March 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 March 2017 follow.

IDA Researcher Published by Council on Foreign Relations

George WardIAD Researcher and former Ambassador to Namibia George Ward prepared a Contingency Planning Memorandum on Zimbabwe for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which was published by IDA as an informal document. That work subsequently became a finalist for the 2017 Welch Award. The CFR has now published Amb. Ward’s update to the original memo.

IDA Researcher Featured as a Woman in Engineering

Dr. Janet SaterJanet Sater of the Science and Technology Division was featured in a brief interview in the February-March Issue of Advanced Materials and Processes (see page 74). Dr. Sater gives good advice to prospective engineers as well as insight into her interests and background.

IDA Researcher Published

Carl VinsonIDA Joint Advanced Warfighting Division Researcher Mark Vinson’s article “Winning Indefinite Conflicts: Achieving Strategic Success Against Ideologically-Motivated Violent Non-State Actors” has been published in Small Wars Journal.

IDA Researchers Offer Method for Improving Strategic Decisions

IDA Strategy, Forces and Resources Division researchers James Thomason and James Bexfield wrote “A Method for Improving Strategic Decisions and Senior-level Teamwork in US National Security Organizations” (page 41), which appeared in the March 2017 issue of Phalanx, the Magazine of National Security Analysis, a publication of the Military Operations Research Society.  The article is based on IDA paper NSP-8339; the subject is also featured in an IDA Research Insights.

IDA Researcher on Cybersecurity Panel

Dr. Bhavya Lal, STPI Research Staff MemberIDA Scicence and Technology Policy Institute's Bhavya Lal was a panelist at a session on space situational awareness and space traffic management at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) symposium entitled Space Security: Issues for the New Administration. The event, which was attended by about 450 attendees, was also webcast live. Dr. Lal speaks at about the 6:01:33 mark.