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.

Sixt, Sbragia and Carlson Address Biological Defense in War on the Rocks
Kate Sixt, Chad Sbragia and Rob Carlson highlight the need for the government to expand its approach to biotechnology beyond biodefense in War on the Rocks.
Bishai Spoke at Strategic Leaders International Course
Linda Bishai spoke about her experiences and insights on Women, Peace and Security as part of a Strategic Leaders International Course (SLIC) given by the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) on August 26. The SLIC is a four-week residential professional development curriculum for senior military leaders, diplomats and government officials from U.S. partner nations.
Cox Presented Program Evaluation of Cancer Systems Biology Consortium
Carly Cox presented her work to facilitate the program evaluation of the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC) with Program Director Hannah Dueck at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Evaluation Forum on August 19. The program evaluation involved hosting a panel of cancer and systems biology experts who assessed CSBC’s impact on the scientific community and made recommendations for future program implementation.
Colvin and Han Interviewed on ‘ChinaTalk’ Podcast
Tom Colvin and Shirley Han were interviewed, along with former STPI fellow Irina Liu, on “ChinaTalk,” a podcast that explores China's technology scene, economy and politics. The interview addressed the emergence of China’s commercial space industry.
Sbragia Spoke as Panelist on Chinese Aggression
Chad Sbragia spoke on a webinar panel for the National Institute for Public Policy on Deterring Potential Chinese Aggression Against Taiwan. The webinar occurred on August 31, 2021.
Wong Reviews ‘Our Biggest Experiment’
Gifford Wong reviewed Alice Bell’s new book, “Our Biggest Experiment: An Epic History of the Climate Crisis” in Science’s collection of fall book reviews. The curated history of the current climate crisis ensures readers appreciate both the intellectual achievements that have punctuated this story and the thorny threads of racism, sexism and colonialism that are intertwined with them.
Simon Spoke on AIRI Panel

Ian Simon spoke on a panel at the 60th Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI) Annual Meeting on Monday, September 13, 2021. Ian discussed ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the biomedical research and innovation landscape.

Bekoe, Bishai and Pera Participated in NIU Seminar Series
Dorina Bekoe, Linda Bishai and Dick Pera recently participated in the Virtual Seminar Series of the National Intelligence University, the intelligence community’s sole, accredited, federal degree-granting institution, which is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Dorina and Dick spoke about the recent change in Chadian leadership and observations on military and intelligence services, and Dorina and Linda addressed the impact of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and its potential to destabilize the Horn of Africa region.
Wong Spoke on “Revisionist History” Podcast
Yuna Wong discussed wargaming (approximately 1:00) on the “Revisionist History” podcast, hosted by Malcolm Gladwell, journalist and president and co-founder of Pushkin Industries. The episode, “A Serious Game,” aired on August 19, 2021.
Shapiro Presents at Conference
Brandon Shapiro presented a paper entitled “Kinetic Action and Radicalization: A Case Study of Pakistan” at the International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation. The paper, which he co-authored with his student advisor Andrew Crooks, won the Best Student Paper Award.
Balakrishnan Spoke on Alum Panel
Asha Balakrishnan spoke on a “Career Pathways for Quantum Scientists” panel hosted by her alma mater, University of Illinois Ubana-Champaign, on August 19, 2021.
Tate, Bailey Paper Presented at Acquisition Research Symposium

David Tate presented (approximately 4:24) remarks based on the paper “Software Speed Limits: What Controls How Fast We Can Modernize?” at the 18th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium on May 13, 2021. David and IDA colleague John Bailey coauthored the paper and presentation. 

Adams Becomes MORS Fellow
Joe Adams was recently installed as a fellow of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). This is the highest honor bestowed by the organization.
Balakrishnan Spoke at Summit for Space Sustainability
Asha Balakrishnan spoke on the Activating Debris Removal Panel on June 22, the second day of the 2021 Summit for Space Sustainability, hosted by the Secure World Foundation. A recording is available; the panel starts around 2:53:39.
Simon Spoke at Rosenthal Fellowship Event
Ian Simon spoke at the “Global Health” roundtable on July 28 for the Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations. The Rosenthal Fellowship is a program of the Partnership for Public Service that offers outstanding, civic-minded graduate students in international affairs the opportunity to spend a summer working to solve some of our biggest national and global challenges.
Simon Speaks at Two Science Policy Career Events

Ian Simon was a keynote speaker at the National Science Policy Network’s Southern Hub Retreat, an online event that occurred on June 26. Ian is also scheduled to speak on the July 28 roundtable on global health for the Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations. Both events focus on science policy careers and career options in and around the government for scientists and engineers.

