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.

Patel Presents at Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Prashant Patel co-presented with Daniel Scheeres, the University of Colorado Boulder, the paper “Space, The Finite Frontier: Rapidly Computing the Reachability of Electric Propulsion Spacecraft” at the Astrodynamics Specialist Conference. The conference, hosted by the American Astronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, was held August 11-17 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
IDA Staff Moderate Silent Warrior 22 Conference in Germany
Stephanie Burchard, Dorina Bekoe, Linda Bishai, Ashton Callahan, Sarah Daly and Galen Petruso helped execute and moderate the annual Silent Warrior conference, sponsored by U.S. Special Operations Command Africa. The conference focused on security in Africa and drivers that fuel violent extremist organization recruitment efforts. Speakers examined topics of U.S. and international security partner interest and assessed opportunities to mitigate a variety of threats to safety and security on the continent. Attendees from 37 countries, including 20 African partners, participated in the conference, held August 15-18 in Garmisch, Germany.
Fischerkeller Interviewed for Cyberlaw Podcast
Michael Fischerkeller was interviewed by Stewart Baker and Dave Aitel for an episode of The Cyberlaw Podcast: Cyber Persistence, a series produced by Lawfare. In the episode, Michael discusses “Cyber Persistence Theory: Redefining National Security in Cyberspace,” the book he coauthored with Emily Goldman and Richard Harknett.
Lawrence Spoke at GMU Conference
Alison Lawrence presented at George Mason University’s 26th Annual Conference on Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Modeling on July 28. She presented the briefing “Leveraging Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Modeling to Evaluate Chemical Warfare Agent Secondary Evaporation Models in the Context of Military Operations” that she co-authored with Nathan Platt and Matthew Mendonca. Visit the conference website for more information.
Cox Selected for Fellowship for Ending Bioweapons
Carly Cox was selected to join the 2022-2023 class of the Fellowship for Ending Bioweapons. The six-member class will work with leading experts to generate ideas for ending the threat of biological weapons. The fellowship is hosted by The Nolan Center, an institute of the Council on Strategic Risks.
Bexfield Gives MORS Talk on ‘What the Old-Timers Advised’
James Bexfield teamed with Bob Sheldon of the Group W Inc. to deliver a MORS Talk, “What the Old-Timers Advised: Perspectives From Two That Knew Them.” The May 6 talk is Episode 70 of the series.
Fischerkeller Published in Lawfare
Michael Fischerkeller authored “A Cyber Persistence Way to Norms,” published in Lawfare. The article identifies shortcomings of the United Nations-based approach to norms for managing ongoing cyber threats to international peace and stability and proposes a new approach of cyber persistence for cultivating conformance to explicitly proposed cyber norms and tacitly proposing new norms.
Wong Spoke on CNA Panel on Wargaming
Yuna Wong served as a panelist on “Inclusivity in Wargaming and Impacts for Defense Planning,” hosted by CNA. Yuna discussed the challenges that women face in wargaming, and she brought up the Women’s Wargaming Network that she helped found and is continuing to grow. A recording of the May 18 online event is available.
Balakrishnan Spoke on ASME Panel
Asha Balakrishnan spoke on the “International Space Station National Lab – AS-ME Anything” panel at ASME Policy Impact 2022. Asha, a former American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Congressional Fellow, provided a general policy lens to the conversation with scientists and engineers who send experiments to the International Space Station. She discussed some of the challenges facing the field but also opportunities for ASME members to become more involved in space activities. The panel occurred on May 18, the second day of the three-day event.
Johnson Published in International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Brad Johnson coauthored a paper with Maitraye Sen, Joshua Hanson, Salvador García-Muñoz and Nikolaos Sahinidis. The paper, “Stochastic Analysis and Modeling of Pharmaceutical Screw Feeder Mass Flow Rates,” was published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics. The coauthors propose a hybrid deterministic-stochastic screw feeder flowsheet model.
Markov Quoted in Air Force Magazine
David Markov was quoted throughout an Air Force Magazine article titled, “Dependence on Russian Aircraft Engines Could Prompt China to ‘Fix Their… Problem.’” In the article, David offers an explanation on why China is still lagging in the area of fighter engine production. David discussed the topic of military cooperation between China and Russia on a panel at the China Aerospace Studies Institute conference on May 17.
