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The 88th MORS Symposium will be held from 15-19 June virtually. The focus for this Symposium will be, "Multi-Discipline Analysis in National Security."

Plan to join influential Operation Analysts from Government, Industry and Academia at the MORS 88th Symposium this June! The MORS Symposium is the signature event attended annually by over 1,000 Operation Research Professionals. This year's theme, “Multi-Discipline Analysis in National Security,” emphasizes the Society’s goal of leading the national security analysis community in the development of cutting-edge tools, techniques, and best practices.

Present at Symposium and have guaranteed to:

  • Educational training opportunities through Tutorials and CEU courses
  • Collaborative and idea-sharing environment
  • 35 + Working Groups
  • Special Focus Sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Demonstration Sessions
  • Courses with CEU Credits

Keynote Speaker

Vice Admiral Michael F. McAllister, USCG

Vice Admiral Michael F. McAllister assumed the duties of Deputy Commandant for Mission Support at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 25th 2018. As Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, Vice Admiral McAllister leads the 17,000-person organization that delivers the systems and people that enable the U.S. Coast Guard to efficiently and effectively perform its operational missions. He is responsible for all facets of support for the Coast Guard’s diverse mission set through oversight of human capital, lifecycle engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology and security. Read More

Tutorials, Special Sessions, Posters and Demos

View or download - List of demos, posters, special sessions and tutorials

Confirmed Presentations

Approved Abstracts

Visit the list of presentations being offered in some of Hot Topic working groups.


24 April

Presenters Notified

15 May

Early Registration Ends

16 May

Regular Registration Begins

3 June

All Presentations Uploaded

3 June

712 Forms Uploaded by all Presenters

15-19 June

88th MORS Online Symposium


Due By: 2 March (16 March) 2020

Submit an Abstract


To submit an abstract you will need:

  • Abstract Title
  • Working Group(s) for which the abstract will be submitted to
  • Abstract text
  • Presentation classification (if your presentation is FOUO or Law Enforcement Sensitive, please know who is ALLOWED to view the presentation)
  • Presentation Distribution Statement
  • Additional authors names and email addresses

Symposium Downloads:


The 35 Working Groups are the foundation of the annual MORS Symposium. They cover a comprehensive list of topics organized under 7 Composite Group headings. MORS Symposium Working Groups represent all disciplines and professional practices within Operations Research and National Security analysis. To present at the annual Symposium you may submit the same abstract in up two Working Groups. Over the four days of the Symposium each Working Group will have approximately 18 presentations. Working Groups are led by a Chair, Co-Chair, Advisers and members.

View or download - Full list of Working Groups and Distributed Working Groups
View or download - List of demos, posters, special sessions and tutorials
View or download - Working Group Prospectus














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WG Session 3

WG Session 6

WG Session 9

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WG Session 1

WG Session 4

WG Session 7

WG Session 10

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1530 EDT


WG Session 2

WG Session 5

WG Session 8

WG Session 11

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Special Session

Special Session

Special Session

Special Session

Symposium Working Groups

Homeland and International Operations

WG 1 Strategic Operations National Security Analysis

WG 2 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Advanced Explosives (CBRNE) Defense

WG 3 Infrastructure Analyses, Protection and Recovery

WG 4 Homeland Security, Homeland Defense and Civil Support

C4ISR and Net-Centric Operations

WG 5 Information and Cyber Operations

WG 6 Command and Control (C2)

WG 7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

WG 8 Space Acquisition, Testing and Operations

Joint Warfare

WG 9 Air and Missile Defense

WG 10 Joint Campaign Analysis

WG 11 Land and Expeditionary Warfare

WG 12 Maritime Operations

WG 13 Power Projection and Strike

WG 14 Air Warfare


WG 15 Health Service Support, Force Health Protection, and Casualty Estimation

WG 16 Strategic Deployment and Distribution

WG 17 Logistics, Reliability and Maintainability

WG 18 Manpower and Personnel

WG 19 Readiness

WG 20 Analytic Support to Training and Education

WG 21 Operational Energy

Acquisition and Capability Development

WG 23 Measures of Merit

WG 24 Test and Evaluation (T&E) and Experimentation

WG 25 AoAs and Capability Development

WG 26 Cost Analysis

WG 27 Decision Analysis

Interdisciplinary Advances in OR

WG 22 Military Assessments

WG 28 Advances in Modeling and Simulation Techniques

WG 29 Computational Advances in OR

WG 30 Wargaming

WG 34 Data Science and Analytics

WG 35 AI and Autonomous Systems

Hybrid Warfare

WG 31 Operational Environments

WG 32 Special Operations and Irregular Warfare

WG 33 Social Science Methods and Applications

DWG Distributed Working Groups

DWG 1 Human Behavior and Performance

DWG 2 Unmanned Systems

DWG 3 Emerging Operations Research



Payment Options
The "Invoice Me" option can only be used for the registration fee. This option won't appear if you have social tickets, CEU courses or tutorials in your cart. If you need assistance registering please contact Ms. Tina Yan, tina.yan@mors.org.

Cancellation Policy:
MORS will refund 100% of all registration fees for cancellations received by COB, 15 May. Between 16 May and 1 June, a 50% refund will be issued for cancelled registrations. After 2 June, no refunds will be issued.

*88th Participant Disclosures*


Ends 5/15

Begins 5/16

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US Federal Government




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Award and Prizes

MORS recognizes members of the OR community who are contributing to meaningful projects and significant studies, making an impact in the field, and consistently contributing to the advancement of the military operations research profession. We are currently accepting nomination packets for the Wayne P. Hughes Junior Analyst, Clayton J. Thomas, and the Vance R. Wanner Memorial awards. All nomination packets are due by COB, 14 February 2020 in order to be included for consideration. To read more about these awards, the individuals for whom the awards are named, and to view the nomination criteria and instructions, view the MORS recognition page.

Richard H. Barchi Prize
Each year the Barchi Prize winner is selected from among presentations given at the previous year’s Symposium. Each Working Group, Composite Group and general session selects one presentation from all those presentations given during the three-day period. The presenter is then asked to submit his or her presentation in paper format. Once each group’s nominee has submitted a paper (or has chosen not to) the judging is held and the winning paper is announced at the following MORSS. The winner is awarded a $1,000 cash prize. View or download the full list of those elligible to compete for the Barchi prize.

David Rist Prize
The Rist Prize recognizes the practical benefit sound operations research can have on “real life” decision-making and seeks the best implemented military operations research study from those submitted in response to this 2019 Rist Prize Call for Entries. This call solicits abstracts with letters of endorsement for implemented recommendations from studies or other operations research-based efforts, e.g., analyses, methodology improvements, that influenced major decisions or practices. Entries for individuals or teams submitted in response to this call will be eligible for consideration for the Rist Prize.

Visit the MORS recognition page for full details on submitting an entry.