IDA in the Research Community

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 in War on the Rocks
SFRD’s Peter Levine’s article “Building a 21st Century Defense Acquisition Workforce” was published in the May 6 edition of War on the Rocks. This article is based on IDA publication NS P-10620. Mr. Levine suggests that the DoD must stop making hiring decisions position by position and establish a system that enables it to rotate future civilian leaders through a series of time-limited, career-building assignments if it wants to develop employees rather than just managing them for immediate performance.
IDA Researcher Spoke at AAAS Forum
STPI’s Asha Balakrishnan spoke at the Annual AAAS [American Association for the Advancement of Science] Science and Technology Policy Forum on May 2. As a member of the panel on China S&T and Effects on U.S. Research, she focused on China immigration trends in U.S. and their effects on US university research.
IDA Researcher Featured in Bucknell Magazine
The spring 2019 issue of Bucknell Magazine featured CARD’s Madeline Minneci, highlighting her work at IDA. In the article, she also reflects on her undergraduate experience at Bucknell University and how these experiences influenced her career path and led her to IDA.
IDA Board of Trustees Member New U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
General John Abizaid resigned from the IDA Board of Trustees to assume the position of U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The Senate overwhelmingly voted to confirm him to this position on April 10.
IDA Researcher’s Article Published
SFRD’s Peter Levine and coauthor Bill Greenwalt’s article and “What the 809 Panel Didn’t Quite Get Right” appeared in the April 4 online edition of Breaking Defense. The article, based on IDA publication P-10759, recommends changes to the acquisition laws to make it easier for the Department of Defense to access innovative commercial technology. The authors served together on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where they formed a bipartisan team addressing acquisition policy issues.
IDA Publication Cited
The Federal News Network print edition, April 5, in an article “DoD Plans to Cut 18,000 Uniformed Health Positions, but no Clear Plan to Replace Them” cites IDA publication Medical Total Force Management: Assessing Readiness and Cost. The article noted that IDA’s report estimates that DoD could save more than $1 billion over five years by converting military positions that provide care in just eight specific specialties to civilian health jobs.
IDA Staff Member Receives Award Posthumously
The Precision Strike Association paid tribute to former CARD researcher Ginny Sniegon with its annual William J. Perry Award. The award, named in honor of former Secretary of Defense Perry, recognizes exceptional contributions to precision strike systems in the private or public sector; previous recipients include former Vice-President Dan Quayle, Dr. Paul Kaminski, and ADM Scott Swift, former Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet. Mrs. Sniegon was awarded the NDIA Gold Medal as well.
IDA STPI Effort Recognized in Executive Order
On March 26, President Trump signed out an Executive Order (EO) on Electromagnetic Pulses (EMPs), the culmination of a STPI effort. STPI has been an intellectual driver on this topic, and has shepherded the document though the signing process. The Executive order establishes the first ever comprehensive Executive branch policy to improve resilience to EMPs.
IDA STPI Researchers Support National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan
On March 26, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy released the 2019 National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan. The STPI team supported the development of this strategy and action plan and its interagency clearance, and plan to support the implementation. This strategy and action plan builds on the previous (2015) strategy and action plan and updates national policy as the Nation reinvigorates its human space exploration program, reinforces the importance of space-based capabilities for critical national functions and security, and enhances its overall resilience.
IDA Congratulates 2019 AWM Service Award Winner!
Center for Computing Sciences researcher Michelle Snider received the 2019 Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Service Award during a ceremony at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore in January. This award specifically recognizes Dr. Snider’s work on building a new AWM website, thereby helping to create a positive community space to connect women across the mathematical sciences. Dr. Snider also serves on the AWM’s Policy and Advocacy Committee, and has led delegations of mathematicians to Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers on issues facing women in STEM.
IDA Researcher Testified before Members of HASC
SFRD researcher Peter Levine testified before Members of the House Armed Services Committee on March 12; the committee invited non-DoD experts to discuss efforts to recruit and retain the officers needed to provide the leadership and skills that today’s military needs. A full transcript and Mr. Levine’s opening statement are also available.
CCR Deputy Director Won Second Place in Math Contest
Sandy Kutin, deputy director at IDA's Center for Communications Research in Princeton, took second place in the National Museum of Mathematics Masters Tournament on February 26. Bloomberg described the contest with dozens of competitors as “devilishly tough.” Congratulations!
IDA Researcher Named Congressional Nuclear Security Fellow
STPI Researcher Susannah Howieson has been named as one of nine incoming Congressional Nuclear Security Fellows for the 2019 calendar year. While on a leave of absence from IDA, she will be serving in the office of Representative Bill Foster (D-IL).
IDA Report Cited in Recent GAO Report
The recent Government Accountability Office report, Weapon System Sustainment: DOD Needs to Better Capture and Report Software Sustainment Costs (GAO-19-173), cited IDA publication Department of Defense Access to Intellectual Property for Weapon Systems Sustainment. The Congressionally-directed IDA research addressed issues regarding the acquisition of intellectual property rights (technical data and software) and recommended approaches to improving the Department of Defense’s management of the acquisition of intellectual property rights and data for sustainment of weapon systems.
IDA Article Published in Journal
ITSD researchers (pictured left to right) Brian Cohen, Michelle G. Albert, and Elizabeth McDaniel published their article “The Need for Higher Education in Cyber Supply Chain Security and Hardware Assurance” in International Journal of Systems and Software Security and Protection (IJSSSP), Volume 9 (2018), Issue 2.
