In order to provide consistent supervision for its operations, the Board of Directors
has established a number of standing committees. some examples are:
- Communities of Practice (CoPs)
- Education and Professional Development
- Ethics and Professional Practice
- Special Meetings
- Special Sessions
- Strategic Planning
- Working Group/Composite Group
Serving as a member on one of these committees is a great way to get involved with MORS for the first time.
The Audit Committee conducts an audit of the Society’s books in accordance with Article 10 of the Bylaws of the Society.
MORS annually presents awards in direct support of the Society's purpose to enhance the quality and effectiveness of national security analysis (the advancement and application of the interdisciplinary field of Operations Research to National Security issues) through the recognition of outstanding individuals in the profession and the accomplishment of outstanding work by individuals and teams. The Awards Committee will evaluate each candidate nominated for an award and recommend to the Executive Council the name of the person to be presented the Vance R. Wanner Memorial Award, the Clayton J. Thomas Award, the John K. Walker, Jr. Award, and the Wayne P. Hughes, Jr. Award on behalf of the Society.
For information on each of these awards, please see the MORS Recognize Excellence page at http://www.mors.org/recognize_excellence/default.aspx
Communities of Practice (CoPs) Committee
In general, an attendee at an annual symposium can brief their completed work, while an attendee at a special meeting can meet to work for a couple of days on an analytical issue determined by the MORS Leadership. What if someone would like to meet more frequently to share information and work on projects in their area of expertise? As a result of these needs, MORS created Communities of Practice (COPs) to keep the discussions and networking going all year long. The CoP Committee validates the need for new COPs, ensures continued growth and viability of existing COPs, and terminates COPs that are no longer value added.
For more information on the MORS Communities of Practice and a tutorial about starting / maintaining MORS CoPs, please see the MORS Communities page at http://www.mors.org/events/mors_communities.aspx
Education and Professional Development
The Education and Professional Development (EPD) Committee monitors and reports to the Board of Directors on educational and professional developments affecting national security operations research and recommend related actions to be taken by the Society. Members of this committee provide support to the MORS Student Chapters, as necessary; plan, coordinate and conduct the annual Education Colloquium; assist the Tutorials and Junior/Senior Analyst Coordinators for the annual symposium; create and implement a mentorship program for the Society; and develop training, as requested. For information on the MORS Mentoring Program, please visit http://www.mors.org/jobs/mentorship_opportunities.aspx
For information on the current EPD Colloquium, please visit http://www.mors.org/events/education_and_professional_development_colloquium.aspx
For information on past EPD Colloquia, please visit http://www.mors.org/events/completed.aspx
Ethics and Professional Practice Committee
The committee reviews issues related to the ethics and professional practices of the Society as directed by the President. The committee reviews complaints of unprofessional or unethical behavior related to Society business brought against any member of the Board of Directors, employee of the Society, or other individual acting on behalf of the Society. Make recommendations to the President on the disposition of such complaints. The committee also reviews the Society’s Code of Conduct for Directors and Employees and the Aspirational Code for continued relevance and recommends changes as appropriate.
The mission of the Heritage Committee is to collect and preserve the historical legacy of the Society and to promote programs that encourage a better understanding of the development of military operations research. The committee’s purpose is to record the significant activities, preserve the society’s oral, written and multi-media products and garner the historical intellectual property of the profession of military OR. The committee is designed to perform limited research, gather noteworthy documentation, conduct oral histories, establish repositories for heritage items and solicit from the membership contributions of writings, journals, and annual reports. To learn more about MORS Oral History Program and read some oral histories from our OR Leaders and Originators, please visit http://www.mors.org/about/mors_oral_histories.aspx
The Management Committee supervises the financial, legal and business affairs of the society.
The Membership Committee supervises membership matters and conducts the annual membership survey.
The Nominating Committee provides the Board of Directors with a list of qualified nominees for election to the positions of President-Elect, Vice President for Finance and Management, Vice President for Meeting Operations, Vice President for Member and Society Services, and Secretary of the Society, as well as being a Director on the MORS Board.
