August 2015

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 August 2015 follow.

Chilean Delegation at IDA

IDA Chilean Delegation 2015A defense delegation from Chile visited IDA from August 24 to 27 as part of the Defense Institution Reform Initiative (DIRI) project underway in Chile. IDA researchers have been working with Chilean defense institutions since December 2011 on necessary reforms due to potential changes in Chilean laws.

The Chileans were here to have technical discussions with IDA and U.S. Defense Department on the next phase of the project which entails potential budget reforms. The IDA DIRI task in Chile includes Mark Tillman (DIRI Chile task leader, SFRD), Bill Greer (SED), Paul Thompson (CARD), and Paul Richanbach (SFRD). Other IDA researchers who participated in the IDA discussions were SFRD's Wade Hinkle (DIRI task leader) and Kathy Conley (SFRD).


IDA Researcher Quoted in Foreign Policy

South Korea Propaganda SpeakersSFRD’s Katy Oh Hassig, respected Asia specialist, was quoted extensively in the August 24 edition of Foreign Policy. In the article “South Korea to Turn Off Propaganda Speakers, but Can It Tone Down Tensions With Pyongyang?” Dr. Hassig describes the frustrations of many South Koreans who feel their government is ineffective in dealing with North Korean provocations.





SED Researcher Published in Defense & Security Analysis

Defense & Security Analysis Volume 31,  Issue 1, 2015 CoverSED Assistant Director Joe Buontempo wrote “A Trajectory for Homeland Ballistic Missile Defense,” which appears online in Defense & Security Analysis, Vol. 31, No. 2, 1–11, 2015; the print version has been published. His article reviews the threats of concern; examines current policy objectives, technical issues for homeland BMD in supporting these objectives, and the likelihood of negating a warhead; and highlights major considerations that should be part of the trajectory the United States takes moving forward.




CARD Researcher’s Article Published

CARD’s Dave Hunter’s article “Roundtable Profile: Analytics at IDA” was published in in this month’s edition of OR/MS Today. His article provides some recent examples of analytical techniques used by IDA researchers to address specific research questions.









CII Badge Program News Release

The Linux Foundation IconITSD’s David A. Wheeler, recognized as an open source software and security research expert, spearheaded the first draft of criteria for the new free Badge Program from the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII). The soft launch, which was announced on August 18, is on GitHub. News of the launch was picked up by several sources, including ThreatPost, zdnet, and Slashdot.

IDA Researcher Published Online

WWII photo JAWD researcher Dr. Alec Wahlman’s article Urban Warfare, Back in the Day, was published in the August 7 issue of War on the Rocks, an online “platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens,” according to their website. Dr. Wahlman’s article describes the battle for Aachen, Germany, in 1944 and some factors that led to the success for the involved U.S. forces.






IDA RAs Attend the Marine Corps Executive Forum

MCEF group photoThis spring, three of JAWD’s Research Associates (Ana Venegas, Tony Johnson, and Chris Ploszaj), along with 16 other civilians from across the country, participated in the Marine Corps Executive Forum (MCEF) in the National Capital Region. Participating leaders included CEOs, academics, and law enforcement officials.

Since 2006, the Marine Corps has used the MCEF program to strengthen the relationship between Marines and communities across the country. The program is held five times a year. Four are held in the National Capital Region and one in Southern California.
During MCEF, leaders spent a full day, sun-up to late night, learning all about the Marine Corps. Activities included a private Q&A session at the Pentagon with Major General Juan G. Ayala, Commander, Marine Corps Installations Command; a ride in an MV-22 Osprey from the Pentagon to and around Marine Corps Base Quantico; a command brief with members of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, and the pilots who fly Marine One; and a special tour of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Participants participated in live-fire training at MCB Quantico, and savored Meals Ready-to-Eat (MREs), the Marine’s culinary delight. The JAWD RAs were also privileged to see the legendary Sunset parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., and join Commandant of the Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., for a reception in the Home of the Commandants.

IDA Research Associate Gives Back

JAWD Research Associates Tony Johnson and Sarah CollinsLast spring, JAWD’s Tony Johnson hosted a promising group of scholars for his alma mater’s – Norwich University – U.S. Security Policy Week. This seminar course – designed to help students gain a greater understanding of the U.S. National Security Enterprise – includes traditional classroom hours and a week-long visit to Washington, D.C., which culminates in an 18-hour strategic simulation.

The participants got face-time with some great leaders, including the following:

  • Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader
  • Tim Rieser, Chief Staff, Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee
  • LTG Mark Bowman, USA, Director for C4/Cyber, J6
  • BG Frank Muth, Director, USA, Army Quadrennial Defense Review Office
  • AMB John Campbell and Mr. Chris Tuttle, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Mr. Adam Hunter, Director for Immigration and the States at the Pew Charitable Trusts

This is the second year that Tony has led the program -- a big effort with a lot of moving parts. Tony expressed gratitude to some very special people in JAWD: Jennifer Goodman, Ana Venegas, Sarah Collins, Kevin Woods, and Jim Kurtz – all of whom volunteered their time, energy, and expertise to help expand the minds of these future leaders.

IDA at Western Economics Association International

Western Economic Association International LogoIDA was well represented at 90th Annual Western Economics Association International in Honolulu, Hawaii from June 28 to July 2. IDA President Dr. David Chu presented a paper and participated on various panels. IDA researchers presented a number of papers and several acted as session chairs or as discussants. The papers listed below are from IDA's Cost Analysis and Research Division (CARD).

The participants got face-time with some great leaders, including the following:

Dr. Chu in the News

National Academy of Public Administration USPTO CoverThings are getting better, but significant problems persist in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s attention-getting telework program, according to an independent review released Friday by the National Academy of Public Administration. “We were struck by the supervisors’ need for better backing,” says IDA’s President, Dr. David Chu, who led the panel of five public policy experts conducting the study. “They need more tools and more authority.” The Washington Post's July 31 issue describes the NAPA report. Last year, the Post outlined the issues that prompted the study.





IDA Research Quoted in the Economist

International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense ConferenceThe August 1, 2015, issue of the Economist quotes STPI’s Bhavya Lal from a role-playing exercise she participated in at the International Academy of Astronautics’ Planetary Defense Conference that she and STPI director Mark Lewis attended in Frascati, Italy, from April 13 to 16.

The conference, held biennially, brought together experts from around the world working in the areas of discovery, tracking, characterization, deflection, and disruption of asteroids or Near Earth Objects (NEO). The conference included a hypothetical exercise – the source of Dr. Lal’s quote – in which a 400-meter asteroid is detected as it heads toward earth.

In addition, Dr. Lal and Dr. Lewis presented findings from the STPI report Alternatives for Detecting Small Near Earth Objects (NEOs), which was coauthored by an IDA SAC/STPI team that included Jennifer Palguta, Bhavya Lal, Abigail Azari, and Jennifer Gai. The conference received wide media coverage.

IDA Researcher Elected to ASA Office

ASA graphicOED’s Laura Freeman was elected Chair of the Statistics in Defense and National Security Section of the American Statistical Association for 2016. The purpose of this section is to provide a forum for statisticians working in the areas of defense, military research, national security, homeland security, and counterterrorism. Dr. Freeman has previously served as the program chair and the treasurer of the section.