CARD Deputy Director Is President-Elect of INFORMS
Dave Hunter, CARD’s Deputy Director, is the new President-Elect for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). This means that he will be the President in 2020. With 12,500 members, INFORMS is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to promoting best practices and advances in operations research, management science, and analytics to improve operational processes, decision-making, and outcomes. It offers scholarships and prizes and has recently launched Pro Bono Analytics, where analytics professionals who are willing to volunteer their skills are matched with nonprofit organizations that would benefit from analytical techniques.
IDA Researcher Published in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
SFRD’s John Warden and coauthor Ankit Panda describe the risk of an unconstrained development of North Korean nuclear capabilities, how arms control would serve U.S. and allied interests, and the parameters of a plausible agreement, including major obstacles that would need to be overcome in their article “Goals for Any Arms Control Proposal with North Korea” in the February 13 issue of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
IDA Researcher Published in Lawfare
ITSD’s Michael Fischerkeller and coauthor Richard Harknett flesh out the logic of agreed competition and how the concept applies to military operating domains other than cyberspace and more expansive strategic competition in their recently published article “What Is Agreed Competition in Cyberspace?” in the February 19 blog Lawfare. The article was prepared as IDA publication NSD-10415.
IDA Hosted Cyberspace Symbology Workshop
IDA hosted the first-ever DoD Cyberspace Symbology Workshop on February 21 and 22. In support of the Joint Staff and DISA Chairmen, IDA researchers (pictured left to right) Erick McCroskey (OED), Chuck Mock (OED), and Tom Strickland (ITSD) facilitated three different working groups, provided subject matter expertise, consolidated recommendations, and presented each day’s results to the plenary session.
IDA Researcher Was Guest Webinar Speaker
STPI’s Alexis McKittrick was a guest speaker on the Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office’s quarterly webinar held February 19. She discussed the recently released, STPI-authored report, Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Roadmap. Dr. McKittrick was joined on the webinar by DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Daniel Simmons, who provided an update on geothermal progress and priorities at DOE.
Upcoming MORS Conference on Urban Warfare
JAWD’s Alec Wahlman is co-chair for the MORS conference on Analysis of Urban Warfare, April 2-5 in Quantico. This is the first MORS meeting focused on urban warfare since 2001. Attendees can register for just the first day, or all four. For more information go directly to the MORS event site.
IDA Researcher Presented at SWE Tampa
SFRD researcher Deena Disraelly presented her session, Engineering Solutions to the Government's Toughest Challenges, at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE)’s Local Tampa conference on Saturday, February 16. She explained that there are more opportunities than ever for female engineers to interact with government and contribute to both problem solving and decision making that will affect society for years to come.
IDA Hosts SWE Event in Baltimore
STPI’s Leslie Abrahams was the Host Committee Chair at the SWE Local Baltimore event on February 8 and 9 at the Baltimore Convention Center. IDA Vice President for Management Linda Huntt gave remarks as host of the Power Hour. STPI’s Alexis McKittrick and Leslie Abrahams and SFRD’s Deena Disraelly presented at sessions during the conference, and OED’s Laura Itle represented IDA at the SWE Career Fair.
IDA Researcher Awarded Postdoctoral Publication Prize
SED’s Patrick Jaffke spoke about his winning research at the Seaborg Institute Seminar on February 7. The article, for which he received the Postdoctoral Publication Prize in Actinide Science – “Hauser-Feshbach fission fragment de excitation with calculated macroscopic-microscopic mass yields” – was published in Physical Review C in March 2018.
DOE Releases IDA FORGE Publication
Pictured left to right, STPI’s Alexis McKittrick, Leslie Abrahams, Christopher Clavin, Robert Rozansky, and Daniel Bernstein developed the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Roadmap under tasking by Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office. It was officially released on February 8 at 10:00 a.m. The objective of this roadmap is to provide technical research recommendations to DOE GTO, FORGE’s Science and Technology Analysis Team (STAT), and the broader research community for the 5 years of FORGE’s operation as an enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) research site operated by the Utah FORGE team at the Milford, Utah, site.
Center Director Named Fellow of American Mathematical Society
CCRL Director Skip Garibaldi was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. CCRP Director David Saltman and emeritus Director David Goldschmidt, emeritus CCRL Directors Joe Buhler and Al Hales, and Board of Trustees member Jill Mesirov are also Fellows of the AMS.
IDA Researcher Awarded Best Paper
ITSD’s Randy Simpson’s paper Mobile Ad-hoc for Enterprise Level Security, prepared with co-author Kevin Foltz, earned the Best Paper Award of International Conference on Computer Science and Applications 2018. For more information about publishing in peer-reviewed journals, contact your division director.
IDA Researcher’s Monograph Published
SFRD’s Michael Fitzsimmons, currently on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment with the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute, has a new monograph published for that agency. Dr. Fitzsimmons discussed the possibilities and pitfalls of scenario planning and strategy in the Pentagon.
IDA Researcher Interviewed on Government Matters
Mike McCord, an Adjunct Research Staff Member in CARD, appeared on the January 14 edition of Government Matters. As a member of the National Defense Strategy Commission and former comptroller at the Defense Department, he argued that, while a transaction database could assist in future auditing at the Pentagon, it’s important that it provide information, and not just data.
