Guest Speakers

Through our active engagement with speakers and a variety of collaborative programs, IDA seeks to expand and strengthen its own research capability, develop new initiatives involving national security, and promote its intellectual diversity. The speaker program includes the President’s Colloquia Series, which features distinguished military and civilian leaders who talk on a range of technical and policy issues related to national security. IDA also conducts seminars on specialized topics capitalizing on the knowledge of experts in the fields relevant to IDA’s research programs.

President's Colloquium


Photo, The Honorable Ellen McCarthy

The Honorable Ellen McCarthy
Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research

Photo, The Honorable Alan Shaffer

The Honorable Alan Shaffer
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Photo, Vice Admiral Matthew Kohler

Vice Admiral Matthew Kohler
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence

The Honorable Lisa Porter, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

The Honorable Lisa Porter
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

General Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General Paul Selva
Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Honorable John Gibson II, DoD Chief Management Officer

The Honorable John Gibson II
Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense

The Honorable Robert Daigle, Director, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation

The Honorable Robert Daigle
Director, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation

General David Goldfein, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force

General David Goldfein
Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force

The Honorable Robert Behler, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation

The Honorable Robert Behler
Director, Operational Test and Evaluation

The Honorable Joseph Kernan, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

The Honorable Joseph Kernan
Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Dr. Jeff Pon, Director, Office of Personnel Management

Dr. Jeff Pon
Director, Office of Personnel Management

Dr. Steven Walker, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Dr. Steven Walker
Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

The Honorable Ryan McCarthy, Under Secretary of the Army

The Honorable Ryan McCarthy
Under Secretary of the U.S. Army

The Honorable Richard Spencer, Secretary of the Navy

The Honorable Richard Spencer
Secretary of the U.S. Navy

The Honorable Linda Springer, Former Senior Advisor, Office of Management and Budget, Former Director, Office of Personnel Management

The Honorable Linda Springer
Former Senior Advisor, Office of Management and Budget
Former Director, Office of Personnel Management

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Mr. Chip Fulghum
Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Department of Homeland Security

The Honorable David Norquist, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer

The Honorable David Norquist
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Chief Financial Officer

Vice Admiral Frank Pandolfe, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Vice Admiral Frank Pandolfe
Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command

General Thomas Waldhauser
Commander, U.S. Africa Command

General Joseph L. Votel, Commander, United States Central Command

General Joseph L. Votel
Commander, United States Central Command

General Joseph L. Lengyel, USAF, Chief, National Guard Bureau

General Joseph L. Lengyel, USAF
Chief, National Guard Bureau

Ms. Michele Flournoy, Co-Founder and CEO, Center for a New American Security

Ms. Michele Flournoy
Co-Founder and CEO, Center for a New American Security

Dr. Ellen Williams Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E)

Dr. Ellen Williams
Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E)

Honorable Richard Danzig, Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

HonorableRichard Danzig
Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Admiral John Richardson, USN, Chief of Naval Operations

Admiral John Richardson, USN
Chief of Naval Operations

Dr. Greg Zacharias, Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force (shown with Dr. Lewis, Director, STPI)

Dr. Greg Zacharias
Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force (shown with Dr. Lewis, Director, STPI)

Betty J. Sapp, Director, National Reconnaissance Office

Betty J. Sapp
Director, National Reconnaissance Office

P. W. Singer, Strategist, New America Foundation

P. W. Singer
Strategist, New America Foundation

Honorable Stephen P. Welby, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Honorable Stephen P. Welby
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Admiral Paul Zukunft, USCG, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

Admiral Paul Zukunft, USCG
Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

Admiral Harry Harris, Jr., USN, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Admiral Harry Harris, Jr., USN
Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Honorable Peter Levine, Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense

Honorable Peter Levine
Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense

Honorable Brad Carson, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Under Secretary of the U. S. Army (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Honorable Brad Carson
Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Under Secretary of the U. S. Army (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Honorable William A. LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition)

Honorable William A. LaPlante
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition)

Gregory Treverton, Chairman, National Intelligence Council

Gregory Treverton
Chairman, National Intelligence Council

Honorable Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Honorable Deborah Lee James
Secretary of the Air Force (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Honorable Mike McCord, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer

Honorable Mike McCord
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer

General Raymond Odierno, USA, Chief of Staff, United States Army

General Raymond Odierno, USA
Chief of Staff, United States Army

James P. Woolsey, President, Defense Acquisition University (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

James P. Woolsey
President, Defense Acquisition University (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Dr. Mica Endsley, Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force

Dr. Mica Endsley
Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force

Dr. Patricia Falcone Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Dr. Patricia Falcone
Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

General Mike Hostage III, USAF, Commander, Air Combat Command

General Mike Hostage III, USAF
Commander, Air Combat Command

Honorable Marcel Lettre, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Honorable Marcel Lettre
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Honorable Alan F. Estevez, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Logistics & Materiel Readiness)

Honorable Alan F. Estevez
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Logistics & Materiel Readiness)

Ms. Stephanie O'Sullivan, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Ms. Stephanie O'Sullivan
Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

General Mark A. Welsh III, USAF, Chief of Staff, United States Air Force

General Mark A. Welsh III, USAF
Chief of Staff, United States Air Force

Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Dr. Arati Prabhakar
Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG
Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force

Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, USAF
Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force

General Frank J. Grass Chief, National Guard Bureau Member, Joint Chiefs of Staff

