||ASA President, November
(Hogg to Kish, Savage, et. al., Nov. 22, 1988). Name changed January
1989. Name changed August 1991 (Spruill to Bailar, Feb. 14, 1992).
Extended through 1994 (BOD Dec. 93-113). Name changed and charge
approved in December 1999.
||Nine members serving three
year rotating terms.
||To enhance the prestige
influence of the profession and ASA in the DNS area.
position ASA and its members to actively address critical statistical
determine the viability and utility of establishing an ASA Section on
||Serve as the
ASA focal point
for contact with other organizations on statistical matters related to
Congressional Committees, Federal Departments and Agencies, etc., and
develop appropriate liason relationships.
mechanisms for actively interacting with other pertinent professional
societies, e.g., IEEE Reliability Society, American Association for the
Advancement of Scinece (AAAS), Military Operations Research Society.
suggestions to the ASA
Board of Directors, Executive Committee and President for needed study
statisticians in DNS
specific statistical issues and related research areas.
statisticians with relevant backgrounds and interests available to
consult on critical and time-sensitive issues.
opportunities for statisticians to be introduced to DNS issues,
including fellowships, conferences, study groups, and boards, etc.
documenting and disseminating "sucess stories" and "lessons learned" on
how statistics has influenced policy-making processes.
paradigm of ASA
Committee and ASA Section.
interest within DNS
community for establishing a new ASA Section.
missions for Section
and continuing role of Committee, if any.
Activities and Plans
2003 Annual Report
2002 Annual Report
- Successfully gained
ASA Section status: The ASA Section on Statistics in Defense and
National Security was approved by the Board and the Council of Sections
and officially came into being on January 1, 2004.
- Awarded a Third Annual
Student paper prize for the best student paper applying statistics to
defense issues. Thomas M. Cioppa, who just completed his
doctoral degree at the Naval Postgraduate School, was selected
unanimously for his paper, "Advanced Experimental Designs for
Department of Defense Analyses: A Military Peace Enforcement
Application". Associate Professor Thomas Lucas nominated the
paper. Papers were judged on the quality of the statistical
work, the quality of the written presentation, and the significance of
the contribution to understanding of defense issues. The
annual prize competition is open to any undergraduate or graduate
student enrolled during the year in any institution of higher
education. The paper must have been written in the academic
year. For 2003, the prize consisted of a plaque and
- Co-sponsored an
invited paper session at the 2003 JSM on "How Can Statisticians
Contribute to Homeland Security?" along with the Social Sciences and
the Risk Analysis Sections. This panel discussed statistical
issues that arise in counterterrorism efforts and describde activities
in various federal statistical programs. Speakers addressed
topics in health, record linkage, biometrics, infrastructure protection
and border security, drawing on statistical tools such as discriminant
analysis, variable selection, pattern matching, and mathematical
epidemiology. The panel examined areas where statisticians can
contribute and answered questions from the floor. Panelists
were: David Banks-addressing Bioterrorism; Cynthia Clark-addressing
Record Linkage; Alan Karr-addressing Cyberterrorism; Stephen
Younger-addressing Infrastructure Protection; and Jack Riley-addressing
Statistical Issues in Border Security.
- Co-sponsored a
conference on Statistical Issues in Counterterrorism at the National
Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., on May 29-30, along with the
Washington Statistical Society and the American Statistical
Association's Sections on Risk Analysis and Government
Statistics. Papers from that conference have been accepted
for a special issue of Chance that will appear this January, and we
have ordered 500 extra copies. The new Section will send
those extra copies to government officials and other leaders involved
in defense and security to help apprise them of the kinds of
contributions that statisticians can make.
- Continued to improve
the committee's website, including rehosting the web site to the ASA
and adding a link to reviewers available for defense-related topics.
- Developed a list of
statisticians with expertise in national security, national defense and
related topics to serve as peer reviewers for journal and other
publications, proposals, etc. The first version of the list
was posted to our committee and section web sites.
