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.

Chu Spoke on Panel at Government Performance Summit
Photo, Dr David S C Chu Former IDA President David Chu spoke on a panel, “Managing Transformation in the DoD.” Other panelists include Linda Cavalluzzo from the Center for Naval Analyses, and Jack Riley from the RAND Corporation. The online panel, held Tuesday, September 29, is part of the Government Performance Summit.
Fischerkeller Contributes to Policy Roundtable
Photo of Michael Fischerkeller IDA’s Michael Fischerkeller and Richard Harknett, professor at University of Cincinnati, wrote “Cyber Persistence, Intelligence Contests, and Strategic Competition,” published in the Texas National Security Review. The article was among six that were part of a policy roundtable: Cyber Conflict as an Intelligence Contest.
Researchers Speak at “Water and Energy for Food” Event
Photo of three IDA researchers STPI researchers (pictured left to right) Keith Crane, Emma Thrift, and Brian Zuckerman gave a virtual presentation of findings from Powering Agriculture: Summative Evaluation on September 10. Powering Agriculture: A Grand Challenge for Development was a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the governments of Sweden and Germany, and others to promote renewable energy innovations to increase agricultural incomes in developing countries. The presentation was part of a conference kicking off a new USAID Grand Challenge for Development, Water and Energy for Food.
Levine Discusses Defense Management Reform in CNAS’ Event
Photo of Peter Levine Peter Levine discussed his book “Defense Management Reform: How to Make the Pentagon Work Better and Cost Less” in a virtual conversation with former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and CNAS Defense Program Director Susanna Blume on Wednesday, September 16.
Garibaldi Spoke on “Uncovering Lottery Shenanigans”
Photo of Skip Garibaldi Skip Garibaldi gave a virtual, public lecture on “Uncovering Lottery Shenanigans,” focusing on individuals who have won hundreds of big, lottery prizes. The online event, sponsored by Brown University’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), was held on Tuesday, September 22.
IDA Model Nominated for MORS Award
Tom Wallace presented IGNITE, a logistics model, at the MORS 2020 Symposium held online this summer. Tom developed IGNITE with fellow IDA researchers Eli Alster and Jim Kotary. The model was selected as the best in its working group and nominated for the Barchi Prize, an award that recognizes the best paper given at the MORS Symposium. The winner of the top award will be announced June 2021.
Wahlman Published on Modern War Institute’s Website
Alec Wahlman wrote “When the Campaign Meets the City: Urban Battles and the Operational Level of War,” published on the Modern War Institute’s website. The article describes the linkages between urban battles and larger campaigns they nest within.
Odell Receives SWE’s 2020 Spark Award
Laura Odell, an electrical engineer, received a 2020 Spark Award from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) for her contributions to the advancement of engineers and women. She is recognized for her demonstrated leadership and initiative through recruiting, mentoring, coaching, and advocating for a growing and inclusive team of researchers and project leaders across IDA.
Lal Spoke on Panel at the Humans to Mars Summit
photo, Bhavya Lal On Tuesday, September 1, Bhavya Lal gave a talk on policy issues in space nuclear power during a panel discussion on Surface Power on The Moon and Mars. The panel was part of the annual Humans to Mars Summit, which was held virtually this year.
Donnelly Discussed Wargames at Georgetown University Event
Hank Donnelly discussed the use of logistics in wargames and various design approaches in an online event hosted by Georgetown University Wargaming Society on September 1.
Levine and Former IDA President David Chu Spoke in Webinar
Senior Fellow Peter Levine and Former IDA President David Chu discussed Peter’s book on Defense Management Reform in an August 4 webinar hosted by the Economics of National Security Association and CNA.
Social Distancing at College Sport Venues? There’s an App for That
IDA Adjunct Research Staff Member Scott Nestler was featured in an online article on the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Scott teamed with academic colleague Seth Berry and graduate business student Joe Jenkins to develop a cloud-based tool that will help venues plan for optimal seating configurations that align with social distancing.
Savage’s Article in Modern War Institute at West Point
IDA Research Associate Patrick Savage wrote “What if It Doesn’t End Quickly? Reconsidering US Preparedness for Protracted Conventional War,” an online article published by Modern War Institute at West Point.
