92nd Symposium

  Only U.S. Citizens and FVEY can attend the 92nd Symposium.

The 92nd MORS Symposium
"Advancing Analytical Leadership"
Monday-Thursday, 24-27 June 2024
0830 to 1700 EST

Naval Postgraduate School
1 University Circle, Monterey, CA 93943


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For over 55 years, the annual MORS Symposium has been the premier opportunity for the national security community to exchange information, examine research and discuss critical national security topics. Held in notable locations, the Symposium gathers over 800 OR professionals from military, government, industry and academic ranks to share best practices and enjoy a bit of well-deserved peer-to-peer networking in a supportive environment.

Beginning with the learning opportunities offered in the Monday Tutorials and CEU Courses, and followed by three information-packed days of working group sessions, the Symposium is an unequaled opportunity to stay current and get ahead. During the Symposium, work in progress and completed work is shared, and potential areas for future study are discussed. The Symposium is the venue to present, as well as be exposed to the most current OR trends and techniques.

Call For Abstracts

MORS is seeking abstracts for technical presentations. Abstracts should fall under one of the main topics below or a topic of your choosing. All abstracts must be submitted as unclassified and 3,000 or less characters without images or videos. To submit an abstract, visit the Presenter Center or select the button above.


Working Groups

WG 1

Homeland Security Analysis

WG 2

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

WG 3

Infrastructure Analyses, Protection and Recovery

WG 4

Analytic Capability Development

WG 5

Information and Cyber Operations

WG 6

Command and Control (C2)

WG 7

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)

WG 8

Space Acquisition, Testing and Operations

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 Warfare

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


WG 20

Analytic Support to Training and Education

WG 21


WG 22

Military Assessment

WG 24

Test and Evaluation (T&E) and Experimentation

WG 25

AoAs and Capability Development

WG 26

Cost Analysis

WG 27

Decision Analysis

WG 28

Advances in Modeling and Simulation Techniques

WG 29

Emerging and Adapting Computational Solutions within OR

WG 30


WG 31

Operational Environments

WG 32

Special Operations and Irregular Warfare

WG 33

Social Science Methods and Applications

WG 34

Data Science and Analytics

WG 35

AI and Autonomous Systems


Distributed Working Groups


Emerging Operations Research


Unmanned Systems


Focus Group

FG 1

Process and Performance Improvement

If you want to share information with your fellow Symposium attendees in a more engaging way, consider teaching a CEU course. MORS partners with Virginia Tech to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants of these courses, which are held on the first day of the Symposium. Have an interesting topic that you’d like to teach? We are now accepting idea submissions!

Please send your CEU ideas with the following information:

  • Title of CEU Course
  • Instructor Names and Biographies
  • Abstract (must be unclassified)
  • Course level (i.e., introductory, advanced, etc.)
  • Description and Objectives
  • Timed Agenda

Important note: the length of a CEU course must be 10 hours, in order to qualify for CEU credit from Virginia Tech. This means that the course will last a full 8-hour day on the first day of the Symposium and 2 more hours on the second.

You may also opt to submit a tutorial instead, which does not have a time requirement and will not award CEUs to participants. All submissions are due by 8 March 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tina Yan at tina.yan@mors.org.


MORS has a small block of rooms at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa

0.2 Miles from NPS
1 Old Golf Course Rd.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-372-1234

Per diem rates are not offered at this hotel in June. We negotiated the lowest available rate for our group, which is $251/night with a $14.99 facility fee/night. To reserve, you must call the hotel at 831-372-1234 and reference the MORS group.

Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

0.5 Miles from NPS
1000 Aguajito Rd.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-378-6141

Reserve here before 24-May to secure the group rate of $251 + tax (per diem.)

Hotel Abrego

1.0 Mile from NPS
755 Abrego St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-372-7551

Call in ONLY to reserve at 831-372-7551 and reference MORS 92nd Symposium before 22-May to secure the group rate of $251 + tax (per diem.)

Best Western Plus Monterey Inn

1.0 Mile from NPS
825 Abrego St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-373-5345

Call in ONLY to reserve at 831-373-5342 and reference MORS 92nd Symposium before 22-May to secure the group rate of $241 + tax (per diem.)

