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’s SWE Video on IDA’s YouTube Channel
SFRD’s Deena Disraelly, an active Society of Women Engineers (SWE) member, is featured on a SWE video: My Journey. My Community. My SWE. Dr. Disraelly discusses her story – how and why she became an engineer – and how important she views the role of women in the organization to be mentors.
IDA Researcher Named Fulbright Scholar
SFRD’s Kayla Matteucci received a Fulbright award that will allow her to do research for 10 months in England, starting in September. Her specific Fulbright is the United Kingdom Open Award, an open study and research grant awarded on the basis of her proposed project.
Peter Levine’s Latest Article
The latest article by SFRD’s Peter Levine appeared in the August 6 War on the Rocks: Can the Pentagon Save Its Way to Better Management? Prepared as IDA publication NSP-10777 Are Savings Goals an Effective Tool for Managing the Pentagon? Mr. Levine argues that savings targets and budget reductions can be a useful driver for management reform, but only if they are based on a specific reform agenda and a thorough knowledge of what it can be expected to accomplish, rather than being established on the basis of wishful thinking.
STPI Director Keynote Speaker at NDIA, Purdue Conference
photo, Mark Lewis STPI Director Mark Lewis delivered the morning keynote address at the inaugural National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Hypersonics Capabilities Conference hosted by NDIA and Purdue University on July 30. Dr. Lewis’s talk also received coverage in Breaking Defense (July 31).
IDA Researcher Testified Before House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
Photo, Dr Bhavya Lal, Research Staff Member | STPI STPI’s Bhavya Lal testified on July 25 at House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics hearing, “The Commercial Space Landscape: Innovation, Market, and Policy.”
IDA Researcher on Space Panel
STPI’s Asha Balakrishnan was a panelist at a briefing on the Global Challenge of Space Traffic Management on July 17. The presentation was part of the 70th International Astronautical Congress Series of Capitol Hill Events.
IDA Researcher Participated in FTC Panel
Photo, George Borlase - STPI ResearcherSTPI’s George Borlase participated in a Federal Trade Commission workshop called “Nixing the Fix” to look at so-called “Right to Repair” issues with consumer products and business electronics. He was on a panel discussing the safety considerations of repairing these products.
IDA Researcher on Chamber of Commerce Space Policy Panel
Small Satellite Integration presentation cover pageSTPI’s Bhavya Lal participated in a policy roundtable entitled Small Satellite Integration: Implications for Encryption, Interference, and Deorbit Assurance on July 9. The roundtable was held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters.
STPI Director To Moderate Panel at John Glenn Memorial Symposium
photo, Mark Lewis STPI’s Mark Lewis will moderate a panel on Hypersonics on July 12 at the Inaugural John Glenn Memorial Symposium, which takes place in Cleveland from July 10 to 12. The focus of the symposium is Powering Innovation from the Sky to the Stars.
IDA Researcher’s Article in War on the Rocks
article cover, War on the Rocks, Ten Rules for Defense Management Reform SFRD’s Peter Levine’s latest article Ten Rules for Successful Defense Management Reform was published in Tuesday’s issue of War on the Rocks. In his commentary, Mr. Levine notes that, although DoD has seen an endless stream of legislation and initiatives to improve defense management, too many have failed because they overlooked simple and obvious rules about why and how management reform works (or doesn't work) in Washington. This article provides ten simple rules that, if followed, will enable future reform leaders to make measurable progress in attacking bureaucracy and inefficiency in the Pentagon.
IDA Researcher Briefs Members of Ministry of Defense in Cameroon and Chad
IAD’s Sydney Deatherage, member of IDA’s Africa Team, recently briefed general officers and other Ministry of Defense officials in Cameroon and Chad as part of SFRD’s institutional capacity building projects in the Lake Chad Region.
IDA Center Director to Address Joint Mathematics Meetings
Photo, Dr Ryan Garibaldi, Director, CCRL | CCRL Director of IDA’s CCR-La Jolla Skip Garibaldi has been invited to give one of the plenary addresses at the Joint Mathematics Meetings(Open external link) in January 2020 in Denver. This joint invitation from two of the societies that sponsor the conference (AMS & MAA) is a rare honor that provides a platform to show IDA as part of the mathematics community.
IDA Researcher’s Latest Article on Defense Spending
SFRD Researcher Peter Levine’s latest article “GAO Needs to Step Up Its Game On Annual Weapons Study” appeared in the June 6 Breaking Defense. The article was prepared as IDA publication P-10692(Open external link). This year’s Government Accountability Office (GAO) assessment of major defense acquisition programs (MDAPs) suffers from serious analytic problems – in particular, the report asserts that the DOD acquisition portfolio suffered from “cost growth” and “deteriorating performance,” when in fact unit costs went down and overall costs increased only because the Department bought more.