Numrich Featured by University of Cambridge
photo, Sue Numrich Sue Numrich was described as “the national security researcher and champion for women in leadership” in an alumni story for the University of Cambridge, where she did post-graduate work.
Miller Gave Career Talk to University of Utah Students
photo, Curtis Miller Curtis Miller served on a panel at the University of Utah during which he spoke to undergraduate students about careers in mathematics. The panel was held June 11, 2021.
IDA Paper Cited in White House Report
Laura Odell, Cameron DiLorenzo, Chandler Dawson and Matthew Kowalyk coauthored “Supply Chain Risk in Leading-Edge Integrated Circuits,” cited in a recent White House report (page 56).
Cazares Interviewed by FastTIMES
photo, Shelley Cazares Shelley Cazares and DoD contractor Gregory Schultz, White River Technologies, discussed unexploded ordnance (UXO) remediation during an interview with FastTIMES. Shelley’s remarks begin around 1:13.
Peña Spoke at Technology Transfer Event
photo, Vanessa Peña Vanessa Peña spoke on the “Innovation at Technology Transfer Offices” panel during the two-day technology transfer event, hosted by the Office of Strategic Alliances and the National Center for Advancing Translation Sciences. The event took place May 13-14, 2021.
Colvin Spoke at Space Roundtable
photo, Tom Colvin Tom Colvin presented “Encouraging Private Sector Investment into Lunar Surface Capabilities” at the 11th joint Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium and Space Resources Roundtable, June 8, 2021.
Corbin Spoke at Citrus Spaceport Conference
photo, Ben Corbin Ben Corbin spoke during the Citrus Spaceport virtual event held June 12, 2021, at his alma mater, the University of Central Florida. The conference is an opportunity for students to hear directly from aerospace professionals.
Myers Received Honorary Degree from Colorado College
Director Margaret Myers recently received an honorary doctor of science degree from her alma mater, Colorado College in conjunction with the Class of 2021 Commencement.
Wong Spoke at StratTech Conference
Yuna Wong discussed wargaming during the “Through the Warfare Looking Glass” panel at the Institute for Security and Technology’s first StratTech Conference held May 25.
Goldman Discussed “Career Paths in Policy”
Abby Goldman spoke on a panel, “Career Paths in Policy,” during a webinar hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). The webinar occured on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Levine on Panel Responsible for New National Academies Press Report
Photo, Mr Peter K. Levine, Senior Fellow | SFRD Peter Levine was a member of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine panel charged by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment to look into how to better apply data science to improve acquisition processes. The panel’s report, “Empowering the Defense Acquisition Workforce to Improve Mission Outcomes Using Data Science,” is available by signing up for a free National Academies Press account.
McLendon Joins Panel at DAU Event
photo, Michael McLendon Michael McLendon joins panelists from the Army, Navy, and Air Force for the panel discussion “Building Successful Software Sustainment Strategies During Acquisition” Tuesday, June 8, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET. Michael Jennings of the Air Force Sustainment Center will chair the panel. The panel is part of DOD Sustainment Series: Sustainment Early in Acquisition, a virtual Defense Acquisition University (DAU) event.
Daniels Published by NATO JAPCC
photo, Owen Daniels Owen Daniels published two papers for Joint Air & Space Conference 2021. The annual Joint Air Power Competence Center (JAPCC) event will be held in Germany on September 7–9. The first paper explores the limitations and challenges of the observe-orient-decide-act (OODA) loop as a mental model for thinking about artificial intelligence applications, particularly with regard to speed. The second, with coauthor Clementine Starling of the Atlantic Council, discusses potential ways to overcome obstacles to NATO’s command and control resilience in contested environments.
