June 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 June 2017 follow.

IDA Hosts Modeling and Simulation Workshop

Strategy, Forces and Resources Division’s James Herrera recently participated in a National Aviation Intelligence Integration Office (NAI2-O) Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Table Top Exercise at USNORTHCOM in Colorado Springs. Three mini-scenarios were employed to increase understanding of various stakeholder roles and missions in counter-sUAS operations, identify mitigation actions available, determine the locus of responsibility for taking these actions, and identify authorities needed to respond to sUAS threats. The work was sponsored by DHS.

IDA Researchers’ Article Published in Phalanx

SFRD’s Jim Thomason and Jim Bexfield’s article “A Method for Improving Strategic Decisions and Senior-level Teamwork in US National Security Organizations, Part 2,” was published in the June 2017 issue of Phalanx, the Magazine of National Security Analysis by MORS; their article appears starting on page 40. The article describing IDA’s Integrated Risk Assessment and Management Model (IRAMM) is available as IDA Paper P 8426. The IRAMM is featured in an IDA Research Insights.

IDA Researcher Participated in Table Top Exercise

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational EnergySFRD’s Jason Dechant, Mike Fitzsimmons, Tom Wallace, and Allen Wang hosted the Office of Secretary of Defense Logistics Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Workshop on June 13 and 14. The workshop, sponsored by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, included more than 75 military and civilian participants from across the United States.
The workshop produced a roadmap for improving logistics M&S capabilities. The participants focused on identifying key logistics questions asked by senior DoD leadership, the M&S tools they have to address them, and gaps in those tools and analytic capabilities. The workshop was organized around three working groups: deployment, distribution, and supply; engineering and maintenance; and logistics services, operational contract support, and base and installation support.

STPI Researcher Panelist on Emerging Space Technologies

Bhavya LalSTPI’s Bhavya Lal was a panelist at an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that highlighted the implications of emerging space technologies, particularly those provided by smaller space systems. The event focused on the implications of small satellites for DOD missions, including dual-use military and commercial missions, providing advantages in resiliency, agility, deterrence, and coverage.

IDA Researcher Is New MORS President

Joe AdamsSFRD’s Joe Adams assumed the presidency of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS), at their 85th Symposium held at West Point on June 22. In addition to this major presence of IDA at MORS, a number of other IDA researchers were panel members or gave presentations at the Symposium.

IDA Well Represented at WEAI

David S. C. ChuIDA had a significant presence at the 92nd Annual Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Conference in San Diego from June 25 to 29, 2017. IDA President David S.C. Chu chaired a session addressing major defense management challenges. CARD and SFRD researchers presented ten papers on a wide range of topics.