Plans for Next Year:
- Support the
establishment of the Section on Statistics in Defense and National
Security. Transfer Committee functions to the Section as
- Continue with the
tasks assigned in support of the committee charges, including improving
our web page and strengthening/establishing ties with other
statisticians/organizations doing statistical research on defense and
national security issues.
three invited paper sessions at the 2004 JSM: (1) Early
Warnings of Bioterrorism: Syndromic Surveillance; (2) Adaptive Sampling
Applications in Homeland Security; and (3) Attack Detection,
Interdiction, and Response. Also sponsor one topic
contributed session. These sessions will also be
co-sponsored by the Section on Statistics in Defense and National
- In collaboration with
the Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security, solicit
candidates for, and award another prize for, the best student paper
applying statistics to defense and national security.
issues discussed and /or accomplishments:
- Enlisted over 100 ASA members
who agreed to become charter members of a new ASA Section on National
Defense and Homeland Security and prepared all the associated required
paperwork. The Governing Board will consider our application
at their February meeting.
- Awarded, for the second year,
a prize for the best student paper applying statistics to defense and
national security issues. This year's prize was awarded to
joint winners. Yuling Cui and Chung-Wai Kong won for their paper
"Predicting Damage by Information Fusion". They are students at George
Washington University. They share the award with Donald J. Jenkins, who
wrote "Evaluation of Fraud Detection Data Mining used in the Auditing
Process of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service." Jenkins is a
recent graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School.
- Sponsored, along with the
Social Sciences Section, a JSM invited paper session entitled "What Can
Statisticians Do to Contribute to the War On Terrorism?" The session
was excellent, and for the first time so was the attendance. Although
this was due in part to Sept. 11, 2001, it was also due to ASA's new
emphasis on late breaking sessions and the publicity they provided.
- Held a mixer at the ASA for
statisticians interested in defense and national security issues. Names
gathered from those attending helped the committee enlist ASA members
for the new section drive.
- Continued to improve the
committee's website, including adding facilities for visitors to
provide contact information to receive information about Committee
activities. Names gathered in this way also helped the committee enlist
ASA members for the new section drive.
- Nominated Dr. Scott Evans, a
committee member, to participate for ASA in the Joint Civilian
Orientation Conference, put on by the Department of Defense for
civilian leaders. Those selected will be notified in 2003.
- Published an article that was
sponsored by the Committee: "Statistics in Defense and National
Security: Bioterrorism and Biosurveillance," by Evans, S; Kleinman, K;
and Pagano, M; AMSTAT NEWS, July, 2002, pp. 41-43.
- The Chair participated,
representing the ASA committee, in several workshops seeking to get
statisticians more involved in defense and national security
issues. This included: 1) chairing a workshop, sponsored by
the Washington Statistical Society on 20 November on Statistical Issues
for Counterterrorism in Federal Agencies and 2) attending (and working
on the organizing committee for) a workshop, sponsored by Los Alamos
National Laboratory and National Institute of Statistical Sciences, on
12 December on The State of the Statisticial Sciences and the Field's
Infrastructure with respect to Today's and Tomorrow's National Defense
and Security Challenges. The latter meeting was also attended by a
number of other committee members.
- Submitted ASA Strategic
Initiative Proposal, "STATISTICAL ISSUES IN
Plans for next year:
- Continue with plans to become
a section, if that is approved, otherwise continue work as a committee.
- Continue with the tasks
assigned in support of the committee charges, including improving our
web page and strengthening/establishing ties with other
statisticians/organizations doing statistical research on defense and
national security issues. Iāve attached our
committee taskings for information.
- Sponsoring, along with the
Social Sciences Section and the Risk Analysis Section, an invited paper
session at the 2003 JSM on "How Can Statisticians Contribute to
- Solicit candidates for, and
award another prize for, a student paper applying statistics to defense
and national security.
