October 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 October 2016 follow.

STPI Director Chairs Study on Defending Against High Speed Weapons

Dr. Mark J. Lewis, Director, Science and Technology Policy InstituteSTPI Director Mark 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. The resulting report – “A Threat to America's Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power—High-Speed Maneuvering Weapons,” which is classified, has been published; the unclassified summary is available.  SFRD’s Tony Fainberg also supported this effort.

IDA Board Member Pens Article in Wall Street Journal

Steven KoonenIDA Board of Trustees member Steven E. Koonen wrote an article “Can America Trust Its Aging Nuclear Arsenal?” in the October 14 Wall Street Journal.  Although IDA’s library does not have a site license to the online version of the WSJ, the hard-copy version is available. 

STPI Paper Cited by OSTP

The White House Office of Science and Technology PolicyOn October 6, 2016, the White House announced the initiative, America the Bountiful, to strengthen the U.S. Agricultural Workforce. In the accompanying Fact Sheet, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced the release of STPI’s study on plant breeding – IDA Paper P-5331, Examination of Plant Breeding at U.S. Academic Institutions and Private Companies in 2015. The results of the plant breeding study were used in OSTP’s opening remarks at the announcement event.

IDA Researcher Presents at NDIA Meeting

Dr. Amy E. Henninger, ITSD RSMITSD’s Amy Henninger briefed Strategic Implications of Cloud Computing for Modeling and Simulation at the meeting of the Modeling and Simulation Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Division earlier this year.