February 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 February 2015 follow.

IDA Paper Cited in HASC Hearing

Frank Kendall currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L).Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, not only cited an IDA paper, he also actually distributed it to the House Armed Services Committee during his testimony (January 28, 2015). The paper, by CARD’s David McNicol and Linda Wu, reports the results of IDA’s research on whether changes in DoD acquisition policy and process have had a discernible effect on growth of Program Acquisition Unit Cost of major defense acquisition programs.





IDA Researchers Published On Line

Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri is the current leader of al-Qaeda and a current or former member and senior official of Islamist organizations which have orchestrated and carried out attacks in North America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.JAWD’s Kevin Woods and Jessica Huckabey recently published their article Is the Past Prologue for the Islamic State? (February 13, 2015) on the War on the Rocks site, an online forum for analysis and debate among scholars studying war, conflict, and international politics.