IDA Researcher Cited in Economist Article
The January 12 issue of the The Economist cited an article that STPI’s Shirley Han coauthored; “China’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research environment: A snapshot,” published in PLOS ONE (April 18, 2018). The article argues that the current direction of education and inquiry in China is turning inward, away from openness that is central to innovative thinking.
IDA Researchers Developed an R Package
SFRD’s Michael Guggisberg and Amrit Romana recently developed an R package “BiProbitPartial” as an IDA CRP; it is now publicly available on the CRAN repository. The package provides a suite of functions to perform frequentist and Bayesian estimation and prediction using the bivariate probit with partial observability model.
IDA Researcher Spoke on Election Security
David Mussington, an adjunct research staff member in ITSD, delivered a plenary talk at the December 3 Penn State Symposium on Election Security. He addressed election cybersecurity, cyber conflict, and U.S. national security. A professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and former member of the Obama Administration National Security Council Staff, Dr. Mussington was one of dozens of experts from across the country.
Congratulations to IDA Scholar Tom Wallace
IDA congratulates SFRD Research Staff Member Tom Wallace on completion of his MS in statistics from George Mason University through the IDA Scholar Award program. He is also pursuing a PhD in Computational Social Science from GMU through the IDA Scholar program.
IDA Researchers Briefed Defense Science Board
On December 12, JAWD researchers (pictured from left to right) Meg Barber, Bill Sorrells, Mark Phillips, and Kevin Woods briefed the Defense Science Board Task Force on Gaming, Exercising, Modeling and Simulation (GEMS) on related studies and perspectives on the utility of GEMS in strategic and operational planning. JAWD RSM Sue Numrich and founding JAWP Director and current IDA consultant Ted Gold are task force members.
IDA Board Member Named USAFA Distinguished Graduate
Edward R. Jayne, Trustee Emeritus of IDA’s Board of Trustees, was named one of the Air Force Academy’s four Distinguished Graduate honorees for 2018. The award recognizes alumni who have set themselves apart by making a lifetime of significant contributions to our nation and their communities.
Congratulations to IDA Scholar Jessica Huckabey
IDA congratulates JAWD Research Staff Member Jessica Huckabey on completion of her PhD in history through the IDA Scholar Award program. Her University of Leeds (UK) dissertation was “Sea power rivalry: The influence of Admiral Gorshkov on American Naval Thought, 1963-1985.”
IDA Author Published
On January 7, IAD’s Stephanie Burchard, with coauthor Stephen Burgess, published “U.S. Training of African Forces and Military Assistance, 1997–2017: Security versus Human Rights in Principal–Agent Relations” in the journal African Security. The article was prepared as IDA publication NSD-9068.
IDA STPI Researchers Support Interagency STEM Education Strategy
On, December 4, the White House National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education released a five-year strategic plan, “Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education.” STPI researchers supported the development of this plan through research and analysis of existing and previous Federal STEM programs; facilitating writing team sessions with a wide variety of Federal stakeholders; assisting the teams with writing and document structure; and incorporating feedback into the draft plan.
IDA Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Chu announced by Staff Notice that Ms. Jean Conley will take office as our next Chief Financial Officer in late January. Dean Graves will transition to a new role as Director, Special Projects.
IDA Researcher to Speak at West Coast Aerospace Forum
SFRD’s Peter Levine will speak at the 4th Annual West Coast Aerospace Forum, which will be held at RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, on November 30. He will sit on a panel on defense acquisition and innovation. His talking points are based on a War on the Rocks article, originally produced as IDA Publication NSP-9267.
IDA Researcher on Panel of Women Leaders in College Sports
OED’s Laura Itle discussed IDA’s SAFETY Act work on securing soft targets during a panel at the Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention in October. The panel is summarized in an article, “Learn How SAFETY Act Can Help Protect Athletics Venues,” in College Athletics and the Law, published November 13.
IDA Researcher Published in Survival
SFRD’s Michael Fitzsimmons discusses the impacts of the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in this new article “Russian Strategy and the End of the INF Treaty” published by the journal Survival. (Dr. Fitzsimmons is currently on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment with the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute.)
SpaceNews Quotes IDA Researcher
The November 18 issue of SpaceNews quotes STPI Researcher Bhavya Lal and cites IDA Publication Global Trends in Small Satellites. Speaking at a November 15 Space Foundation panel on Capitol Hill titled “The SmallSat Revolution,” Dr. Lal observed that when the smallsat movement started, the thinking was the major support by the government wasn’t going to be needed; that’s turning out not to be the case. Other panelists included Steve Nixon, president of the SmallSat Alliance, Chirag Parikh, deputy director for counterproliferation at National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and Karen St. Germain, director of systems architecture and advanced planning at National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).
IDA Researchers Framing the Discussion for Testing Autonomous Systems
STD’s Dave Sparrow and CARD’s David Tate recently spoke at three key events – a Center for Strategic and International Studies panel at the release of their new report Artificial Intelligence and National Security: The Importance of the AI Ecosystem, which cites three separate IDA papers co-authored by Dr. Sparrow and/or Dr. Tate; a U.S.-UK Technical Exchange Meeting; and a Verification of Autonomous Systems working group meeting related to the Department of Defense’s prioritization of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy.
IDA Researcher Received Best Paper Award
ITSD’s Randy Simpson received the Best Paper Award of the 2018 International Conference of Information Security and Internet Engineering. Enterprise End-point Device Management, co-written by ITSD’s Kevin Foltz, was prepared as IDA NS D-8871. Dr. Simpson presented the paper at the conference in London in July. Dr. Simpson also received the Best Oral Presentation at the 8th International Conference on Electronics, Communications and Networks (CECNet2018) in Bangkok Thailand.
