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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 Produces Statistical Intervals Package for R Statistical Software

Matthew Avery and summer associate John HamanOED researcher Matthew Avery and summer associate John Haman recently published ciTools to the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN). The new IDA-developed R package allows researchers to easily to quantify uncertainty for predictions made in R, a free, open-source software program for performing statistical analysis. ciTools produces uncertainty intervals for model predictions for many common statistical models used at IDA. For more information and installation instructions, see the GitHub or the CRAN.

IDA Researcher Participating in HERA Mission

Shelley CazaresShelley Cazares of IDA’s Science and Technology Division has been selected for a NASA closed-habitat experiment at the Johnson Space Center: Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA). Dr. Cazares is tweeting about her experience on her HERA mission via her personal handle @smcazares, hashtag #HERA_XIV. HERANow that the mission has begun, she no longer has access to the outside world, including the internet. However, she has set up a separate handle @HERA_XIV, and hopes to set up an auto-tweet functionality.

IDA Researcher Leads Wireless Innovation Forum

Bruce FetteBruce Fette of IDA’s Science and Technology Division is leading a work group of the Wireless Innovation Forum to support worldwide military tactical radio communications suppliers, tactical radio communications software developers, and software development tool providers who are participating in or supporting tactical radio waveform development onto software defined radio (SDRs) or cognitive radio (CR) platforms. The work group will be developing Application Programming Interfaces to enable SDRs and CRs to reduce power and battery consumption. The kickoff meeting was on July 28.

IDA Researcher Explains STEM Careers to High School Students

Anna RubinsteinSED’s Anna Rubinstein spoke at the 18th Annual Summer Leadership Institute for high school students, sponsored by the Trent Lott Leadership Institute at the University of Mississippi (her undergraduate alma mater).
Dr. Rubinstein discussed how the experiences and opportunities that she had at the University of Mississippi led her to where she is today. Members of the Leadership InstituteShe also talked about pursuing careers in STEM fields in general.

IDA Researchers Assist NATO

Photo of Julia Burr and Lucas LaVioletSFRD’s Julia Burr and Lucas LaViolet are assisting NATO in developing exercises to improve the coordination of international medical response to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN). This includes preparing scenarios and exercise injects for the NATO exercises.
F260 Braunschweig corvette at Rostock naval baseThe IDA researchers traveled to Germany for a site survey and the Final Coordination Conference for Vigorous Warrior 2017 (VW17), a NATO medical exercise scheduled from September 4 through 22 at a training area in Lehnin and a naval base in Rostock. The site survey included a tour of the Rostock naval base and a F260 Braunschweig corvette that will participate in the exercise.

IDA’s Korea Expert Quoted

Katy Oh HassigSFRD’s Katy Oh Hassig was quoted in an NBC News report concerning her opinion of the recent case of the Korean defector Lim Ji-hyeon – from the North to the South and back again. According to Dr. Oh Hassig, the “video and the words she [Lim Ji-hyeon ] uses in it smack of a propaganda ploy by the North Koreans.”

IDA Well Represented at WEAI

David S. C. ChuIDA had a significant presence at the 92nd Annual Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Conference in San Diego from June 25 to 29, 2017. IDA President David S.C. Chu chaired a session addressing major defense management challenges. CARD and SFRD researchers presented ten papers on a wide range of topics.

IDA Senior Fellow to Speak at NATO

David AlbertsThe NATO Chief Scientist, on behalf of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, invited SFRD’s David Alberts to present a keynote speech during the NATO 11th Operations Research and Analysis Conference, to be held in London, October 2 and 3, 2017. The NATO OR&A Conference brings together the analysis community from NATO commands and agencies, national defense analysis and research organizations, centers of excellence, academia, and industry. The theme of the conference this year will be Enabling Accelerated Military Decision Making.

IDA Researcher Is New MORS President

Joe AdamsSFRD’s Joe Adams assumed the presidency of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS), at their 85th Symposium held at West Point on June 22. In addition to this major presence of IDA at MORS, a number of other IDA researchers were panel members or gave presentations at the Symposium.

STPI Director Moderated Panel at AIAA

Mark LewisMark Lewis, Director of STPI, was at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (the aerospace professional society, of which he was President in 2010-2011) Propulsion and Energy Conference in Atlanta Georgia on July 11. He moderated a panel discussion on “the presidential transition.” In the photo with Dr. Lewis are Sandy Magnus, executive director of AIAA, former astronaut, and member of the NASA Transition team, and Chris Shank, Special Advisor to the SECAF and head of the NASA transition team. Dr. Lewis also served as a panel member on “next steps in hypersonic flight testing.

