December 2016

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 December 2016 follow.

American Geophysical Union Panel

eruption on the sunSTPI Researcher Seth Jonas participated in an American Geophysical Union Panel:  How Scientists Can Reach Policy Makers: Lessons from Space Weather Scientists.  The article was posted in the December 16 AGU Blogosphere.  Dr. Jonas specifically discussed the importance of being able to communicate with the public and those outside of your field if you want to truly enact change on a broader scale.

IDA Researchers Featured in ITEA Journal

Institute for Defense AnalysesIDA President David Chu and Researchers Laura Freeman and Kassandra Froncyk were featured in the December 2016 issue of The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation.  ITEA supplied IDA with an “IDA excerpt” of the three pieces by IDA staff; their publication is otherwise available only to members. 

Congratulations to IDA Scholar Tara McGovern!

IDA congratulates IAD Research Associate Tara McGovern on completion of her PhD program in Public Policy at George Mason University through the IDA Scholar Award program.  

IDA Researchers' Work Published

Operational Evaluation DivisionOED researchers Dan PechkisNelson Pacheco, and Tye Botting’s peer-reviewed article “Statistical Approach to the Operational Testing of Space Fence” appeared in the November IEEE Aerospace & Electronics Systems Magazine

Study on Defending Against High Speed Weapons Available

Dr. Mark Lewis, Director, STPISTPI Director Mark Lewis is the lead author for a report entitled A Threat to America's Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power—High-Speed Maneuvering Weapons, which is now available for download from the National Academies website. Dr. Lewis chaired the Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee on “Defending Against High Speed Weapons” over the course of this past year, which produced the report, and has been briefing it to senior DOD and IC leadership.