IDA Researcher Named I/ITSEC Fellow
JAWD’s Sue Numrich will be named the 2018 I/ITSEC Fellow at the organization’s conference in Orlando at a Signature Event on November 26. As a Fellow, Dr. Numrich authored this year’s Fellow’s paper and presentation – Lessons Unlearned: Barrier or Key to the Future? – prepared as IDA publication NSD-10307. I/ITSEC is an international conference with attendance of about 15,000 technical and military personnel.
IDA Researcher Taught Professional Development Course
STPI’s Asha Balakrishnan spoke at a new professional development course on space security and space policy issues from the CSIS Aerospace Security Project on November 7-8. She led a discussion on Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management.
IDA Researcher’s Article Published in Lawfare
The 2018 Welch Award winning team of ITSD’s Michael Fischerkeller and Dr. Richard J. Harknett of the University of Cincinnati (not pictured) published their latest article “Persistent Engagement and Tacit Bargaining: A Path Toward Constructing Norms in Cyberspace” in the November 9 issue of Lawfare, an online blog dedicated to exposing hard national security choices.
IDA Researcher Interviewed on Federal News Network
SFRD’s Peter Levine was interviewed on November 5 about his latest paper on DoD financial management and the defense audit by radio show host Michael Keegan. In it, Peter relates the history DoD’s 30-year failed effort to achieve an auditable financial statement. He argues that the Department has gone about it wrong.
IDA Researcher Panelist on CONFERS 2018 Panel
IDA researcher Bhavya Lal discussed policy considerations for satellite servicing as a panelist at the CONFERS 2018 Global Satellite Servicing Forum on November 8. CONFERS is an industry-led initiative to leverage best practices to research, develop, and publish non-binding, consensus-derived standards for on-orbit servicing and rendezvous proximity operations.
IDA Researcher Elected to Neighborhood Commission
STPI researcher Ian Simon was elected last Tuesday to DC’s Ward 2 Advisory Neighborhood Commission. As a Commissioner, he will represent the views of residents of in his Single Member District (SMD). Established in the 1970’s, ANCs are made up of locally elected representatives to make sure each neighborhood is well-served by District government. After deliberation and votes, the ANC advises the Mayor, City Council, and executive agencies in local matters such as parking, zoning, traffic, liquor licenses, and permits. Congratulations, Ian!
IDA Report Recognized Internationally
STPI’s Jason Gallo was an invited speaker at the European Commission and Executive Committee of the Arctic Observing Summit to present at the Towards a Roadmap for Coordinated Arctic Observing meeting during the second Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin in October. His talk was based on IDA Group Report NS GR-8509 and subsequent STPI analysis. STPI’s work was cited in various presentations at the meeting in a report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, “Impact Assessment Study on Societal Benefits of Arctic Observing Systems,” which was released during the meeting in Berlin.
IDA Researcher Spoke at High Integrity Language Technology Workshop
ITSD’s David Wheeler spoke on November 5 at the High Integrity Language Technology (HILT 2018) Workshop in Boston on Languages and Tools for Ensuring Cyber-Resilience in Critical Software-Intensive Systems. His talk was on “Approaches to Cyber-Resilience through Language System Design.” ITSD’s Clyde Roby moderated the session.
IDA Researcher Nominated to Board
STPI’s Bhavya Lal was nominated for a second 2-year term to be part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). ACCRES was established in 2002 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.
IDA Congratulates Recipient of the Theodore Von Karman Award!
Photo, Dr Mark J. Lewis, Director, STPI | STPI STIP Director Mark Lewis received the Air Force Association Theodore Von Karman Award for the most outstanding contribution in the field of science and engineering. The award was presented on September 17 at the 2018 Air Force Association’s 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference Opening and Awards Ceremony at the Gaylord in National Harbor.
IDA Research to Moderate Panel
Photo, Dr Serena Chan, Research Staff Member | ITSD ITSD’s Serena Chan moderated a technical panel on “DoD Public Safety Communications and 9-1-1” on October 29 at the MILCOM 2018 conference in Los Angeles. This panel discussed the goals to implement standards-based, end-to-end, IP-based 9-1-1 capabilities within DoD; retire legacy 9-1-1 systems; and interconnect the civilian and military 9-1-1 systems, without any degradation in service.
IDA Researcher on Space Threats Panel
Photo of Bhavya Lal STPI’s Bhavya Lal participated in a panel on space threats (entitled Space Wars: The Reality of Space Threats) at WeDC Fest, a conference, held September 26-28, for the innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and government leaders. The conference featured 150 speakers who discussed everything from economic development and technology to health care and space.
In the panel moderated by Politico’s space editor Jacqueline Klimas, Bhavya let her co-panelists comment on Space Force and focused on the lesser known challenges from and in space – orbital debris mitigation, and asteroid impacts.
IDA Researchers Participated in Invitation-Only Global Security Forum
Dan Chiu, Director, JAWD On September 21, JAWD Director Dan Chiu and STPI Researcher Bhavya Lal participated in a Global Security Forum experts’ workshop at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
The objective of the workshop was to develop achievable, high-impact initiatives that will better-enable the United States to deal with emerging and future gray zone challenges.
