photo, Arun Maiya

IDA presents the Andrew J. Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research to individuals who demonstrate intellectual leadership within the IDA community. The 2021 winner of the Goodpaster Award is Arun Maiya of the IDA Systems and Analyses Center.


photo, Peter Levine

This is the tenth year IDA has given the Larry D. Welch Award, which honors individuals whose external publications exemplify General Welch’s high standards of analytic excellence and relevance. The award recognizes the best external publication related to IDA business areas—or associated disciplines that form the building blocks of our expertise—appearing in peer-reviewed journals or other professional publications, including books and monographs. The winner of the 2021 Welch Award is Defense Management Reform: How to Make the Pentagon Work Better and Cost Less by IDA Senior Fellow Peter Levine.

President's Award recipients 

The IDA President’s Award for Excellence recognizes sustained superior performance by a non-exempt staff member over a significant period of time that contributes significantly to IDA’s success. Dawn Fontellio and Preston “PJ” Lee are the winners of the 2021 President’s Award for Excellence.


W.Y. Smith Award 

The 2021 W. Y. Smith Award winners include Francesca Werner for the individual award and Karen Myers, Katie Hall, Pamela Harris and Etienne “Steven” Houdbert for the team award. Named in honor of General William Y. Smith, who led IDA from late 1985 through late 1990, the award recognizes extraordinary individual or group contributions to IDA from the wide range of non-research exempt staff members who contribute to our success.


David S.C. Chu 

The David S. C. Chu Award for Research Excellence was established in 2020 to honor a Research Associate who has made one or more outstanding analytic contributions in support of IDA’s mission. Julia Warshafsky of the Information Technology and Systems Division is the winner of the 2021 David S. C. Chu Award for Excellence in Research, named in honor of the former IDA President.


Kerr Award Recipient 

F. Miller Maley received the 2022 Julie B. Kerr Award for Excellence in Research. The award is named in honor of a late Center for Communications Research, La Jolla researcher. The award is meant for an IDA employee who has demonstrated research excellence and exceptional analytic achievement in the IDA research community. This is the first year the award is being presented.