Dedicated and Diverse Staff
IDA's mission is to bring the best scientific and analytic minds to bear on the most important issues of national security. To do this, we constantly renew and evolve our analytic resources to ensure that IDA meets its sponsors’ needs. This means reaching into the community to find and cultivate first-rate people and providing them with the tools necessary, and setting challenges high enough, to maintain IDA’s standard of excellence.
IDA’s ability to provide the high-quality analyses for which we are known is due to the dedication and hard work of our skilled and diverse staff. We employ some 1,000 research, professional, and support staff in offices in California, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia. Our research staff includes a rich mix of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and economists who apply state-of-the-art systems engineering and research and development techniques to tackle critical issues of national importance. Educated at the nation’s leading universities, more than 90% of IDA’s research staff have an advanced degree, three out of five a doctorate.
The research staff are backed by an equally accomplished and dedicated professional staff of editors, programmers and computer information specialists, security personnel, human resource specialists, accountants, graphic artists, administrative assistants, and others. Their talents ensure that our sponsors consistently receive accurate and timely products.