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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. 

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.


Arctic Science Summit and Arctic Observing Assessment Framework

Arctic Science Summit Week 2017 FlyerSTPI Researchers Jason Gallo and Steven Lev delivered a technical presentation on the Arctic Observing Assessment Framework at the 2017 Arctic Science Summit in Prague; STPI led a group of international Arctic experts in the development of the Arctic Observing Assessment Framework as a deliverable from the first Arctic Science Ministerial held in September 2016. While in Prague, they were invited to brief the Governing Council of the International Arctic Science Committee and the Executive Committee of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks on the potential applications of the assessment framework to the effort to develop a pan-arctic observing network.

UChicago Grad Students visit STPI

University of Chicago Students visit IDA STPIThe University of Chicago’s Graduate Research in Data Program sent eight graduate students on a “trek” to Washington, DC.  IDA researchers Greg Davis, Wil Doane, Jason Gallo, and Pritha Ghosh showed off some of their projects to the students in a lively two hour session.  Afterwards, the group took in the view from the roof of STPI’s building and then enjoyed tapas, paella, and sangria at Taberna del Alabardero around the corner.

IDA Researcher on International Panel on Small Satellites

Dr. Bhavya LalScience and Technology Policy Institute's Bhavya Lal is serving on an International Council for Science (ICSU) committee to develop an international scientific roadmap for small satellites.  Dr. Lal is attending the kickoff meeting of the panel, organized by the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland on May 23 and 24. COSPAR was established by the International Council for Science in 1958 just after the launch of Sputnik-1, and periodically issues scientific roadmaps on critical issues to encourage decision makers in the relevant fields to develop collaborative programs based on the best science available.

IDA Researcher Is Team Rubicon Volunteer

Operational Evaluation Division’s Larysa Murray is a volunteer for Team Rubicon, which she describes as a great organization with a meaningful mission.  She is featured in the video embedded in the linked article.  Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

IDA Researcher Elected to Society of Women Engineers Board of Directors

IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute's researcher Dr. Alexis McKittrick has been elected to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Board of Directors effective July 1, 2017. She will serve a two-year term as the Society Secretary for SWE. In this role, she will work with other SWE leaders to promote increased diversity in engineering and STEM fields.

IDA Researcher to Participate in Debate

Strategy, Forces and Resources Division's researcher Heather Williams has been invited to participate in a debate organized by The Center for Strategic and International Studies Project on Nuclear Issues (CSIS/PONI).  The event is to take place 23 May.  For more information, see the CSIS/PONI link.

IDA Information Technology and System's Director Margaret Myers was honored as the recipient of the George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Margaret MyersMargaret Myers, PhD Information Technology ’88, has been the director of the Institute for Defense Analyses Information Technology and Systems Division since 2009. From 2000 to 2008, Myers served as principal director for the Department of Defense deputy chief information officer. Prior to that assignment, she served as director of information technology acquisition and investment for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I). She also acted as deputy assistant secretary of defense for C3I Acquisition. Myers served on active duty in the U.S. Army and retired from the Army Reserve in 2005 at the rank of colonel. A recipient of the Defense Department Distinguished Civilian Service Award and three Presidential Rank Awards, Myers is a member of the Volgenau School of Engineering Advisory Board and has published papers in numerous journals. In addition to earning a PhD at Mason, she has an MS in operations research from American University and a BA in mathematics from Colorado College, graduating magna cum laude. She was Mason’s first female engineering PhD graduate and in the first-ever graduating class of two from the then-named School of Information Technology and Engineering. 

IDA Researcher Delivers Zimbabwe Presentation

George F. Ward, Ambassador (ret.)IDA Researcher Amb. (ret.) George Ward delivered a presentation on “Zimbabwe after Mugabe” on May 5, 2017, to a Contingency Planning Roundtable at the Center for Preventive Action of the Council on Foreign Relations. The event was held at the Council’s office in Washington, DC,

IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute Researcher Presentation at NOAA's ACCRES

Bhavya Lal is a member of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). The committee was established to provide  information, advice, and recommendations to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on matters relating to the U.S. satellite commercial remote sensing industry and NOAA's activities to carry out the responsibilities of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Dr. Lal's presentation was on emerging activities in space and the need for legal/regulatory framework to address them.