STPI Researcher Panelist on Emerging Space Technologies

Bhavya LalSTPI’s Bhavya Lal was a panelist at an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that highlighted the implications of emerging space technologies, particularly those provided by smaller space systems. The event focused on the implications of small satellites for DOD missions, including dual-use military and commercial missions, providing advantages in resiliency, agility, deterrence, and coverage.

IDA Researchers’ Article Published in Phalanx

SFRD’s Jim Thomason and Jim Bexfield’s article “A Method for Improving Strategic Decisions and Senior-level Teamwork in US National Security Organizations, Part 2,” was published in the June 2017 issue of Phalanx, the Magazine of National Security Analysis by MORS; their article appears starting on page 40. The article describing IDA’s Integrated Risk Assessment and Management Model (IRAMM) is available as IDA Paper P 8426. The IRAMM is featured in an IDA Research Insights.

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 Contributor to NIST Publication

Steve OlechnowiczITSD researcher Steve Olechnowicz is listed as a significant contributor to a recently released publication of the National Institute of Standards and Technology: NIST Special Publication 800-181, NICE [National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education] Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

IDA Researcher Co-author of Recently Published Book

William DoaneSTPI researcher William Doane is co-author of a recently published book, Knowing the Learner: A New Approach to Educational Information.

STPI Researcher Is Invited Speaker at Small Satellites Workshop

Dr. Bhavya LalSTPI’s Bhavya Lal spoke at the 2017 Small Satellites for Space Weather Research and Forecasting workshop. The workshop was the first dedicated scientific meeting focusing on specific needs of space weather studies using smallsat platforms. Her talk was titled Policy Challenges Related to Use of Small Satellites for Science Applications.

IDA Researcher Discussed DARPA History

Dick Van AttaSFRD researcher Dick Van Atta recently led a discussion on Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Innovation at the launch of the Summer edition of Issues in S&T at the Consortium for Science, Policy, & Outcomes. Dr. Van Atta spoke about how the present institutional culture of DARPA has come about (briefly noting what it’s learned from past mistakes a achievements) and how that model functions now. This issue of the magazine includes Dr. Van Atta’s review of DARPA histories.

IDA Researcher Receives Coverage on Space Talk

Bhavya Lal in Space NewsSTPI Researcher Bhavya Lal has been widely quoted as a result of her talk at the Defense One Tech Summit. Her comments were based on IDA publication P-8335, On-Orbit Manufacturing and Assembly of Spacecraft, of which she was a coauthor. Also, Dr. Lal will brief the IC Space Board on small satellite technologies on July 18.

STPI Director Celebrates NASA’s 100th Anniversary

Mark LewisSTPI Director Mark Lewis served on a panel at the NASA Langley Research Center’s 100th anniversary celebration; the subject of the panel was NASA’s interactions with other agencies. Dr. Lewis’s focus was on high-speed flight. (NASA isn’t that old; Langley began as a National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) center).

IDA Researcher Presents at AIAA

Al PiccirilloOED’s Al Piccirillo gave an invited presentation on “The F-16XL and its Role in NASA Flight Research” to a combined session of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), and the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) held at the Petroleum Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 3. The session, attended by 90 aerospace engineers and university staff members, was held to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the first flight of the F-16XL, which took place on July 3, 1982, in Fort Worth. Dr. Piccirillo’s presentation was based on his book Elegance in Flight : a Comprehensive History of the F-16XL Experimental Prototype and Its Role in NASA Flight Research, which was published by the NASA Aeronautics book program in 2015. His book in electronic form is available in the IDA library.

STPI Researcher Author of Book Chapter

Jason GalloSTPI’s Jason Gallo wrote Chapter 26, “Translating Science into Policy and Legislation: Evidence-Informed Policymaking,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication (2017). The chapter was prepared as NSD-8132. The book is on order by the IDA library.

STPI Researcher To Speak at Tech Summit

Defense One Tech SummitSTPI Researcher Bhavya Lal will be a speaker at the 2nd Annual Defense One Tech Summit at the Newseum on July 13. Dr. Lal will be featured among top technical thinkers in government, academia, Silicon Valley and beyond.

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 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 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.

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