IDA in the Research Community
IDA Research Staff participate actively in various professional activities – both within their disciplines and ancillary to them – including publishing in the open literature. Below are some recent citations of IDA Researchers and their work.
CCR Analyst’s Report Published by AFSB
IDA Analyst Dr. Ryan “Skip” Garibaldi (Center for Communications Research – La Jolla) co-wrote the report “Utility of Quantum Systems for the Air Force,” an FY2016 study by the USAF Scientific Advisory Board. The report has been approved for release, although it is FOUO and not yet on DTIC. The unclassified summary is available on the AFSAB website.
STPI Director Chairs Study on Defending Against High Speed Weapons
STPI 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
IDA 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.
AGU Selects STPI Paper as “One of the Best”
STPI Researcher Seth Jonas had a second paper selected by the American Geophysical Union as a Research Spotlight. The article “Mapping Geoelectric Hazards Across the United States,” which he coauthored, appeared in the October 15, 2016, online version of Geophysical Research Letters, an AGU Journal.
STPI Effort Recognized in Executive Order
On October 13, President Obama signed out an Executive Order on Space Weather; this is the culmination of a STPI effort, with primary credit going to Seth Jonas. Dr. Jonas has been the intellectual driver on this topic, and has shepherded the document though the signing process with his STPI team.
STPI Paper Cited by OSTP
On 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
ITSD’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.
IDA Cited in the Press
A recent article in War on the Rocks, an online platform for analysis, commentary, debate, and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues, cited IDA twice for it medical-related work. One of the coauthors, Mr. Brad Carson, was Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness until earlier this year. The article, “Defense Reform in the Next Administration,” referred to two CARD publications: IDA Paper P-5262, Comparing the Costs of Military Treatment Facilities with Private Sector Care, and IDA Paper P-5305, Essential Medical Capabilities and Medical Readiness.
Latest Article from IDA’s Korea Expert
SFRD’s Katy Oh Hassig has an inside perspective on the situation on the Korean peninsula. In her latest article – “Are North Koreans Heading for the Exit?” – published in the September 19 Asia Times, she considers the stability of the North Korean regime given both the recent defection North Korea’s deputy ambassador in London and news of their recent fifth nuclear weapons test.
IDA Researcher Presents Invited Briefing on Strategic Risk Management to IC
Dr. Jim Thomason, Assistant Director of SFRD, presented an invited briefing on the Integrated Risk Assessment and Management Model to the 2016 annual symposium of the SRA [Systems and Resource Analyses] program of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He presented the briefing to about 100 mid- to senior-level analysts and program directors from throughout the Intelligence Community. The symposium was held at the National Reconnaissance Office headquarters in Chantilly, VA, on September 15, 2016.
IDA Cited in the Press
A recent article in Nature World News – Alert: Severe Geomagnetic Storm Could Lead to Nationwide Blackouts – mentions IDA’s partnering with USGS and other federal agencies in developing “nation-wide maps of ‘induction hazards’ to help quantify the risk of geomagnetic storms to the power grids.” IDA’s work has been published in Geophysical Research Letters, an AGU Journal.
IDA’s Librarian Recognized
IDA Librarian Brad Gernand was recently spotlighted in Springer online. Springer Publishing is well-known as a publisher of e-books and peer-reviewed journals in science, technical, and medical publishing. The company also hosts a number of scientific databases. Brad credits the IDA Library staff for this recognition.
STPI Paper Cited in House Testimony
In his opening statement before a Space Subcommittee Hearing on Commercial Remote Sensing: Facilitating Innovation and Leadership, Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, cited IDA Paper P-5242, Global Trends in Space.
IDA Former President Receives John S. Foster, Jr. Medal
General Larry D. Welch, current senior fellow and former IDA president, was awarded the John S. Foster, Jr. Medal for his exceptional leadership in scientific, technical, and engineering development and policy formulation in support of U.S. nuclear security objectives. General Welch is only the second recipient of this honor established by Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS) and bestowed on an annual basis by the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
IDA Board Member Receives Prestigious Award
IDA Board of Trustees member Edwin Dorn
recently became the 33rd recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Hubert Humphrey Award
, which recognizes notable public service by a political scientist. Mr. Dorn, a member of IDA’s Board since 1998, is known for his dedication to public policy and the preparation of generations of public servants.
Mr. Dorn’s rich career in public service includes appointments in both the Carter and Clinton presidential administrations, having served as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness during President Bill Clinton’s first term. He has also served in various public policy think tanks before becoming dean of the LBJ School at the University of Texas in 1997 until 2005.
Other renowned dignitaries who have received this award include Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State to President Bill Clinton; Susan E. Rice, National Security Advisor to President Obama; and Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
IDA’s Korea Expert Quoted
SFRD’s Katy Oh Hassig, an internationally recognized expert on Korea affairs, was recently quoted in Voice of America News. In the article, Dr. Oh argues that North Korean Leader Kim Jon Un will continue to provoke crises and escalate tension in pursuit of recognition and respect for his status as the leader of a nuclear weapon state. Dr. Oh has written previous articles on the precarious Korean nuclear situation.
DIRI-SGI Team Comes Home from Niger
The Defense Institution Reform Initiative (DIRI)-Security Governance Initiative (SGI) team recently returned from another trip to Niger. The Niger team is part of a set of IDA projects, begun in the early 1990s, to improve the military capabilities of American security partners via strengthening their planning and management. IDA had done this work in 56 countries, and currently works in 23 teams with more than 60 researchers helping in the effort. The work is co-led by SFRD's Wade Hinkle and Chuck Fletcher.
The Niger Team is led by Kent Fasana (CARD) and draws IDA staff from JAWD (Jim Ayers - Logistics, Brian Williams - Logistics, Sarah Collins - Human Resources), IAD (Ashley Bybee - Strategy), and SFRD (Paul Clarke - Strategy). The SGI project uses a variety of expert resources, including RAND as well as IDA. So Kent's team also includes RAND human resource experts, demonstrating for the OSD sponsor how FFRDCs can be integrated on common projects. (And in other countries on this project, IDA contributes experts that work under RAND lead).
This recent trip from July 17 to 29 was the fifth trip the team has taken since November 2015. The group tries to go every two months to maintain some consistency. They will go again in October and then in December.
The work in Niger, which envisions substantial improvements in management of the security sector, also benefits from high-level commitments from the Niger government (including the President's national security advisor, Gen. Boulama, 2nd from left in photo below."