Lal Spoke at Aerospace Corporation’s “Space Policy Show” Webinar
photo, Bhavya Lal Science and Technology Policy Institute’s Bhavya Lal joined Aerospace’s next Space Policy Show webinar on July 23, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. The topic was “What is Planetary Protection and Why Should We Care.” To learn more, go to the event’s website.
Video: Schwartz Receives Honor from Air Force Academy
The Air Force Academy recognized IDA President Norty Schwartz as one of five 2019 Distinguished Graduates. Watch video of Norty sharing his story of what led him to the Air Force Academy, his experiences as a cadet, and his notable career built around public service.
Myers Appointed to George Mason University Foundation Board
Information Technology and Systems Division Director Margaret Myers was recently appointed to the George Mason University Foundation Volunteer Board of Trustees.
Lal Discusses Trillion-Dollar Space Economy on Podcast
photo, Bhavya Lal In an appearance on Planetary Radio, Science and Technology Policy Institute’s Bhavya Lal discussed the size of the space economy, where it's going, and how the term itself can mean many different things to many different people. Planetary Radio is a production of the Planetary Society, a non-governmental, nonprofit foundation (founded by Carl Sagan) that conducts research, public outreach, and advocacy for engineering projects related to astronomy, planetary science, and space exploration.
Fischerkeller Commentary in War on the Rocks
Information Technology and Systems Division’s Michael Fischerkeller wrote a commentary in War on the Rocks about how the strategic choice of the fait accompli aligns with the structural imperative and strategic incentives identified by cyber persistence theory, which has been operationalized as a strategy of persistent engagement.
Researchers’ Work Runner Up for ISCRAM’s Best Paper
Strategy, Forces and Resources Division’s Deena Disraelly(left) and Operational Evaluation Division’s Laura Itle(right) received recognition for a paper they co-authored with Brig. Gen. Christopher Walker, West Virginia Air National Guard. The paper, “Providing Reliable Assistance Faster: Secure, Modern, Mission-Capable Credentialing to Support Disaster Operations,” was chosen as a runner up for the Best Practitioner/Insight Paper Award for the ISCRAM 2020 conference.
IDA Researchers Published in War on the Rocks
War on the Rocks - THE PENTAGON SHOULD TRAIN FOR — AND NOT JUST TALK ABOUT — GREAT-POWER COMPETITION In War on the Rocks, Joint Advanced Warfighting Division’s Tom Greenwood and Owen Daniels explain that if the United States is to be truly prepared for great-power competition with China and Russia, its forces need to train as they expect to operate in theater.
Marwick Honored with “40 Under 40” Award
Photo, Dr. Miriam Marwick of the System Evaluation Division AFCEA named System Evaluation Division’s Miriam Marwick among the “40 Under 40” award winners for 2020. The award is given to 40 individuals ages 40 and under for their significant contributions in a technical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics field by providing innovation, thought leadership, and support to their client or organizations using information technology.
Thorne to Serve on AIAA Committee
Jim Thorne The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) nominated and elected System Evaluation Division’s Jim Thorne to serve on the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee after he was named an “Outstanding Reviewer” by the editors of their academic journals on space technology.
Researcher Interviewed on Healthcare Cybersecurity Challenges
MarylandToday interviewed Information Technology and Systems Division Adjunct Researcher David Mussington about healthcare cybersecurity challenges. David is also a professor of the practice and director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.
Researcher Receives Technology Award for Cryptography
IDA Center for Communications Research–Princeton researcher Victor Miller and University of Washington Professor Neal Koblitz won the 2020 Eduard Rhein Technology Award for their invention of elliptic-curve cryptography. The official presentation of the awards will take place in the Hall of Fame of the Deutsches Museum in Munich on November 21, 2020.
Researcher Appointed to National Academy of Science Committee
photo, Bhavya Lal Science and Technology Policy Institute Researcher Bhavya Lal was appointed to the National Academy of Science’s (NAS) Committee on Space Nuclear Propulsion Technologies. NASA requested that NAS examine the primary technical and programmatic challenges, merits, and risks for developing and demonstrating space nuclear propulsion technologies of interest to future exploration missions.
IDA Researcher Published in Joint Force Quarterly
Joe Buontempo and former National Security Fellow Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Ringer (USAF) authored “Airbase Defense Falls Between the Cracks,” which appeared in Joint Force Quarterly. The article considers two types of threats that could pose a serious challenge to airbases in the near future: direct and indirect attacks by adversary special operators, and theater ballistic and cruise missile attacks.
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.