IDA’s PACOM Team Recognized

The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) Strategic and Operational Emulation Team has just won the 2016 Air Force Analytic Innovation of the Year Award.  An email from David Stilwell, Director, China Strategic Focus Group, PACOM, noted the “pioneering efforts” that the IDA team have contributed to the program.  That team includes IAD’s David Rosenberg, the longest serving member of the team; Tom Bortmes, project lead; Karen Buckley; Ashton Callahan; and SFRD’s Brandon Shapiro.


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.

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 Researcher Published in Government Executive

Dr. Allison AbbeStrategy, Forces and Resources Division’s Allison Abbe’s article “Keeping Employees Engaged During Periods of Uncertainty” has been published in the May 31 online version of Government Executive. In her article, she makes the case that, to build a foundation for employee engagement in uncertain times, federal workforce leaders and supervisors can benefit from multiple theories and decades of behavioral science research into the sources of human motivation.

IDA and ACPS Presents Science Unrestricted 2017

Science Unrestricted - Jenns RobertsonIDA Joint Advanced Research Division researcher, Jenns Robertson, works with future researchers on understanding where meteorites come from at Science Unrestricted 2017, sponsored by the Alexandria City Public Schools and IDA. Area students visited the science fair for hands-on STEM exhibits, a contest, and educational entertainment! This was the tenth annual Science Unrestricted fair held at IDA.

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.

IDA Researcher on Space Security Panel

Dr. Brian CohenIDA Information Technology and Systems Division’s Brian Cohen participated in a panel discussion on April 25 exploring the hardware security challenges posed by interconnected devices and cloud computing.  The panel discussion was followed by a lecture by Walden (Wally) C. Rhines, president and chief executive officer of Mentor Graphics, at the eighth event in a series of open lectures on cybersecurity and privacy at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering.

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 President Judged NWC Strategy Award

Dr. David S.C. Chu, President, IDAIDA President Dr. David S.C. Chu was one of the judges for the Naval War College’s James V. Forrestal Award for Excellence in Strategy Development and Force Planning Award on 24 February 2017.  The award culminates the National Security Decision Making (NSDM) course final exercise.  Dr. Chu’s fellow judges included Paula Dobriansky (former Under Secretary of State) and CAPT Paul Stader, Director, Navy Policy Division (N51)..

IDA Researchers Published in Joint Forces Quarterly

IDA Operational Evaluation Division's researchers Erick McCroskey and Charles Mock in their article “Operational Graphics for Cyberspace” – published in the latest Joint Forces Quarterly (article begins on page 42) – propose a new set of operational graphics that depict terrain, credentials, cyber units, and mission tasks to portray the back-and-forth of cyberspace battle.  Dr. Eliason, the Editor in Chief of JFQ, says in his Executive Summary to the edition, “Erick D. McCroskey and Charles A. Mock have developed an important, and so far, unachieved capability—how to graphically depict cyberspace operations.” 

IDA President Interviewed on Television

Dr. Chu discussed policy changes for DoD civilian layoffs during a workforce reduction as part of his role as Co-Chair of the National Academy of Public Administration during a January 30 interview.

IDA President Addresses Naval Postgraduate School

Dr. Chu at NPSNPS Monterey @NPS_Monterey Jan 26

Dr. David Chu, President, challenges students to design future force during latest Guest Lecture

(photo NPS Monterey)

American Geophysical Union Panel

eruption on the sun

STPI Researcher Seth Jonas participated in an American Geophysical Union Panel:  How Scientists Can Reach Policy Makers: Lessons from Space Weather Scientists.  The article was posted in the December 16 AGU Blogosphere.  Dr. Jonas specifically discussed the importance of being able to communicate with the public and those outside of your field if you want to truly enact change on a broader scale.

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