- Work to get another
statistician nominated for the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference,
put on by the Department of Defense for civilian leaders.
- Committee Business (Lead:
- '03 JSM committee meeting
planning and preps: Spruill
- Section planning and
- Draft section charter:
and Banks (complete)
- Compilation of list of
potential members: Wilson, Banks, and Fricker (complete)
- Submission of request
become a section: Spruill
- Solicitation of other
interested members: All
- DNS website
- Maintenance and
- Compilation of success
on use of statistics in defense and national security problems to post
on website: Wilson, Scholz
- Document committee
- Review committee charge:
- Internal ASA Outreach (Lead:
- '03 JSM invited paper
on homeland security
- Organization and
- Session chair: Spruill
- AMSTAT News
- Write and submit
- Suggestion of ideas:
- Student paper competition
- Management: Olwell
- Judging committee: TBD
- Advertising and
students: Olwell, Fricker
- Committee ASA liaison: Gage
- External Outreach (Lead:
- Joint Civilian Orientation
- Management: Spruill,
- Nomination inputs: All
- Educating DoD/HLS customers
- Communicating how
statisticians can contribute to solving DoD/HLS problems:
Olwell, Evans, Banks, Scholz
- Proposing an advisory
statisticians similar to groups at Census, Energy Dept., etc: Olwell,
- Other Issues/Topics (Lead: Ray)
- Computer security,
assurance, IT: Ray, Samuelson, Easterling
Minutes of 2002 Joint
Statistical Meetings Committee on Statisticians in Defense and National
August 13, 2002, New York, NY
Attendees: Nancy Spruill,
Chair; Ron Fricker, Vice-Chair; Committee Members:
Scott Evans, Dave Olwell, Bonnie Ray, and David Steinberg; Visitors:
Glen Hartless, David Banks, Mark Seastrom
The attendees discussed the
- Mixer the evening of 13
August-Ron talked about his plans and that all were invited.
The mixer was well organized, we presented the student paper prizes,
and we did a drawing for several door prizes-a picture of the Pentagon
and several defense research books. (As a follow-up, Ron did
a great job organizing the mixer and Dave Olwell did similar excellent
work in having the prizes ready to go.) Ron will be sending
out more since we got additional names of interested
statisticians-those who attended filled out information for the drawing
for the door prizes.
- Need a POC for AMSTAT
NEWS-Nancy nominated Dale Anderson, since he asked for a tasking-all
agreed to him taking that job. This job is to keep our
activities in front of the AMSTAT NEWS readers. So everyone should
remember to include Dale on what you are doing.
- Web site for cmte.-Nancy and
others discussed the need to continue to improve our site and to
continue its role in getting more statisticians involved through that
site. All felt we had done a lot of good work here and
supported Ron and Alyson continuing this activity. All also
supported the cmte.'s outreach work, including the excellent article by
Scott Evans in AMSTAT NEWS. The cmte. members saw these two
tasks as linked as our web site is an important outreach tool.
- Cmte. budget/need for Joint
Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) nominee for 2003-Nancy noted
that she believed our cmte. budget had been approved (since
confirmed-actually we asked for $3,450 and got $3,500). As
part of the budget we will again try to get a statistician nominated to
the JCOC activity. John Rolph was our nominee last year (he
was an alternate but was not called) and we could nominate him
again. We could also nominate some other statistician, and
Nancy asked for ideas. If you have someone to nominate,
please talk w/them to make sure they would take this on, since it
involves a week of travel throughout the country and, although ASA
would pay the JCOC fee of about $2000, the person would have to take
the week off and get themselves to and from Wash., D.C. to begin/end
the week. In any case, Nancy needs proposed other nominees by
- 2002 Invited Session
report. All reported that it went very well and Nancy, as
chair of the session, reported excellent presentations/discussion and a
good turnout (about 350 attendees). She noted our cmte's
appreciation that ASA asked our cmte. to organize this
session. ASA also did an excellent job advertising these late
breaking sessions, which Nancy believes was important in the good
- Feedback from Cmte. chairs
mtg. Nancy reported that one of the interesting things she
learned at the cmte. chairs mtg. was potential, additional uses
of ASA's web site. Everyone should wander around
the members-only part of our cmte.'s web site on the ASA
site. For example, Nancy will post these notes there but will
also get them out by e-mail. (If you don't have a password
for the members-only part of the ASA site, send an e-mail to Steve
Porzio at Steve@amstat.org.)
