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Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research

1st Edition

Edited by Natalie M. Scala, James P. Howard, II

Chapman and Hall/CRC

528 pages | 125 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-03-09
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Operations research (OR) is a core discipline in military and defense management. Coming to the forefront initially during World War II, OR provided critical contributions to logistics, supply chains, and strategic simulation, while enabling superior decision making for Allied forces. OR has grown to include analytics and many applications, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and big data, and is the cornerstone of management science in manufacturing, marketing, telecommunications, and many other fields.

The Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research presents the voices leading OR and analytics to new heights in security through research, practical applications, case studies, and lessons learned in the field.


  • Applies the experiences of educators and practitioners working in the field
  • Employs the latest technology developments into case studies and applications
  • Identifies best practices unique to the military, security, and national defense problem space
  • Highlights similarities and dichotomies between analyses and trends that are unique to military, security, and defense problems


"The Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research is an excellent introduction to the application of operations research and analytics techniques to current defense related problems."

—Emeritus Professor Steve Horton, United States Military Academy

Table of Contents

Part I: Approaches

Modern Data Analytics for the Military Operations Researcher

Raymond R. Hill

Microsoft Excel: The Universal Tool of Analysis

Joseph M. Lindquist, Charles A. Sulewski

Military Decision Analysis

Roger Chapman Burk

Military Workforce Planning and Manpower Modeling

Nathaniel D. Bastian, Andrew O. Hall

Military Assessments

Lynette Arnhart, Marvin King

Threatcasting in a Military Setting

Natalie Vanatta, Brian David Johnson

Analytical Modeling of Stochastic Systems

Roger Chapman Burk

Modern Methods for Characterization of Social Networks Through Network Models

Christine M. Schubert Kabban, Fairul Mohd-Zaid, Richard F. Deckro

Process Optimization Through Structured Problem Solving

David M. Bernacki, Robert E. Hamm, Jr., Hung-da Wan

Simulation Optimization

Shane N. Hall, Brian M. Wade, Benjamin G. Thengvall

Analytical Test Planning for Defense Acquisitions

Darryl K. Ahner, Gina Sigler

Part II: Soft skills and client relations

Why Won’t They Use Our Model?

Walt DeGrange, Wilson L. Price

From BOGSAT to Turbo Teams

F. Freeman Marvin

Part III: Applications

A Model for and Inventory of Cybersecurity Values: Metrics and Best Practices

Natalie M. Scala, Paul L. Goethals

Applying Information Theory to Validate Commanders’ Critical Information Requirements

Mark A. C. Timms, David R. Mandel, Jonathan D. Nelson

Modeling and Inferencing of Activity Profiles of Terrorist Groups

Vasanthan Raghavan

Expert COSYSMO Systems Engineering Cost Model and Risk Advisor

Raymond Madachy, Ricardo Valerdi

Part IV: Perspectives

How Data Science Happens

James P. Howard, II

Modernizing Military Operations Research Education

Chris Arney, Michael Yankovich, Krista Watts

Strategic Analytics and the Future of Military Operations Research

Greg H. Parlier

About the Series

Chapman & Hall/CRC Series in Operations Research

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Operations Research
MATHEMATICS / Probability & Statistics / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Operations Research