IDA Researcher Is Next Assistant Secretary of the Army
John E. Whitley, IDA's Cost Analysis and Research Division The U.S. Senate confirmed CARD’s John Whitley on September 18 as the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller). He assumed his new position on September 26.
IDA Researchers Participated in AMOS Conference in Hawaii
photos of IDA researchers, Bhavya Lal and Asha Balakrishnan STPI’s Bhavya Lal and Asha Balakrishnan participated in the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference in Maui, which took place from September 11 to 14.
STPI Director Lectured on Hypersonic Flight
Dr. Lewis at NASA STPI Director Mark Lewis recently lectured on “Hypersonic Flight: Challenges, Successes and Opportunities” in NASA’s Langley's Pearl Young Theater as part of the center's Colloquium Series lecture. Dr. Lewis described the boom-and-bust cycles in the field of hypersonics: In order to help alleviate that trend, he added there needs to be coordinated efforts between the agency and its private partners to invest and retain young talent, emphasize wide-tunnel testing to compliment computer-based data collecting and to set realistic expectations on the technology. “Sometimes, we’re our own worst enemies that we tend to hype hypersonics,” he said. “I think it’s different this time.”
IDA Researchers Spoke at Conference in Japan
Photos of IDA researchers, Jason Gallo and Emily Sylak-Glassman STPI’s Jason Gallo and Emily Sylak-Glassman were invited to provide the keynote briefing to the “International Workshop on the Policy Relevant Science Study: Policy Relevancy of the Arctic Marine Research Activities” held at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology in Yokohama, Japan, August 30-31, 2018.
IDA Researcher Briefs U.S.-Chile DCC
CARD's Paul Thompson CARD’s Paul Thompson participated in the XXVII U.S.-Chile Defense Consultative Committee (DCC) in Santiago, Chile, on July 24 where he gave a 30-minute brief on the U.S.-Chile Defense Institution Reform Initiative (DIRI) collaboration. He was part of a 16-person U.S. delegation to the Chilean Ministry of Defense led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs Sergio de la Peña.
IDA Congratulates SWE Prism Award Recipient!
Dr. Deena Disraelly, 2018 Prisum Award SFRD’s Deena Disraelly was selected to receive the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 2018 Prism Award. The Prism Award recognizes a woman who has charted her own path throughout her career, providing leadership in technology fields and professional organizations along the way. She will be recognized at SWE’s WE18 Conference awards banquet on October 20 in Minneapolis. Dr. Disraelly was nominated by STPI’s Alexis McKittrick.
IDA President Participated in Panel Discussion on the Minerva Research Initiative
Photo, IDA President, David S.C. Chu IDA President David S.C. Chu was an invited participant on a panel discussion of the Minerva Research Initiative, a DoD grant program that supports social science research aimed at improving understanding of security issues, broadly defined. The panel discussion took place on July 19 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
IDA Korea Expert Interviewed
Photo, Katy Oh SFRD’s Katy Oh was quoted extensively in an article “Experts: South Korea’s '386 Generation' Favors Kim Regime Over U.S.,” in the August 8 issue of Homeland 411, an online homeland security news source. She defines the 386 generation and describes how their opinions and thought processes differ from those of their parents. The term, coined in the early 1990s, derives from what was then the latest computer model, Intel’s 386, and refers to people then in their 30s, having attended university in the 1980s, and born in the 1960s.
IDA Researcher’s Article Published in Defense AT&L
Photo, Peter Levine SFRD Senior Fellow Peter Levine’s recent article “Commercial Items – If Only It Were So Easy” was published in the July-August 2018 issue of Defense AT&L, a publication of the Defense Acquisition University.
IDA Researcher Appeared on Government Matters
Photo, Peter Levine on the set of Government Matters SFRD’s Peter Levine appeared on Sunday’s Government Matters to discuss the process of splitting the DoD’s office of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics into two new offices: Acquisition & Sustainment and Research & Engineering. He appeared on a panel with former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness David Berteau and former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics John Young, Jr.
STPI Director Quoted in Air Force Magazine
Photo, Mark Lewis STPI’s Director Mark Lewis was quoted at length in “The Great Hypersonic Race” in the August 2018 issue of Air Force Magazine as a leading expert in hypersonics – aircraft and missiles that can cruise and maneuver at five times the speed of sound (Mach 5) or faster. Dr. Lewis is a former chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force.
IDA Researcher Appointed as Local Host Committee Chair for SWE
Photo, Leslie Abrahams STPI’s Leslie Abrahams has been appointed as a Local Host Committee Chair for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). This chair position functions as the interface between society level leadership and local Baltimore-Washington area members. In addition to serving on the Baltimore-Washington section SWE Board for FY19, as Local Host Committee Chair, Dr. Abrahams will be responsible for leading the planning of the WE Local conference in Baltimore on February 8 and 9, 2019.
IDA Division Director to Appear on PodCast
Photo, John Harvey SFRD Director John Harvey, former Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, has been invited to participate in a Blog Talk broadcast, Midrats on July 8 from 5 to 6 p.m. The show will be broadcast live over Blog Talk radio and later streamed on the cdr salamander blog. This blog responds to current naval issues; the focus of this show will be the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain collisions, one year later – what’s happened since then?
IDA Researchers Present at 15th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium
Photo, Greg Davis, Mark F. Kaye, David McNicol, David Tate and David Sparrow Pictured from left to right, CARD’s Greg Davis, Mark F. Kaye, David McNicol, and David Tate and STD’s David Sparrow presented at the prestigious Annual Acquisition Research Symposium hosted by the Naval Postgraduate School. All topics for presentation were selected through a submission process and included regulatory burden impact on weapons acquisition, factors affecting weapons systems cost growth, quantification of affordability risk, and weapons system cost containment.