General Frank J. Grass
Chief, National Guard Bureau
Member, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mr. Kenneth A. Myers Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Mr. Kenneth A. Myers
Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Rear Admiral Margaret Deluca Klein, USN, Chief of Staff, U.S. Cyber Command (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

Rear Admiral Margaret Deluca Klein, USN
Chief of Staff, U.S. Cyber Command (shown with Dr. Chu, President, IDA)

General William M. Fraser III, USAF, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command

General William M. Fraser III, USAF
Commander, U.S. Transportation Command


Cyber Seminar Series


Steve Parode, Director of Intelligence, USSTRATCOM (shown with Dr. Myers, ITSD Division Director, IDA)

Steve Parode
Director of Intelligence, USSTRATCOM (shown with Dr. Myers, ITSD Division Director, IDA)

Ed Felten, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Ed Felten
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Shawn C. Whetstone, IDA Researcher Cybersecurity Methodologies for Evaluations and Assessments in OED

Dr. Shawn C. Whetstone
IDA Researcher
Cybersecurity Methodologies for Evaluations and Assessments in OED

Dr. Richard W. Linderman, Deputy Director for Information Systems and Cyber Technologies, OASD R&E DoD Interests in Autonomy and AI

Dr. Richard W. Linderman
Deputy Director for Information Systems and Cyber Technologies, OASD R&E
DoD Interests in Autonomy and AI

Rob Knake, Senior Fellow, Cyber Policy at Council on Foreign Relations(shown with Dr. Mussington, ITSD, IDA) EO 13636: The NIST Framework and Cyber Information Sharing

Rob Knake
Senior Fellow, Cyber Policy at Council on Foreign Relations(shown with Dr. Mussington, ITSD, IDA)
EO 13636: The NIST Framework and Cyber Information Sharing

Dr. Victor Reis, Original sponsor of the U.S. nuclear Stockpile Stewardship Program Culture, Strategy, and All Things Nuclear (mostly at DOE): An Analysis

Dr. Victor Reis
Original sponsor of the U.S. nuclear Stockpile Stewardship Program
Culture, Strategy, and All Things Nuclear (mostly at DOE): An Analysis

Lt. General H. R. McMaster, Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center Army Operating Concept and The Associated Army Warfighting Challenges

Lt. General H. R. McMaster
Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center
Army Operating Concept and The Associated Army Warfighting Challenges

Bob Gourley, Co-founder of Cognitio Corporation The Cyber Threat

Bob Gourley
Co-founder of Cognitio Corporation
The Cyber Threat

Dr. Rand Waltzman, Program Manager, DARPA (shown with Dr. Myers, Division Director, ITSD, IDA) Information Environment Security

Dr. Rand Waltzman
Program Manager, DARPA (shown with Dr. Myers, Division Director, ITSD, IDA)
Information Environment Security

Ms. Marian Cherry, Tri-Chair of the Joint Information Environment Planning and Coordination Cell  Overview of the Joint Information Environment Effort

Ms. Marian Cherry
Tri-Chair of the Joint Information Environment Planning and Coordination Cell
Overview of the Joint Information Environment Effort

Dr. Eric D. Evans, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Defense Science Board's Task Force Cyber-Security and Reliability in a Digital Cloud

Dr. Eric D. Evans
MIT Lincoln Laboratory Defense Science Board's Task Force
Cyber-Security and Reliability in a Digital Cloud

Zachary J. Lemnios, Director, Defense Research and Engineering

Zachary J. Lemnios
Director, Defense Research and Engineering


IDA Research Divisions Seminar Series


Andrew Ferguson, IDA Researcher The “Brexit” decision

Andrew Ferguson
IDA Researcher
The “Brexit” decision

Dr. Brian Rieksts, IDA Researcher Estimates of Successful Illegal Entry across the Southwest Land Border

Dr. Brian Rieksts
IDA Researcher
Estimates of Successful Illegal Entry across the Southwest Land Border

Dr. David Sparrow, IDA Researcher The Impact of Terrain on Mobile Ad Hoc Networked Radios (and The Impact of IDA Studies on DoD)

Dr. David Sparrow
IDA Researcher
The Impact of Terrain on Mobile Ad Hoc Networked Radios (and The Impact of IDA Studies on DoD)

Peter A. Parker, Ph.D., P.E., National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Infusing Statistical Engineering

Peter A. Parker, Ph.D., P.E.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Infusing Statistical Engineering

Dr. Gregory Cox, IDA Researcher Puzzles, Mysteries, and Analytic Relevance

Dr. Gregory Cox
IDA Researcher
Puzzles, Mysteries, and Analytic Relevance

Dr. Arun S. Maiya, IDA Researcher IDA Text Analytics (ITA)

Dr. Arun S. Maiya
IDA Researcher
IDA Text Analytics (ITA)

Dr. Kongdan Oh Hassig, IDA Researcher Execution of Uncle Jang: North Korea's Young Dictator Strikes Out on His Own

Dr. Kongdan Oh Hassig
IDA Researcher
Execution of Uncle Jang: North Korea's Young Dictator Strikes Out on His Own

Dr. Carl Gaither, IDA Researcher Test and Evaluation of Weapon Systems Effectiveness in a Limited-Data Environment

Dr. Carl Gaither
IDA Researcher
Test and Evaluation of Weapon Systems Effectiveness in a Limited-Data Environment