- Homeland Security
(HLS). The cmte. discussed that we should pick up the HLS
tasking for ASA, since our cmte. is Statisticians in Defense and
National Security. There was also discussion that the risk
folks in ASA were working HLS and maybe we could team w/them.
Further there was discussion that a good invited session for next year
would be one on HLS--similar to our War on Terrorism session this
year. No one volunteered to take this tasking on and Nancy is
looking for a volunteer to lead the cmte.'s activities in this area.
- Prize paper-Dave Olwell
discussed that the Prize this year would be split between two papers
and he will continue this activity for 2003. The cmte. also
discussed ways to get the word out w/Ron saying he will work w/MORS
(the Military Operations Research Society) and others having ideas,
such as working w/Ron Brookmeyer, Beth Holleran, statistics faculty and
others. Please send any ideas you have to Dave O. or work
w/him on them.
- Dave Olwell raised the issue
of the need for our cmte. to take on educating our customer-defense and
national security folks-about what statisticians can contribute to
their jobs. At the invited session it was mentioned afterward
that we might want to set up an advisory group of statisticians to
advise DoD, similar to groups that advise the Census Bureau, and the
Energy Dept. I believe Dave O. said he would take the lead on
this and Nancy volunteered to work it too.
- Linda Gage, our cmte.'s ASA
liaison, saw me at our cmte.'s mixer and apologized for missing our
cmte. mtg. She is very interested in our work. We were glad
so many of our members could attend the cmte. mtg. and welcomed our
visitors. Please note Bonnie Ray has a new e-mail-since she
has a new job.
- JCOC proposed nominees to
Nancy-All-by mid September.
- Web site work/soliciting
interested statisticians/outreach-Ron Fricker, Alyson Wilson and Scott
- Cmte. POC for AMSTAT NEWS-Dale
- Student paper prize-Dave Olwell
- Computer security, information
assurance-Bonnie Ray (Would anyone else like to sign on to
- Lead the cmte. on addressing
Homeland Security issues and possibly lead an ASA invited paper session
on the issue for 2003. (Any volunteers?)
- Educating our customer-Nancy
Spruill and Dave Olwell. (Scott, you could help a lot here
too. Would you like to join us on this?)
- Review Committee
Charge-All--and send Nancy and Ron any additional tasks you would like
to take the lead on. I'd especially like someone-maybe Rob
Easterling or Fritz Scholz to take on the success stories/lessons
learned tasks-with postings to our web site. Our four major
- Serve as the ASA focal
for contact with other organizations on statistical matters related to
Defense and National Security (DNS).
- Involve statisticians in
policy work, (including "success stories" and "lessons learned" on how
statistics has influenced policy-making processes).
- Pursue dual paradigm of
Committee and ASA Section
- Document Cmte.
promises to do this last one, even if it is after I rotate off the
cmte. I'm the one who knows the most about the history.
- $300 working breakfast or
lunch for Committee meeting at 2003 JSM.
- 550 for prize/cash award and
plaque for "best student paper on defense and national security
topics"--we awarded our first prize for such a paper with our 2001
funds, at last year's Joint Statistical Meetings and use our 2002
budget funds to award a 2002 prize at the upcoming meetings.
The committee has a process for soliciting and reviewing papers.
- $400 for web site
support--consisting of $250 for hosting and the remaining for updating
software/web spinner support. We have used our FY 2001/FY
2002 funds to set up and begin using such a web site(www.statdns.org).
