IDA in the Research Community Archives, 2020-Q1

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.

Two Papers Published in Defense Acquisition Research Journal
Stanley Horowitz (left) and Bruce Harmon (right) shed light on ways to improve defense acquisition cost estimates in their article, “Inflation and Price Escalation Adjustments in Estimating Program Costs: F-35 Case Study.” They use the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program to demonstrate the effects of using different price indexes in estimating costs. In another article, “Software Productivity Trends and Issues,” David Tate uses defense software supply, demand, and productivity data to assess bottlenecks in meeting demand for software-implemented features in defense weapon systems.
IDA Researchers Published in Joint Force Quarterly
Matthew Hallex (left) and Travis Cottom (right) wrote an article, “Proliferated Commercial Satellite Constellations: Implications for National Security,” that provides an overview of the ongoing development of rapidly increasing commercial satellite systems in the United States and abroad. It also outlines implications of these developments for space security, military operations, and cybersecurity.
Researchers Published in Parameters
IDA’s Ashley Neese-Bybee and Paul Clarke joined another researcher Alex Noyes to write a paper, “Defense Institution Building in Africa,” that discusses the tools and processes for developing successful defense institution building efforts in low-capacity, high-threat African states.
Spotlight on IDA Researcher
Penn State University recently featured Operational Evaluation Division’s Laura Itle in a Spotlight. Laura, who earned a PhD in chemical engineering from the university, talked about what she does to protect the United States from terrorism, a recent prestigious award her team received for their work, and fond memories of her days as a graduate student.
IDA Researcher Offers a Management Reform Agenda in War on the Rocks
In a March 19 article in War on the Rocks, SFRD’s Peter Levine offers specific recommendations for eight areas of management reform in which concrete improvements to DoD organization, policies, and practices could yield significant dividends for the Department.
Research Summary on Modeling the Coronavirus
IDA researchers updated existing contagious disease modeling capabilities with early data from the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to produce preliminary models of this emerging infectious disease. Read about it in the latest issue of IDA Research Summary, “New Models for a New Disease: Simulating the 2019 Novel Coronavirus” by Robert Cubeta, Catherine Schuster, and Stewart Smith of SFRD.
Research Summary on Rapid Contagious Disease Modeling
IDA researchers have developed contagious disease modeling capabilities that can be updated quickly to support civilian and military national security decision makers. This is critical as they plan, evaluate, and respond to emerging infectious disease outbreaks that have the potential to spread globally. Read the Research Summary for more.
IDA Researcher Published in War on the Rocks
Joint Advanced Warfighting Division’s researcher Robert Angevine’s commentary, “Time to Revive Joint Concept Development and Experimentation,” appeared on January 23 in War on the Rocks.”
Watch Video of IDA Researcher on “Uncovering Lottery Shenanigans”
On January 17, Center for Communications and Computing’s Skip Garibaldi gave a talk on, "Uncovering Lottery Shenanigans" at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Denver, Colorado.
IDA Researcher Co-Authors Paper, “Limiting North Korea’s Coercive Nuclear Leverage”
Strategy, Forces and Research Division’s John Warden and Jina Kim from the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses co-authored a paper, “Limiting North Korea’s Coercive Nuclear Leverage.” The paper was published in Survival: Global Politics and Strategy.