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The 88th MORS Symposium will be held from 15-18 June at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. 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 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy! 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 access to:

  • Unparalleled networking opportunities on topics that challenge OR Analysts everyday
  • Educational training opportunities through Tutorials and CEU courses
  • Opportunity to meet with experienced Analysts for mentoring and presentation feedback
  • Collaborative and idea sharing environment between young Analysts and seasoned OR Professionals
  • 600+ Classified and Unclassified Presentations
  • 35 Working Groups
  • 24+ Special Focus Sessions
  • 20+ Tutorials
  • 10+ Demonstration Sessions
  • 3+ Courses with CEU Credits

View or download the entire Symposium introduction from current MORS President, Dr. Simon Goerger.


2 March (16 March) Abstracts Due
3 April Early Registration Ends
11 May Approved Foreign Visit Requests Due from Non-U.S. Five Eyes (FVEY)
15 April Presenters Notified
15 May Regular Registration Ends (Last chance to get a 100% registration refund)
18 May Clearances Due for all U.S. Citizens
29 May Poster Deadline
1 June Deadline to Request any Registration Refunds
3 June All Presentations Uploaded
3 June 712 Forms Uploaded by all Presenters
5 June Registration Closes
15-18 June 88th MORS 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 classified or unclassified presentations. Working Groups are led by a Chair, Co-Chair, Advisers and members.

Draft 88th Agenda

View or download - Full list of Working Groups and Distributed Working Groups
View or download - Working Group Prospectus
View or donwload - AI and Autonomy Working Group Flier

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


88th Fees

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*

11/01 - 04/03
04/04 - 5/15
05/16 - onsite
U.S. Federal Government
MORS Sponsor
Member $360 $560 $660
  Non-Member $460 $660 $760
U.S. Federal Government Member $460 $610 $710
  Non-Member $560 $710 $810
National Research Partner
(IDA Employees Only)
Member $459 $594 $684
  Non-Member $549 $684 $774
All Others Member $510 $660 $760
  Non-Member $610 $760 $860

Items that can be purchased separately:

Monday, 15 June
Member - No fee
Non-Member - $100

Tuesday, 16 June
Junior Analyst Lunch - $20
Social, USCG Hall of Fame - $18

Wednesday, 17 June
Networking Lunch - $20

Thursday, 18 June
Thursday 5K Run - $25

Security Clearance

A selection of presentations at the 88th Symposium are classified at the SECRET level. If you hold a U.S. government clearance, regardless of the sessions you plan to attend, you must submit your clearance to MORS. If your clearance is NOT maintained in JPAS, please have your Security Office fax your clearance or submit via encryption directly to MORS.

All forms and clearances are due by 18 May 2020. If your clearance is held in JPAS submit your clearance via JPAS to:

MORS SMO code 6A2864
Meeting: 88th MORS Symposium
Dates: 15 June 2020 thru 18 June 2020
Point of Contact: Taniesha Sims, taniesha.sims@mors.org
Phone: 703.933.9073 Fax: 703-933-9066 or 703-651-5460
MORS Office
2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22201

Host Facility Point of Contact:

LCDR Philip S. Baxa, USCG, Philip.S.Baxa@uscga.edu
Instructor, Department of Mathematics (dm)
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
31 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT 06320

FVEY Visit Request Instructions:

Classified Sessions Held at the SECRET Level

Forms and Clearances Deadline – 11 May 2020

Special arrangements have been made to include cleared participants from Five Eyes (FVEY) countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) whose clearances have been passed to MORS via their Embassy. Five Eyes (FVEY) Participants must have an approved foreign visit request by 11 May 2020 and MORS cannot accept clearances directly from FVEY participants. Email or fax the Foreign Visit Request Number and approved Foreign Visit Request with the following information to Taniesha.Sims@mors.org or Fax to 703.933.9079.


U.S. Coast Guard Academy
31 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT 06320
International Affairs and Foreign Policy
Mark P. Jamias
Regional Advisor - AFRICOM | Foreign Visits Coordinator U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Office of International Affairs and Foreign Policy (CG-DCO-I)
T: 202-372-4460 | E: Mark.P.Jamias@uscg.mil

Host Facility Point of Contact:

LCDR Philip S. Baxa, USCG
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Instructor, Department of Mathematics (dm)

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.


MORS has contracted 7 hotels in the Mystic/New London area for the $104 per diem rate.

Hilton Mystic
Rate: $104
Address: 20 Coogan Blvd.
Phone: (800) 774-1500
Cutoff date: 5/25/2020

Holiday Inn Express Mystic
Rate: $104
Address: 6 Coogan Blvd.
Phone: (860) 572-9065
Cutoff date: 5/13/2020

Holiday Inn New London
Rate: $104
Address: 35 Governor Winthrop Blvd.
Phone: (860) 443-7000
Cutoff date: 5/13/2020

Hyatt Place Mystic
Rate: $104
Address: 224 Greenmanville Ave.
Phone: (860) 536-9997 or (877) 231-2391
Cutoff: 5/14/20
(Click on the hotel link and enter your arrival/departure dates. Under the “Special Rates” drop down menu, choose “Corporate or Group Code” and enter our group’s rate code G-MORS. You may also call the hotel and book under the Military Operations Research Society Group or the rate code G-MORS.)

Mystic Marriott
Rate: $104
Address: 625 North Road, Groton, CT 06340
Phone: (860) 446-2600
Cutoff Date: 5/22/20

Residence Inn Mystic
Rate: $104
Address: 40 Whitehall Ave.
Phone: (860) 536-5150
Cutoff date: 5/24/2020

SpringHill Suites Mystic
Rate: $104
Address: 401 North Frontage Rd.
Phone: (860) 439-0151
Cutoff date: 5/24/2020



The airports accessible to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy include Green Airport in Providence, RI Airport (1 hour from USCGA) and Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT (1.5 hours from USCGA). Both airports are easily accessible with rental cars. Additionally, there are many attractions to enjoy in the Mystic area, including the Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium and the quaint downtown. For more information on local attractions, visit https://thisismystic.com/.

Participants are able to park at Connecticut College in the South Lot, which is adjacent to the USCGA at no cost. The South lot is a 3 minute drive and a 15 minute walk to campus.

Buses will transport participants from each of the hotels to USCGA and from the South Lot to USCGA. Bus schedule coming soon.



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