverable from the first Arctic Science Ministerial held in September 2016. While in Prague, they were invited to brief the Governing Council of the International Arctic Science Committee and the Executive Committee of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks on the potential applications of the assessment framework to the effort to develop a pan-arctic observing network.

IDA Information Technology and System's Director Margaret Myers was honored as the recipient of the George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Margaret MyersMargaret Myers, PhD Information Technology ’88, has been the director of the Institute for Defense Analyses Information Technology and Systems Division since 2009. From 2000 to 2008, Myers served as principal director for the Department of Defense deputy chief information officer. Prior to that assignment, she served as director of information technology acquisition and investment for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I). She also acted as deputy assistant secretary of defense for C3I Acquisition. Myers served on active duty in the U.S. Army and retired from the Army Reserve in 2005 at the rank of colonel. A recipient of the Defense Department Distinguished Civilian Service Award and three Presidential Rank Awards, Myers is a member of the Volgenau School of Engineering Advisory Board and has published papers in numerous journals. In addition to earning a PhD at Mason, she has an MS in operations research from American University and a BA in mathematics from Colorado College, graduating magna cum laude. She was Mason’s first female engineering PhD graduate and in the first-ever graduating class of two from the then-named School of Information Technology and Engineering. 

IDA Researcher on Space Security Panel

Dr. Brian CohenIDA Information Technology and Systems Division’s Brian Cohen participated in a panel discussion on April 25 exploring the hardware security challenges posed by interconnected devices and cloud computing.  The panel discussion was followed by a lecture by Walden (Wally) C. Rhines, president and chief executive officer of Mentor Graphics, at the eighth event in a series of open lectures on cybersecurity and privacy at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering.

IDA Researchers Published in Joint Forces Quarterly

IDA Operational Evaluation Division's researchers Erick McCroskey and Charles Mock in their article “Operational Graphics for Cyberspace” – published in the latest Joint Forces Quarterly (article begins on page 42) – propose a new set of operational graphics that depict terrain, credentials, cyber units, and mission tasks to portray the back-and-forth of cyberspace battle.  Dr. Eliason, the Editor in Chief of JFQ, says in his Executive Summary to the edition, “Erick D. McCroskey and Charles A. Mock have developed an important, and so far, unachieved capability—how to graphically depict cyberspace operations.”