IDA Researchers Help Facilitate STEM Education Summit
Photo, STPI Science Policy Fellows and Research Staff Members STPI Science Policy Fellows and Research Staff Members helped facilitate the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) State-Federal STEM Education Summit, held June 25 and 26 at the National Science Foundation. The STPI team is working with OSTP to support the development of a new federal five-year strategic plan for STEM education in compliance with the America COMPETES [Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science] Reauthorization Act of 2010.
IDA Researcher Completes Term as MORS President
Photo, Joe Adams SFRD’s Joe Adams presided over the commencement of the MORS 86th symposium hosted by the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, completing his term as MORS President. The symposium involved more than 900 participants and 700 distinct research presentations.
Congratulations to IDA Scholar Karen Buckley!
Photo, Karen Buckley IDA congratulates IAD Research Staff Member Karen Buckley on completion of her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy at George Mason University through the IDA Scholar Award program.
IDA Researcher’s Article Published
Photo, Garrett Redfield IAD’s Garrett Redfield’s article “North Korea: A Strava Perspective” was published in the May 31 online issue of The Diplomat. His article analyzes patterns evident in the Strava (a mobile phone fitness app company) “heatmap” and discusses what they may imply about Pyongyang’s policy toward foreigner interactions with its citizens.
IDA Researcher Received Best Paper Award
Photo, Randy Simpson ITSD’s Randy Simpson received the Best Paper Award from the International Conference on Computer Science and Applications 2017, for his paper on “Enterprise Level Security: Insider Threat Counter-Claims.” The award is based on reviewer reports and evaluation score results from conference committee members during the conference.
Congratulations to IDA Scholar Miranda Seitz-McLeese!
Photo, Miranda Seitz-McLeese IDA congratulates ITSD Research Associate Miranda Seitz-McLeese on completion of her Masters of Science program in Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Georgetown University through the IDA Scholar Award program.
CCR-P Director on MoMath Panel … and Twitter!
Photo, David Saltman CCR-P’s Director David Saltman appeared as a panelist at the National Museum of Mathematics, sharing what a typical day of math looks like for him. He appeared with three other mathematicians: Julia Kemp, who works in quantitative finance; Alex Kontorovich, a Professor of Math at Rutgers; and Ken Perlin is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NYU and the Director of the Future Reality Lab. The museum is the country’s only museum dedicated to mathematics.
IDA Researcher on Government Matters
Photo, Peter Levine on Government Matters SFRD’s Peter Levine was a guest on the Government Matters program on May 23. He discussed the proposed cuts to the fourth estate in the House version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act as well as the restructuring efforts going on throughout the Department of Defense.
IDA Researcher Testified on the Hill
Photo, Bhavya Lal STPI’s Bhavya Lal testified Thursday, May 17, before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on IDA research contained in IDA Publication P-8247: Market Analysis of a Privately Owned and Operated Space Station. The hearing live-streamed on the committee’s website and on their YouTube channel. Her testimony received coverage in the media.
IDA Researcher Published
Photo, Robert Richbourg JAWD Researcher Robert Richbourg’s article “It’s Either a Panda or a Gibbon: AI Winters and the Limits of Deep Learning” has been published in the May 10 War on the Rocks. In it, Dr. Richbourg discusses the concept of the artificial intelligence “winter.” He also suggests defense analysts assume a note of caution when considering the potential benefits of AI to the military enterprise.
IDA Researchers Study NIH-Funded Research Awards
Photo, Shirley Han, Sharon Williams, and Brian Zuckerman In a new publication from PLOS ONE, STPI researchers (pictured from left to right) Shirley Han, Sharon Williams, and Brian Zuckerman investigated the amount of translational research produced from three types of NIH-funded research awards between 2008 and 2014: basic research grants in the behavioral and social sciences, applied research grants in the behavioral and social sciences, and the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), a program that specifically targets translational research. The study, which stemmed from STPI research for the National Institutes of Health, is based on IDA Publication NSD-8895. PLOS ONE described the results in this press release.
IDA Researcher’s Book Makes List
Photo, Alec Wahlman The Modern War Institute at West Point recently put out a list of 15 “War Books: Preparing for Urban Warfare,” in which JAWD’s Alec Wahlman’s Storming the City: U.S. Military Performance in Urban Warfare from World War II to Vietnam is included. On a related note, MORS intends to conduct a “special meeting” on urban warfare next year (April 2019 in Quantico); Dr. Wahlman will be a co-chair for that meeting.
IDA Researcher to Chair NAPA Panel
Photo, Mike Dominguez CARD’s Mike Dominguez has been selected to chair a National Academy of Public Administration panel that will provide an organizational assessment of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB). The DNFSB is an independent body that provides recommendations and advice to the President and the Secretary of Energy regarding public health and safety issues at Department of Energy defense nuclear facilities.
IDA Researcher New VP of INFORMS Roundtable
Photo, Dave Hunter CARD’s Dave Hunter was elected in December to a two-year term as the Vice President (Meetings) of the INFORMS [Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences] Roundtable. Dr. Hunter has been the IDA representative on the INFORMS Roundtable since 2011.