IDA Researchers on Hemispheric Defense Studies Panel
Photo, SFRD’s Wade Hinkle and Aaron Taliaferro, and CARD’s Paul Thompson SFRD’s Wade Hinkle and Aaron Taliaferro, and CARD’s Paul Thompson, spoke at the panel discussion, “La Alta Gestión y la Gobernanza de Defensa” (“High Level Management and Governance of Defense”) at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University, on June 5.
IDA Researcher Selected for Data Science Fellowship
Photo, Ms. Natee Johnson, Research Associate | ITSD ITSD Researcher Nateé Johnson started her Flatiron School DC Data Science Fellowship(Open external link) on June 3. During her 15-week, full-time fellowship, she will receive intensive training in exploratory data analysis and descriptive statistics, Python coding, advanced data retrieval and analysis, machine learning, deep learning, and other related modules with a master project at the end.
IDA Research on 5G Will Inform the Development of the National Spectrum Strategy
ITSD’s Karen Gordon and Jonathan Agre, STD’s Marius Vassiliou, and STPI’s Georgia Butcher (pictured left to right) researched 5G and related technologies at the request of OSTP. Their results were delivered to President Trump and released to the public(Open external link) on May 30, as an OSTP report, Emerging Technologies and Their Expected Impact on Non-Federal Spectrum Demand(Open external link). The report is intended to inform the development of the National Spectrum Strategy called for in an October 25, 2018, Presidential Memorandum(Open external link).
IDA Researcher on Government Matters
Photo, Mr Peter K. Levine, Senior Fellow | SFRD, appearing on Government Matters SFRD’s Peter Levine appeared on Government Matters on May 28. He spoke on building new skills and competencies in the Department of Defense acquisition workforce and why a new model of civil service career planning will be required to implement recommended improvements.
IDA Research Reelected to SWE Board of Directors
Photo, Dr Alexis MW McKittrick, Research Staff Member | STPI STPI Researcher Alexis McKittrick has been elected for another term on the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Board of Directors. She starts her two-year term as SWE’s Speaker of the Senate in July.
STPI Members Meet with Vice President Pence
Photo, Official White House Photo of STPI members meeting with Vice President Pence by Myles Cullen On May 23, STPI policy fellows and RSMs working on STPI’s space-related projects met with Vice President Pence; Director of OSTP, Kelvin Droegemeier; Executive Director of the National Space Council, Scott Pace; and other members of the Executive Office of the President. At the meeting at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the STPI group had an opportunity to converse with the Vice President and visit his ceremonial office.
IDA President Participated in Public Hearing
Photo, Dr David S C Chu, President | EXEC Dr. Chu participated in a public hearing, Fostering Critical Skills and Creating New Pipelines(Open external link), before the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service on May 16. The hearing, which was lived streamed, is available on the Commission’s Facebook site.
IDA Researcher on Mars Conference Panel
Photo, Dr Bhavya Lal, Research Staff Member | STPI STPI’s Bhavya Lal spoke at the Humans to Mars Summit 2019(Open external link) at the National Academy of Sciences Building.
IDA Researcher Published in War on the Rocks
SFRD’s Peter Levine’s article “Building a 21st Century Defense Acquisition Workforce(Open external link)” was published in the May 6 edition of War on the Rocks. This article is based on IDA publication NS P-10620(Open external link). 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(Open external link) 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(Open external link), 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(Open external link)” 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(Open external link)” cites IDA publication Medical Total Force Management: Assessing Readiness and Cost(Open external link). 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(Open external link). 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(Open external link) (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(Open external link).
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(Open external link). 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(Open external link) 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(Open external link) during a ceremony at the Joint Mathematics Meetings(Open external link) in Baltimore in January. This award specifically recognizes Dr. Snider’s work on building a new AWM website(Open external link), 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(Open external link) 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(Open external link) and Mr. Levine’s opening statement(Open external link) are also available.
CCR Deputy Director Won Second Place in Math Contest
(Open external link) 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(Open external link).” Congratulations!
IDA Researcher Named Congressional Nuclear Security Fellow
STPI Researcher Susannah Howieson has been named as one of nine incoming Congressional Nuclear Security Fellows(Open external link) 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
(Open external link) The recent Government Accountability Office report, Weapon System Sustainment: DOD Needs to Better Capture and Report Software Sustainment Costs (GAO-19-173)(Open external link), cited IDA publication Department of Defense Access to Intellectual Property for Weapon Systems Sustainment(Open external link). 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(Open external link)” 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(Open external link)” 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?(Open external link)” 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(Open external link). 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(Open external link).
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(Open external link) at the Baltimore Convention Center. IDA Vice President for Management Linda Huntt gave remarks as host of the Power Hour(Open external link). 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(Open external link)” – 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(Open external link) under tasking by Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office. It was officially released(Open external link) 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(Open external link). 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(Open external link), prepared with co-author Kevin Foltz, earned the Best Paper Award of International Conference on Computer Science and Applications 2018(Open external link). 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(Open external link) 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(Open external link). 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.