- $200 for committee support
such as conference calls, postage to do outreach for interested
- $2000 for either
a. Participation in
the Secretary of Defense's Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. (We
will try again this year to get a statistician selected. Our
nominee for 2002, John Rolph, was on the alternative list this year but
because of the increased interest in the military as a result of
September 11, there were not enough cancellations for him to be
included. Again this August, we will submit a nominee to the
Secretary of Defense's calls for nominations. The Department
is looking for regional and national opinion leaders to participate in
the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference the following
Spring. Nominations must be by senior Department officials
and I worked several years ago to get Dr. Joe Hilbe, ASA member,
nominated. He attended and an article describing his
participation and the value he saw from his participation appears in
the February 2001 AMSTAT NEWS. The conference provides valuable
insights about the strengths and readiness of the U.S. Armed Forces to
participants. It would be an excellent way to increase the
link between statisticians and the defense community and to develop
relationships that would allow statisticians to be called upon to serve
on defense advisory boards, such as the Defense Science Board and the
Services' Science Boards. Only 60 nominees are selected and
participants, or their company or other sponsor, are expected to pay
their expenses for the conference, which was about $2000 for the last
conference. The call memorandum for the FY 2003 conference is expected
in August 2002.
b. Outreach, such as
Hosting a Mixer for Statisticians in Defense and National Security at
The competition for the Joint
Civilian Orientation Conference is stiff but I have two Under
Secretaries of Defense and the Director, Operational Test and
Evaluation who are willing to nominate an ASA member. If our
nominee is not selected, however, we would instead use these $s to
increase our outreach to statisticians in defense and national security
and to host, at the 2003 Joint Statistical Meetings, a get-acquainted
mixer for ASA members involved/interested in National Defense and
Security issues. We are doing this with our funds at the 2002
Annual Meetings and believe it will be very successful. We
will reach out to ASA members in both government and industry and
encourage them to become involved, and get other statisticians
involved, in defense issues. We will work w/industry--firms
like Lockheed Martin and Boeing--to get them to also attend and have
available literature on issues important to defense for ASA members to
see. We would also try to get some government, defense folks
who hire statisticians to attend and share what issues statisticians
can help address.
- Established an expanded cmte.
web site, which is linked to the cmte.'s ASA web-site. This site can be
accessed directly at http://www.statdns.org/start.html. It contains
links to other defense sites-such as the Department of Defense's
DefenseLink and allows other interested statisticians to add their
name/info to the list of statisticians interested in defense and
national security or to advertise upcoming conferences, etc.
- Established a prize for the
best student paper applying statistics to defense and national security
issues and awarded the 1st such annual prize. Award (plaque and $500)
went to Major John W. Leffers, who was a student at Fort Leavenworth.
His paper was an unclassified summary of his thesis written last year
at the Naval Postgraduate School--Statistical Validation of Track
Quality Numbers for Joint Interoperability Testing of Theater Air and
Missile Defense Families of Systems.
- Sponsored a JSM session on
Anthrax and Other Vaccines: Just the Stats. The session was excellent,
although attendance was limited due to it being on Sunday, 5 August, at
- Worked w/Dr. Joe Hilbe, who
had attended the Department of Defense's Joint Civilian Orientation
Conference (JCOC)-a week long conference for senior civilian leaders to
learn more about the Department of Defense--, to get an article on his
experiences in AMSTAT News (Feb. 2001). The cmte. has worked w/the
Department of Defense to get Dr. John Rolph nominated to the next JCOC.
He is currently on the 2002 waiting list and will likely be able to
attend. (The cost of this conference is being funded from our cmte.'s
- Worked w/the Department of
Defense on their Workshop (at the National Academy of Sciences) on
Statistical Methods in Software Engineering for Defense Systems, held
19-20 July, 2001.
