The Military Operations Research Society (MORS) and the Security Analysis and Risk Management Association (SARMA) are pleased to announce that all SARMA members are now MORS members. SARMA's Board of Directors and SARMA's members voted unanimously to become part of MORS.  SARMA’s mission of providing a collaborative and open environment to promote further development, standardization, and professionalization of the security analysis and risk management disciplines will be supported by the MORS National Security Risk Analysis Community of Practice.  MORS is very pleased to welcome the distinguished SARMA members to the MORS team and looks forward to continued collaboration in support of the National Security Risk community.  For more information about MORS and SARMA membership, please contact MORS Director of Member Services, Eric Kokuma at

Points of Contact

CoP Lead:  Arch Turner


Description / Overview

The overarching purpose of the CoP is to enhance the quality of risk analysis used to inform U.S. National Security decision making by providing CoP members a forum for:

  • Increasing the awareness of CoP participants of current national security risk analysis methods and approaches, their strengths and their strengths and weaknesses in the context of various applications,
  • Identifying, documenting and sharing among CoP participants national security risk analysis best practices regarding analytical resources including methods, approaches, models, data sources, etc., 
  • Identifying national security risk analysis capability shortfalls, suggesting possible mitigations, and, or raising the awareness of appropriate U.S. National Security establishment and, or other leadership of national security risk analysis areas in need of research and, or new knowledge,
  • Establishing a mutually supportive collaborative network of national security risk analysis professionals.

CoP sessions will feature national security and risk analysis subject matter expert speakers and topical discussions as recommended by CoP participants. The CoP will focus initially on reviewing and extending the knowledge developed and the findings of the October 2014 MORS/SARMA Workshop. CoP efforts will be directed so as to ultimately contribute to the goal of developing, producing and maintaining a National Security Risk Analysis Body of Knowledge (NSRABoK). The NSRABoK will be a “living document” that will be valuable resource for the national security risk analysis community. It will include a compilation of information regarding important national security risk analysis components including, but not limited to: 

  • Categories and, or classes of significant national security risks,
  • Categories and, or classes of national security decisions that must be informed by risk analysis,
  • Nature and quality of risk analysis input decision makers require to properly inform/support the various categories/classes of decisions to be made,
  • Methods, techniques, models and other analytical tools used to perform risk analysis in support of national security decision categories/classes,
  • Types, sources and methods of acquiring the data required to facilitate the conduct of the kinds of risk analysis needed to support the various identified categories/classes of national security decisions.
  • Prioritization of disparate/seemingly incomparable inter- and intra-domain national security risks,
  • Documented validation, verification and, or accreditation of analytical tools for use in individual national security risk analysis applications,
  • Documented historical “track record” of risk analysis methods, approaches, models, etc. in various applications.


    Connecting and Contributing to the CoP


    Please plan on participating in the 17 September National Security Risk Analysis Community of Practice kickoff session.  Additional information on the in-person venue and how to RSVP for it and on how to participate in the session remotely will be disseminated shortly.

    Individuals interested in participating in the MORS National Security Risk Analysis Community of Practice are encouraged to contact Arch Turner at or, or 202 254 6628.  Please use this same contact information to submit inputs or your suggestions regarding CoP activities and subject matter and, or to share relevant materials.  Your inputs are most welcome and will be appreciated and greatly valued.  

    National Security Risk Analysis Calendar

    CoP Meeting
    Start Date/Time:
    Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:00 PM
    End Date/Time:
    Thursday, April 27, 2017 1:00 PM
    Recurring Event:
    One time event
    Normal Priority

    We will be holding a U.S. National Security Risk Analysis Community of Practice Session on Thursday, 27 April from 12:00-1:00 EST.  Session will focus on the MORS U.S. National Security Risk Analyst Certificate Program.  Risk Science subject matter experts Dr. Barry Ezell and Dr. Kenneth Crowther will be participating.  POC is Dr. Arch Turner (  

    Access the CoP session video via Go To Meeting at  To hear and participate in the discussion it will be necessary to dial in to 872-240-3212, Access code: 483-991-965 as audio is not accessible via Adobe Connect.  Participation via call in alone is available at the same phone number. 


    An in person session will be held at the Mitre Corporation facility in Mc Lean VA.  Directions to the Mitre facility, building and room numbers will be promulgated.
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