Schwartz Led Talk
Norton Schwartz, IDA President IDA President Norton Schwartz interviewed WWW II B-24 Liberator aviator Captain John Billings about his book, Special Duties Pilot, at an event hosted by the Office of Strategic Services Society on Wednesday, April 28.
Levine Spoke at Senate Hearing
Photo, Mr Peter K. Levine, Senior Fellow | SFRD SFRD’s Peter Levine testified at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on management challenges and opportunities facing the Department of Defense on Tuesday, April 27. Other speakers included Adam Grant, University of Pennsylvania; and Elizabeth Field, Government Accountability Office. A video of Peter’s testimony (opening statement at 24:06) and a transcript are available online.
Taylor Addresses Gen Z in Inkstick Article
Photo, Jennifer Taylor Jennifer Taylor wrote “Preparing Gen Z to Enter the National Security Community” published in Inkstick as part of “The Future of National Security Work.”
Fischerkeller Published in Lawfare
Photo, Dr Michael P. Fischerkeller, Research Staff Member | ITSD Michael Fischerkeller wrote “Current International Law Is Not an Adequate Regime for Cyberspace,” published in Lawfare.
Researchers Published in FastTIMES
article thumbnail, The Live Site Demonstrations for Advanced Geophysical Classification of Terrestrial Unexploded Ordnance Shelley Cazares, Elizabeth Ayers, Katherine Fisher, and Michael Tuley coauthored “The Live Site Demonstrations for Advanced Geophysical Classification of Terrestrial Unexploded Ordnance,” published in FastTIMES, a publication of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society.
House Subcommittee Hearing References IDA’s Veterans Affairs’ Study
U.S. Capitol Representative Matt Rosendale referenced IDA’s quality assurance review of the VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization program during a hearing with the House Subcommittee on Technology Modernization: Subcommittee on Health (at approximately 16:00 minutes). The April 14 hearing was entitled “Strategic Review: Evaluating Concerns About the Ongoing Implementation of the Electronic Health Record Modernization Program.”
Balakrishnan Spoke at Space Tech 2021
photo, Asha Balakrishnan Asha Balakrishnan spoke on an Explorers Panel Discussion at Space Tech 2021, an annual event hosted by the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The online event was held April 14, 2021.
Researchers Published in Defense Acquisition
Defense Acquisition publication P.M. Picucci, Robert Angevine, Max Roberts, and Dave Sparrow co-authored “Characterizing Defense Innovation,” published in the March-April issue of Defense Acquisition.
McFeely Spoke at NYU Graduate School
Defense Acquisition publication Tara McFeely guest-lectured at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science on March 27, 2021. Her remarks, “Congress and the Role and Function of Intelligence,” drew from her experience working in the legislative branch and national security.
Fischerkeller and His Work Cited in Journal of Applied Security Research
photo, Michael Fischerkeller Michael Fischerkeller is mentioned multiple times in “'Madman Theory’ or ‘Persistent Engagement’? The Coherence of US Cyber Strategy under Trump.” In describing the intellectual origins of persistent engagement, the article’s author, Joe Devanny, names Michael as among the “prominent academic and policy-research advocates of persistent engagement theory” who have “close professional associations” with the U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, and other DoD-affiliated organizations. The author also cites an Orbis article that Michael coauthored with Richard Harknett of the University of Cincinnati, “Deterrence Is Not a Credible Strategy for Cyberspace.”
Simon Spoke on COVID Panel
Ian Simon spoke on a virtual panel, “Communities of Color & the COVID Vaccine: Understanding and Accessing Vaccination.” This panel was hosted by an informal coalition of African-American churches in DC. It was held Saturday, March 13, 2021, and was broadcast on Facebook Live @walkerbaptistdc.