- Identified and assigned
specific committee member taskings consistent with our recently
- Obtained limited ASA funding
supporting two specific taskings--establishing linkages between
interested statisticians and individuals in the defensd and national
security communities and a student paper prize fund.
- Discussed planning details for
a 2001 JSM invited session focusing n DOD issues concerning anthrax and
- Discussed possibilities for
various contributed sessions at the 2001 JSM, with responsibilities
relegated to any interested individuals.
- Discussed various approaches
to modernizing our dedicated committee web page.
- Finalized conversion to a
3-3-3 annual rotation of committee members.
- Discussed possible letters to
the National Research Council, from our committee and/or ASA elements,
concerning an issue of publication integrity.
- Rewrote draft charge (numerous
times), coordinated drafts with various Board members, and obtained
formal ASA Board approval.
- Sponsored 2 successful
sessions at 1999 JSM, but no plans for 2000.
- Updated and discussed possible
upgrades to Committee homepage.
- Nominated and secured position
for Joe Hilbe (Arizona State) to participate in the Joint Civilian
Orientation Conference (aimed at introducing the civilian sector to the
U.S. Defense Department).
- Discussed possible means for
enhancing exchanges between statisticians and the security communities.
- Discussed possible nominees
for future Committee membership.
- Formally supported AAAS
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) resolution
entitled "The Universality of Science and Freedom in the Conduct of
- The Committee identified and
recruited speakers for the session "Physics Plus Statistics: Military
Applications," at the 1998 Spring Research Conference on Statistics in
Industry and Technology. This conference, co-sponsored by ASA/SPES and
IMS, was held 3-5 June 1998, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Speakers Bill
McDonald, Naval Surface Warfare Center, and David Spalding, Institute
for Defense Analyses, presented papers pertaining to the interface of
statistics with computer models of complex physical phenomena, such as
weapon effects on targets. Committee member Rob Easterling organized
the session and served as a discussant, and Ray Waller, Executive
Director of ASA chaired the session.
- The Committee organized and
co-sponsored two invited sessions of the JSM in Dallas: the widely
attended and acclaimed General Methodology session on "Statistical
Investigation of Gulf War Syndrome" (organized by Don Gaver), and the
session on "Assessment of Drug Interdiction Activities" (organized by
Art Fries and co-sponsored by the Business & Economics
- Regard the 1999 JSM in
Baltimore, the Committee has already secured an invited session and one
(or possibly two) contributed paper sessions"all co-sponsored by the
Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences. The invited session,
"Statistical Science in Defense"Star Wars, Testing Weapons Systems,
Getting to the Bottom of the Gulf War Syndrome, and Describing What We
Get for $250B," was organized by Nancy Spruill. The contributed
session(s), dealing with various security topics, was organized by Art
Fries. For further information on any of these sessions, please contact
the respective organizer or, once the information is finalized, visit
the appropriate location within the ASA WWW site.
- The Committee (primarily Nancy
Spruill) again supported and facilitated the formal nomination of Joe
Hilbe from Arizona State to join this year,s Joint Civilian Orientation
Conference (JCOC), run by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Dr. Hilbe was selected for participation and will attend the JCOC
sessions, from 24 April to 2 May. [For additional information on the
JCOC (and the Defense Science Study Group for recent Ph.D.,s), please
see the Committee article in the March 1997 issue of AMSTAT News, or
contact Art Fries.]
- With the assistance of
computer-literate colleagues at the Institute for Defense Analyses
(IDA), Art Fries developed the Committee homepage and linked it to the
appropriate ASA site. Suggestions for possible improvements to the
Committee homepage are welcome and should be forwarded to Art Fries.
- Several Committee members
reviewed the National Research Council (NRC) Report on testing in the
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), "Statistics, Testing, and Defense
Acquisition New Approaches and Methodological Improvements." There was
general agreement with the reports findings and conclusions, but there
did not seem to be any apparent vehicle for the Committee, either
collectively or individually, to attempt to facilitate the
implementation of specific report recommendations.