IDA Researcher’s Space Weather Strategy Article Published
Grpahic, image of front page of publication STPI’s Seth Jonas and William Murtagh of NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, writing for Eos Editor’s Vox, address the issue of space weather incidents and how the Nation might face them in their front-page article “White House Seeks Input to Update Space Weather Strategy.”
IDA Researcher Portrayed in Major Motion Picture
Photo, Mark Nutsch in Northern Afghanistan JAWD’s Mark Nutsch, a former Special Forces Commander and current IDA Adjunct RSM, is featured in a YouTube clip where he talks about the upcoming film, 12 Strong (January 19 release). Mr. Nutsch, former commander, Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (SFODA) 595, is portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the new movie. An IDA/DARPA team traveled to Afghanistan in October/November of 2002 with Mark and other members of his team to collect information to recreate the battle in simulation and multimedia in a task led by JAWD – Mazar-e Sharif Battle Reconstruction – A 21st Century Textbook. The IDA YouTube trailer for IDA’s project is located at Learning from the First Victory of the 21st Century: Mazar-e Sharif.
Nomination of IDA Researcher as Assistant Secretary of the Army
John E. Whitley, IDA's Cost Analysis and Research Division President Trump is nominating CARD Senior Fellow John E. Whitley to serve as assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller. Dr. Whitley has served in IDA’s Cost Analysis and Research Division since 2010.
IDA President to Speak at Bipartisan Policy Center
IDA President David S.C. Chu IDA President David S.C. Chu will speak at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) in a session Thursday, January 18; the program will run from 10 am to noon. The general topic is Citizen Soldiers or Warrior Caste: Who will serve in America’s future military? Dr. Chu will summarize the principal points in the F.A.S.T. Report from the BPC panel of which he was a member.
IDA Researcher’s Article Published in the Journal of Econometrics Methods
SFRD's Michael Guggisberg SFRD’s Michael Guggisberg just published “Misspecified Discrete Choice Models and Huber-White Standard Errors” in the Journal of Econometric Methods. Although IDA does not subscribe to the journal, you can reach the abstract page.
Government Matters Video Interviews with Dr. Chu
IDA President Dr. David S.C. Chu being interviewed on News Channel 8 Government Matters IDA President David S.C. Chu was recently interviewed on News Channel 8’s Government Matters, a multi-platform news program dedicated to providing non-partisan information and analysis to federal managers, contractors, and those supporting the federal marketplace. In the most recent posting, Dr. Chu discussed the Defense Department’s policy change for civilian layoffs during a workforce reduction. This video and others are posted on IDA’s YouTube channel.
Prestigious ATIA Award Presented to IDA Researcher
Jim Carlson IAD’s Jim Carlson was recently presented with the MASINT Founder’s Award. This award is presented by the Advanced Technical Intelligence Association (formerly MASINT) to recognize outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of significant professional service of benefit to national MASINT goals and objectives. This award is particularly notable in that it is not given every year – only on select occasions.
IDA’s Newest Board Member Honored
Rick Ledgett, IDA's board member Rick Ledgett, who retired in April after nearly three decades at the NSA and was elected to IDA’s Board of Trustees in November, received the National Security Medal from President Trump in an afternoon presentation in the Oval Office on January 4.
IDA Researcher on Federal News Radio
John E. Whitley, IDA's Cost Analysis and Research Division CARD’s John Whitley gave an engaging hour-long interview with Michael J. Keegan on Insight by Business of Government Hour on Federal News Radio on January 9. He discussed his article Five Actions to Improve Military Hospital Performance (IDA publication D-8758) and how DoD could use the Congressional reform direction that has been provided to improve mission accomplishment and control costs.
IDA Researcher Quoted
Photo, Leslie Abrahams STPI’s Leslie Abrahams was quoted as an expert in “Increased LNG Exports Would Spell Trouble for Climate — Study,” in the December 15 E&E News. The article referenced Dr. Abrahams’ Ph.D. work, which is relevant to her current STPI portfolio.
IDA Researcher Featured in Johnson Space Center Year-End Video
Shelley Cazares STD researcher Shelley Cazares, who participated in a 6-week NASA closed-habitat experiment at the Johnson Space Center [Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA)], is featured in the 2017 Johnson Space Center Year in Review (see her at the 2:54 minute mark).
STPI Director Quoted in Investor’s Business Daily
Mark Lewis STPI Director Mark Lewis was quoted recently in Hypersonic Weapons: The Biggest Warfighting Disrupter Since Stealth Is Coming, an article published by Investor’s Business Daily.
IDA Researcher Published
Irvin Boyles CARD researcher Irvin Boyles was coauthor of “On Becoming a Board-Qualified Chief Developmental Tester,” published in the ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation, December 2017. The article was based research for IDA publication NSD-8033, Developmental Test and Evaluation “Shifting Left” to Improve Defense System Reliability, an SED task (unclassified final available to IDA staff through the library).
IDA Participates in National Academies Symposium
Sarah Burns CARD Researcher Sarah Burns presented a case study – Analyses for accurate population modeling – at the Principles for Data-Driven Decision Making Symposium on September 14 at the Keck Center in Washington, DC. The case study was based on a previous IDA study: Analyses of Military Healthcare Benefit Design and Delivery: Study in Support of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. The full video of her presentation is now available.
STPI Cosponsors Space Policy Seminar Series
Space Policy and History Forum STPI is cosponsoring a seminar series at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum on space policy. The first seminar in the series was December 11; the timing could not have been better given the President’s announcement directing NASA to send humans to the Moon. The seminar was standing room only.
