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John K. Walker, Jr. Award

Candidates are considered annually for the Walker Award to recognize the author(s) of the technical article judged to be the best published in PHALANX, The Bulletin of Military Operations Research, during the previous calendar year. The Walker Award is an annual award. Persons considered to be deserving candidates for the Walker Award should be evaluated by the purpose, criteria for eligibility, and candidate award procedures that follow.

Purpose of the Award:

  • To establish a memorial to John K. Walker, Jr., a respected colleague, PHALANX Editor for twelve years and PHALANX Editor Emeritus for seven years, who by his long-term involvement with the Military Operations Research Society gave so much of enduring value to the military operations research community.
  • To give evidence of the belief of the Military Operations Research Society that operations research represents people who apply scientific method to build quantitative models, manipulate data, evaluate results and who publish these result in a suitable form in PHALANX, a forum to the broader community.
  • To emphasize that PHALANX, the Bulletin of Military Operations Research, promotes communication among practitioners of military operations research that are timely, important, and interesting to the PHALANX audience.

We will identify and recognize members of our profession who have expanded the application of military operations research techniques, improved their set of analytical tools, communicated the results of their work to the broader analytic community by publishing an article in PHALANX.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Individuals must have published a technical article in PHALANX during the previous calendar year whose content is judged to be timely, interesting and important to the PHALANX audience.
  • Each published article will be judged on the basis of its ability to communicate to the military operations research community the ideas of the author(s) clearly, concisely, and unambiguously.
  • Current Sponsors, members of the Board of Directors, members of the PHALANX editorial staff including PHALANX Department Editors, members of the editorial staff of Military Operations Research Journal including MOR Associate Editors, and members of the Publications Committee are not eligible for the Walker Award.


2013 - Risk-Assessment Framework
Clifford D. Tompkins , Douglas A. Boerman,and Major Walter J. Lesinski III
Col Karl Gingrich, CDR Matthew Shane, and Maj Matthew Durkin
Volume 44, Number 1

2011 - The Maritime Timeline Analysis and Requirements Toolset (M-TART)
Neil Carson and Jean-Denis Caron
Volume 43, Number 4

2010 - Bayesian Networks for the Human Element
Leroy A. "Jack" Jackson and MAJ Jonathan K. Alt
Volume 42, Number 2

2009 - So a Wargamer and a Black Swan Walk into a Bar…
Peter Perla
Volume 41, Number 4

2008 - Quantifying “Persistence” in the Context of Find-Fix-Finish (FFF)
Roy E. Rice, FS
Volume 40, Number 2

2007 - Loitering Aircraft as a Capability Added for Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems
Gregory Boylan, Bobbie L. Foote and Roger Burk
Volume 39, Number 1

2006 - Modeling Army Officer Promotions
LTC David Briggs
Volume 38, Number 4

2005 - Modeling Precision Munitions: The Average Isn't Good Enough
Peter A. Davidson
Volume 37, Number 1

2004 - An Agent Based Modeling Approach to Quantifying the Value of Battlefield Information
MAJ Rob Kewley and LTC Larry Larimer
Volume 36, Number 2

2003 - Exploring Combat Models for Non-Monotonicities and Remedies
Major William Vinyard and Professor Tom Lucas
Volume 35, Number 1

2002 - Bits, Bangs or Bucks? The Coming Information Crisis
Professor Alan R. Washburn
Part I, Volume 34, Number 3 and Part II, Volume 34, Number 4

2001 - Scenario Analysis in US Army Decision Making
Richard R. Laferriere and Stephen M. Robinson
Volume 33, Number 1

2000 - System Stability: A Proxy for Graceful Degradation
James P. Ignizio
Volume 32, Number 1

1999 - Information Superiority and Game Theory: The Value of Information in Four Games
Jerome Bracken and Richard E. Darilek
Volume 31, Number 4

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