The Prize Committee evaluates the available work of all eligible contenders for a given prize to be awarded on behalf of the Society. MORS offers two prizes for best papers – the Richard H. Barchi Prize and the Rist Prize. The Barchi Prize is awarded to the best paper from the entire previous symposium, while the Rist Prize is awarded to the best paper in national security operations research submitted in response for a call for papers. The Prize Committee can always use extra sets of eyes to review the nominated papers. For information on each of these prizes, please see the MORS Recognize Excellence page at http://www.mors.org/recognize_excellence/default.aspx
The Publications Committee recommends activities to the Board of Directors with respect to operations research oriented publications. These publications include military OR texts, MOR
journal articles, and PHALANX
articles. For more information on MORS Publications, please visit http://www.mors.org/publications/default.aspx
Special Meeting Committee
In addition to the MORS Symposium, the Society conducts special meetings to address significant and complex problems. For these issue-specific workshops and mini-symposia, MORS defines the problem in advance with a concept paper which eventually turns into a document entitled “Terms of Reference (TOR).” Participants with specific interest and expertise collaboratively share information about the problem, discuss issues in depth and work together to produce useful results. Arrangements and products for each meeting are tailored to best accomplish its specific purpose. The number of attendees may range from a dozen to over 300. Since the first MORS Workshop in January 1985, MORS has held two to five special meetings each year. For more information on Special Meetings, a tutorial on volunteering for special meetings, and a listing of upcoming and completed special meetings, please visit the MORS Special Meeting page at http://www.mors.org/events/special_meetings.aspx
As with the annual symposium, a good place to get involved for the first time with special meetings is as a working group co-chair. The duties of the co-chair include assisting the working group chair in the preparation of the agenda and invitation lists, as well as performing other duties as may be delegated by the chair. More information is available in the Special Meeting Tutorial.
Special Sessions Committee
The committee coordinates the special sessions at the annual symposium. Special sessions consist of formally prepared papers or panels centered on a theme approved by the Board of Directors. On this committee, besides assisting the Special Session Committee Chair communicating with the speakers, you can develop the hot topic sessions, coordinate with the MORS Sponsor offices for their sessions, work with the EPD Committee for the Junior / Senior Analyst session, work with the Prize Committee Chair for the Prize Paper session, and work with the Heritage Committee for the Heritage session – to ensure all paperwork is completed and received and to assist with the respective pre- and actual symposium activities.
Strategic Planning Committee
The Strategic Planning Committee coordinates with the MORS Sponsors and their representatives to understand and record strategic interests and objectives for national security operations research analysts. It develops, updates, and reviews periodically a strategic appraisal of the MORS organizational capability to meet military decision makers’ needs and goals. The committed develops or updates annually a five-year strategic plan for MORS. It works with the MORS Board of Directors, committees and working groups to ensure that strategic interests are being met through meetings, colloquia, publications, and other information distribution. Reviews products annually based on the five-year strategic plan. The Committee Chair briefs incoming and current Executive Council on strategic issues and directions for MORS.
The principal product of the Military Operations Research Society is the MORS Symposium (MORSS). MORSS is classified, normally three days in duration, and recent attendance has been by over 1000 persons representing all military services (uniformed and civilian), government agencies, contractors and academic institutions. MORSS typically includes concurrent general and working group sessions and tutorials. If you are interested in getting involved with MORSS but not with the working groups, you can volunteer to work on the Program Staff to assist with the Plenary session, Tutorials / Short Course, Information Technology, Security, VIP Program, or Demonstrations / Poster Teams.
The plenary session consists of a keynote presentation and the MORS annual membership meeting. Working with the Tutorials Lead, you can assist soliciting tutorials and short courses. Working with the IT Team, you can help ensure all IT needs are covered. Working with the Security Team, you can help ensure guards and other security needs. Working with the VIP program team, you can lend a hand assuring all VIPs are identified, have received and completed all necessary paperwork, are assisted with pre-symposium coordination, and are assisted with all procedures, including registration, at the symposium. You can also assist the respective coordinators in solicitation of demonstrations and posters, as well as facilitate in the coordination and set-up in their assigned locations.
Working Group/Composite Group Committee
In the annual symposium, there are more than 30 working groups, typically having 15 to 35 members that provide for informal discussion and debate on specific issues, methods and applications of operations research. The “backbone” of MORSS is these working groups. MORS is always soliciting volunteers to be a part of this “backbone.” What part? A good place to get involved for the first time is as a working group co-chair. The duties of the
co-chair include assisting the working group chair in the preparation of the agenda and invitation lists, as well as performing other duties as may be delegated by the chair.
There are also six composite groups you can volunteer to help. These composite groups consist of two or more working groups that are joined for a common thread of interest, and usually meet for a single session during a symposium. By volunteering here, you can help the Composite Group Chair solicit papers and coordinate the presentations during these sessions.