Greenwood, Heuring, and Wahlman Article in Joint Force Quarterly
Thomas Greenwood, Terry Heuring, and Alec Wahlman coauthored “The ‘Next Training Revolution’: Readying the Joint Force for Great Power Competition and Conflict,” which was published in the Joint Force Quarterly. The article examines ways the Joint Force could enhance all-domain training, experimentation, and exercises in an era of great power competition.
Simon Spoke at Two COVID Events
photo, Ian Simon Ian Simon recently spoke at two COVID events. The first, “Should I Take the Vaccine?” was a Q&A discussion hosted by the AntiRacism Coalition of Washington, DC. The event was held Tuesday, March 2, 2021. The second event was a virtual panel, “What Matters to Us: A Lens on Overall Health & Wellness–Fighting COVID-19.” The panel occurred Wednesday, March 3, 2021, and was part of the Multicultural Womxn’s Conference 2021.
Wong Discussed Wargaming on Government Matters
photo, Yuna Wong Yuna Wong appeared on Government Matters on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. During the interview, she addressed four major questions the Department of Defense should ask before implementing a new wargaming initiative.
Recording Available of Peña’s Remarks at FLC Webinar
photo, Venessa Peña Vanessa Peña presented “Opportunities to Advance Department of Defense Technology Transfer With Partnership Intermediary Agreements” during an online event hosted by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer. A recording is available of the event, which occurred on February 3, 2021.
Levine Spoke on Legislative Panel at BENS’s Forum
photo, Peter Levine Peter Levine spoke on the need for defense business reform in an era of tight budgets during a public forum hosted by BENS on the 20th anniversary of the organization’s Tail-to-Tooth Commission. The panel occurred Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Other speakers at the forum included former Secretaries of Defense Ashton Carter, Mark Esper, and Leon Panetta, and former Deputy Secretaries Robert Work and Gordon England.
Wong, Heath Discuss DoD’s Progress on Wargaming in War on the Rocks
photo, Yuna Wong and Garrett Heath Yuna Wong and Garrett Heath co-authored “Is the Department of Defense Making Enough Progress in Wargaming?” in War on the Rocks.
Wong Piece on Wargaming Posted in Modern War Institute
photo, Yuna Wong Yuna Wong wrote “Going Virtual: Wargaming in an Era of Telework, Travel Restrictions, and Social Distancing,” which appeared in Modern War Institute.
Balakrishnan Appointed to ACCRES Advisory Committee
photo, Asha Balakrishnan Asha Balakrishnan will serve on NOAA’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) for the next two years. ACCRES evaluates economic, technological, and institutional developments relating to commercial remote sensing and recommends promising new ideas and approaches for Federal policies and programs to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
Cazares Discussed Nonlethal Weapon System Model during Webinar
photo, Shelley Cazares Shelley Cazares spoke during a webinar, “Active Denial Technology Computational Human Effects End-to-End Hypermodel (ADT CHEETEH),” describing a computational model that IDA created for the Joint Intermediate Force Capabilities Office. The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) is hosted the webinar on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
Peña Spoke at FLC Webinar
photo, Venessa Peña Vanessa Peña presented “Opportunities to Advance Department of Defense Technology Transfer With Partnership Intermediary Agreements” on February 3, 2021. The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) hosted the event.
Eliezer Publication Finalist for 2020 Research Award
photo, Dina Eliezer Dina Eliezer coauthored “Sexual Assault Experiences Vary for Active Duty Military Women Depending on their Relationship to the Perpetrator,” a Journal of Family Violence article that was selected as a finalist for the Barbara Thompson Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families Award. Other coauthors included Aubrey Hilbert (Booz Allen Hamilton), Lisa Davis (DoD), Kimberly Hylton (Fors Marsh Group), William Klauberg (Fors Marsh Group), Maia Hurley (DoD), Zachary Gitlin (Booz Allen Hamilton), Karmon Dyches (DoD), and Nathan Galbreath (DoD).
Miller Honored with 2021 Levchin Prize
Victor Miller and University of Washington Professor Neal Koblitz were awarded the 2021 Levchin prize at the Real World Cryptography Conference for their independent discovery of elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) in 1985.
Crane Spoke at Webinar on Economics and Space
photo, Keith Crane Keith Crane spoke at the webinar: “The Great Game of Economics Afoot in Space.” NewSpace New Mexico hosted the webinar to support their report “US Space Policies for the New Space Age: Competing on the Final Economic Frontier,” sponsored by the U.S. Space Force, Air Force Research Laboratory, and Defense Innovation Unit. The webinar was held on January 14, 2021.
Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation Features IDA Research
The 13th issue of DoD’s “Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation,” released in December, includes “Analysis of a Salary-Based Pay System for the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation,” written by a team of IDA researchers led by Nancy Huff.
Odell Featured in University of Minnesota Alumni Magazine
photo, Laura Odell Laura Odell was featured in the University of Minnesota alumni magazine. The article, “Fierce and Fabulous Mentor,” highlights Laura’s contributions as an electrical engineer in the defense industry and as a mentor to others.