- Several Committee members
reviewed recent DoD acquisition reform proposals, especially
initiatives to limit, short circuit or eliminate operational testing
requirements. Given the current prevalent attitudes to these proposals,
however, it was determined that no Committee actions, at either the
collective or individual levels, would be necessary.
- Several Committee members
reviewed a recently instituted U.S. Air Force policy dealing with
sample sizes for annual testing of strategic missile systems. Although
there was general concern regarding the statistical validity of the
methodology underlying the policy, it remained unclear as to what could
or should be done about it. Attempts to incorporate this issue into the
NRC study of DoD testing (see above) were unsuccessful. Art Fries
solicited internal research funding from IDA to convene a panel of
statistical experts to study the matter, but the request was denied.
Since that time, however, Art Fries (possibly to be joined by other
Committee members) has been asked by the editors of an upcoming
Handbook of Statistics on Reliability volume to provide two review
papers, one that could deal with aspects of the missile testing
- Committee members engaged in a
series of productive discussions with Carol Redmond from the ASA
Committee on Committees, dealing with the future of our Committee. One
product of these exchanges is the draft Committee Charge displayed at
the beginning of this homepage. The draft is currently under review by
the Committee on Committees.
- Rob Easterling, in his role as
member at the ASA Committee on Fellows, solicited from our Committee
membership names of prospective candidates for ASA Fellows. Recognizing
that statisticians in DoD are few and far apart, this call for
candidates is consistent with the Committee on Fellows current
initiative to identify qualified "isolated" statisticians who are not
being nominated. Our Committee membership provided useful feedback, and
appropriate nomination activities were initiated.
- The Committee sponsored two
sessions at the 1997 JSM in Anaheim: the invited papers session
"Testing Defense Systems: Can Statistics Help?," and the special
contributed papers session on "Topics in National &
International Security." Formally submitted papers appeared in the ASA
1997 Proceedings of the Section on Government Statistics and Section on
- The Committee secured two
invited paper sessions for the 1998 JSM in Dallas, dealing with Gulf
War Syndrome and with Drug Interdiction Analyses.
- In response to an AMSTAT NEWS
article (March 1997) describing the Committee, several statisticians
expressed interest in participating in this year,s Joint Civilian
Orientation Conference (JCOC) run by the Office of the Secretary of
Defense (OSD). Because of schedule conflicts, however, the number who
could apply was reduced to one Joe Hilbe from Arizona State. Committee
members (most of the work done by Nancy Spruill) facilitated this
process and two high-level offices within OSD formally nominated Dr.
Hilbe for JCOC participation. Although he ultimately was not selected
(very few are on their first attempt!), Dr. Hilbe indicated he would
try again next year.
- The AMSTAT NEWS article also
outlined opportunities for statisticians to participate in the Defense
Science Study Group (DSSG) organized by the Institute for Defense
Analyses (IDA). The DSSG initiative introduces leading young (i.e.,
recent Ph.D.,s) scientists and engineers to national security issues
and the defense community. Each DSSG class participates in a series of
technical interchanges that span a two-year period, including visits to
military installations, laboratories and industrial facilities, and
seminars by key defense officials. Numerous past DSSG members now
routinely serve on Defense Science Boards or otherwise actively
interact with defense organizations. Regrettably, no statisticians
expressed any interest in being nominated to the DSSG.
- Don Gaver and Art Fries
participated in a telephone conference with members from the ASA
Committee on Committees. Discussions focused on what our Committee had
contributed to date, and whether there should be some movement to
convert to a Section. It appears that, at least for the near-term, the
Committee structure will be retained.
- Mike Cohen explored the
possibility of ASA assisting us in creating a WWW homepage for the
Committee, including a direct two-way link to the existing ASA site.
Apparently ASA can establish such linkage, but can neither create nor
maintain a committee history.