May 2016

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 May 2016 follow.

IDA’s President discusses upcoming U.S. presidential transition

Dr. David Chu, President of Institute for Defense AnalysesIDA’s president Dr. David Chu, representing the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), participated in a roundtable discussion on FEDtalk (Federal News Radio, 1500 AM). The panelists discussed the upcoming U.S. presidential transition as it relates to politics and the federal workforce, and what organizations around the federal community are doing to prepare for the transition.

Badge Program To Boost Open Source Security Launched

Core Infrastructure Initiative LogoITSD’s David A. Wheeler spearheaded the recently released CII Best Practices badges as part of the Linux Foundation’s program to improve the quality and security of open-source software. Dr. Wheeler is active in evaluating and improving security practices for open-source software. 

IDA’s Fellows & First Years Field Trip Program

IDA Research Staff and Research Associates from across IDA visited Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall IDA’s Fellows & First Years Field Trip Program, led by SED’s Bill Greer, partners with IDA’s military Fellows to give young IDA researchers firsthand exposure to current military operations they otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience. This year’s trip to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and Arlington National Cemetery was coordinated by USA Fellow Gus Huerter, and the trip to NAS Patuxent River by USAF Fellow Drew Allen. A key component of the program is that IDA’s Military Fellows set up and make the arrangements for and join the trips to provide additional current military perspective.

A dozen “First Year” IDA Research Staff and Research Associates from across IDA visited Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and Arlington National Cemetery on May 3 for a guided tour of activities and facilities of the 3rd U.S. Army Infantry Regiment, also called the Escort to the President and the Old Guard. It is the country’s oldest active infantry unit, dating back to 1784. The Old Guard’s missions include conducting memorial affairs to honor fallen comrades, full honor arrivals for visiting dignitaries, wreath ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and full honor reviews in support of senior Army leaders and retiring soldiers. It oversees the dignified transfers of fallen soldiers returning to the United States. The Caisson Platoon provides riderless horses and caissons in full-honor funerals. The Presidential Escort Platoon serves at presidential funerals, inaugurations, Pentagon retirements, state dinners and state visits at the White House, and during presidential speeches in the Rose Garden, among other duties. The Old Guard also is trained for defense support of civil authorities (DSCA) in the National Capital Region and deploys elements in support of overseas contingency operations.