IDA Researcher Quoted in Education Week Article
Dexter Fletcher with IDA's President, Dr. Chu STD’s Dexter Fletcher was quoted in an a recent Education Week article “How ‘Intelligent’ Tutors Could Transform Teaching.” Dr. Fletcher’s article “Effectiveness of Intelligent Tutoring Systems – A Meta-Analytic Review,” published in Review of Educational Research and earned him IDA’s 2016 Welch Award for Best External Publication.
IDA Center Director Featured in American Mathematical Society Annual Report
Photo, David Saltman David Saltman, Director of IDA’s Center for Communications Research-Princeton, was featured in the 2016 Annual Report of the American Mathematical Society.
STPI Researchers’ Paper to Appear in Space Weather
Becaja Caldwell The editors of Space Weather have selected a paper by STPI researchers Becaja Caldwell and Seth Jonas – “An Abridged History of Federal Involvement in Space Weather Forecasting” to be featured as a Research Spotlight on both the EOS and journal websites. Research Spotlights summarize the research and findings of the best accepted articles for the broad Earth and space science community. The paper was developed from a presentation that the authors gave at the 2017 American Meteorological Society meeting.
IDA Researchers’ Article Published
Greg Cox and Priscilla Guthrie ITSD’s Greg Cox and Priscilla Guthrie’s article “Getting ‘Cyber’ Right for the Department of Defense” was published in the November 9 edition 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.
IDA Researcher Contributor to NIST Publication
Steve Olechnowicz ITSD 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 Elected to American Academy of Diplomacy
George Ward IAD research staff member and editor of IDA’s Africa Watch newsletter, former Ambassador George Ward, was elected to the 2017 class of the American Academy of Diplomacy. The Academy’s mission is to support and strengthen U.S. diplomacy and enhance public appreciation of its critical role in advancing the national interest. Academy members are former career and non-career U.S. government officials who have served with distinction in international affairs.
IDA Researcher Co-author of Recently Published Book
William Doane STPI researcher William Doane is co-author of a recently published book, Knowing the Learner: A New Approach to Educational Information.
IDA Researcher To Receive 2018 AIAA Survivability Award
Vincent Volpe OED researcher Vincent Volpe has been selected to receive the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Survivability Award, which will be presented at the 2018 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2018) in January. His citation will read: “For pioneering efforts as founding member of AIAA Survivability Technical Committee and more than 40 years of outstanding technical contributions to aircraft survivability community.”
STPI Researcher Is Invited Speaker at Small Satellites Workshop
Bhavya Lal STPI’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 Researchers at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Hannah Acheson-Field and Leslie Abrahams STPI researchers Hannah Acheson-Field and Leslie Abrahams spoke at the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference held in Orlando from October 4 – 6. They led a series of six discussions, primarily for students, on “Careers in Science and Technology Policy.” The Grace Hopper Celebration is a large and diverse conference, with more than 18,000 students, professionals, and academics in attendance this year.
IDA Researchers Assist NATO
Photo of Julia Burr and Lucas LaViolet SFRD’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.
The 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 Researcher Speaks at OSU Mershon Center for International Security Studies
IDA Researcher of ITSD, Michael Fischerkeller ITSD’s Michael Fischerkeller will speak on October 18 at Ohio State University’s Mershon Center Speaker Series on Deterrence Is Not a Credible Strategy for Cyberspace. His talk is based on IDA publication NSD-8394, which was published in the summer 2017 issue of Orbis, a publication of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
IDA Senior Fellow Speaks at NATO
IDA Senior Fellow, SFRD’s David Alberts The 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, 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 was Enabling Accelerated Military Decision Making.
Welcome, John Harvey!
Photo, John Harvey IDA welcomes SFRD’s new director, ADM John Harvey, USN (ret.), who takes over from Mike Dominguez. He will lead a staff of IDA researchers engaged in research on topics as diverse as nuclear weapons policy and strategy, organizational management and effectiveness, and force capability and force structure analyses.
IDA Researcher Participating in HERA Mission
Shelley Cazares Shelley Cazares of IDA’s Science and Technology Division was selected for a NASA closed-habitat experiment at the Johnson Space Center: Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA). During the experiment Dr. Cazares tweeted about her experience on her HERA mission via her personal handle @smcazares, hashtag #HERA_XIV.
IDA Researcher Moderates Symposiums on Declassified CIA Documents
IDA Researcher, David Rosenberg IAD’s David Rosenberg moderated two public symposiums to discuss recently CIA declassified original source documents and intelligence analyses of the Soviet Navy in the Cold War from the 1950s to the 1980s, which have been posted on the CIA’s FOIA website. The symposiums were a collaboration between the CIA and the Naval Historical Foundation, on whose board Dr. Rosenberg is a member.
IDA Produces Statistical Intervals Package for R Statistical Software
OED researcher Matthew Avery and summer associate John Haman OED 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 among Winners in Crime Forecasting Challenge
IDA Researcher, Brian Rieksts CARD’s Brian Rieksts won two categories in the Real-Time Crime Forecasting Challenge. Participants in the challenge forecasted hotspots for crime in Portland, Oregon. In February 2017, the participants submitted up to 20 forecasts for hotspots for different categories of calls-for-service and different time periods. The challenge was judged based on actual calls-for-service during March through May in 2017. Dr. Rieksts won categories for burglary and car theft over a three-month period scored with the prediction accuracy index.