Bharadvaj and Woods Published in War on the Rocks
Akar Bharadvaj and Kevin Woods coauthored “When Strongmen Invade, They Bring Their Pathologies With Them,” featured in War on the Rocks. The authors highlight parallels between the early phases of Iraq’s invasion of Iran in 1980 and Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine.
Fischerkeller Published in Lawfare
Michael Fischerkeller wrote a Lawfare blog titled “What Does 2022 NDS Fact Sheet Imply for the Forthcoming Cyber Strategy?” The DOD’s 2-page fact sheet on the 2022 National Defense Strategy (NDS) identifies campaigning as a way to advance DOD goals of gaining advantages against the full range of competitors’ coercive actions, undermining acute forms of competitor coercion, and complicating competitors’ military preparations. In the post, Michael argues that campaigning is at the core of DOD’s current cyber strategy of defend forward/persistent engagement and that, therefore, the same goals should be expected in DOD’s forthcoming cyber strategy.
Markov Spoke on CASI Panel
David Markov spoke as a panelist at the third biennial China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI) Conference at the National Defense University on May 17. The conference focused on Great Power Competition and Deterrence.
Lindbergh Addressed Students on Internship and Career Opportunities
Rachel Lindbergh spoke at the Day One event hosted by Advanced Technology International (ATI) with students about her past experience as an intern. ATI leads an initiative to provide computer science and cybersecurity experience to underrepresented students from historically black colleges and universities (HCBUs). The Day One event on May 9 was a celebration of the guided internship program.
Wagner Presented at Acquisition Research Program Symposium
Nick Wagner spoke on a panel at the Naval Postgraduate School’s 19th Annual Acquisition Research Program Symposium on May 12, 2022. Nick’s panel paper includes a proposal to extend existing software acquisition program data management systems to increase the speed and effectiveness of oversight.
Peña Spoke at APPAM Conference
Vanessa Peña presented a panel paper, “Analysis of the Federal L2M Prize Competition Submitter Ecosystem and Federal Partners” at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Conference. The panel highlighted examples of how information technology intersects to inform policy, and the presentation described the development of an innovative dashboard to analyze the prize community.
Lindbergh Gave TEDx Talk About Space
Photo of Rachel Lindbergh Rachel Lindbergh gave a TEDx talk in Boca Raton, Florida, during which she described why so many people give up on finding their place in space and shared her story to explain why they shouldn’t.
Researchers Coauthor ‘Assessing the Russian Army Performance After One Week of War’
Taft Blackburn, Keith Detwiler and Alex Shykov coauthored “Assessing the Russian Army Performance After One Week of War,” published in RealClearDefense. The authors offer initial considerations on the Russian military’s planning, integration of key enablers, maneuver and tactical proficiency after one week to explain some key shortcomings.
Researchers Coauthor ‘Looking at the Long-Term Ukraine Crisis’
IDA researchers Taft Blackburn, Miriam Roday and Alex Shykov coauthored “ Looking at the Long-Term Ukraine Crisis,” published in RealClearDefense. The authors argue that fixating on the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine risks missing the forest for the trees. In contemplating policy responses to Putin’s recent aggression, the West must consider the underlying issues that have created the crisis and will extend this long-term competition: ambiguity over Ukraine’s role in Europe, competing views over Russia’s place in the world and Moscow’s increasingly tight hold on Belarus.
Roday and Daly Published in Foreign Policy News
Miriam Roday and Sarah Daly co-authored “Information Operations: An Understudied Facet of Russian Influence in Africa,” published in Foreign Policy News. Miriam and Sarah posit that Russia’s weaponization of information is an understudied component of its strategic influence efforts in Africa that presents immediate security threats to democracy across the continent and here at home.
Fischerkeller Appeared on ‘Government Matters’
Michael Fischerkeller appeared on “Government Matters” January 26 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on WJLA 24/7 News. The interview is also available on their YouTube channel.
Epifanovskaya Published in War on the Rocks
Laura Epifanovskaya authored “When Software Bugs Go Nuclear: Testing a Digital Arsenal,” featured in War on the Rocks.