Holiday Inn Express at Monterey Bay

1.1 Miles from NPS
1400 Del Monte Blvd.
Seaside, CA 93955
Phone: 831-394-5335

Reserve here before 23-May to secure the group rate of $261 + tax (per diem.)


Embassy Suites Hotel Monterey Bay Seaside

1.3 Miles from NPS
1441 Canyon Del Rey Blvd.
Seaside, CA 93955
Phone: 877-864-0138

Reserve here before 23-May to secure the group rate of $251 + tax (per diem.)

Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey

1.4 Miles from NPS
Two Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-649-4511

Reserve here before 23-May to secure the group rate of $251 + tax (per diem.)


Intercontinental The Clement Monterey

2.5 Miles from NPS
750 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-375-4500

Reserve here before 23-May to secure the group rate of $251 + tax (per diem.)

Hampton Inn & Suites Marina

8.8 Miles from NPS
120 Reservation Rd.
Marina, CA 93933
Phone: 831-264-6500

Reserve here before 22-May to secure the group rate of $251 + tax (per diem.)

Award and Prizes

Nominate a deserving individual or team for one of MORS’ distinguished awards or prizes! MORS strives to recognize and celebrate analysts in all stages of their career, from young analysts to seasoned veterans in the field of operations research.

The following awards and prizes have open nomination processes. Visit each individual webpage for more information and email recognition@mors.org with any questions.

Individual Awards

Clayton J. Thomas Award - Do you know an exceptional individual who has consistently worked to share their knowledge and talents with others in the field? The Thomas Award recognizes those who have demonstrated distinguished service over time and continuously delivered sound contributions that have improved the analytical underpinnings of the profession.

Vance R. Wanner Award - This distinguished award is given to a leader in the profession who has shown sustained service and leadership excellence and has played a major role in strengthening the profession of national security operations research.

Wayne P. Hughes – Know a young analyst who is already making an impact on operations research? Consider nominating them for the Hughes Award, which recognizes an early career analyst with a bright future ahead of them.

David Rist Prize - The Rist Prize is awarded to an individual or a team that is conducting implemented, impactful research. The work conducted can be up to the SECRET classification level. Finalists will present their work at the annual Rist Competition held on the Monday of the MORS Symposium, where a winner will then be selected.


In addition to the above, recipients of several other MORS awards and prizes are also honored at the Symposium. The following do not have open nomination processes, but you can read more about them by following the links below.


Awards for Best Publication

John K. Walker, Jr. Award - awarded to the best technical article published in Phalanx during the previous calendar year.

Phalanx Editor’s Award - awarded to the best non-technical article published in Phalanx during the previous calendar year.

MOR Journal Award - awarded to the best article published in Military Operations Research Journal during the previous calendar year.


Prizes and Graduate Research Prizes

Richard H. Barchi Prize - recognizes the best paper submitted in response to a call that went out to the best nominated presenters from each working or composite group at the last MORS Symposium.

Stephen A. Tisdale Graduate Research Prize – The Tisdale Prize recognizes the achievements of an operations research student in the graduating class at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for high-quality research that has immediate, practical value to the defense of the United States and its allies.

Dr. James T. Moore Graduate Research Prize – The Moore Prize recognizes the achievements of an operations research student in the graduating class at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) for high-quality research that has immediate, practical value to the defense of the United States and its allies.

Eugene P. Visco Prize – The Visco Prize is awarded at the annual Emerging Techniques Forum (ETF) to an early-career analyst for their excellence in research quality, contributions, and presentation.

Richard E. Rosenthal Student Competition – The Rosenthal Prize is awarded at the annual Education and Professional Development Colloquium (EPD). Students from participating institutions take part in this “quick reaction analysis” challenge, which allows them to collaborate on an operations research problem and demonstrate their skills.

For awards and prizes with open nomination processes, visit each individual webpage for instructions and criteria. Email recognition@mors.org with any questions.




1 Nov

Abstracts Open



9 Feb

Abstracts Due

8 Mar

Tutorials CEU Due

22 Mar

All Chairs will notify potential presenters of acceptance

29 Mar

Early Registration Ends

10 May

Regular Registration Ends

10 May

Non U.S. FVEY Foreign Visit Requests Due

17 May

All U.S. Citizens Clearances Due

17 May

Revisions to Agenda

31 May

Presentations Uploaded to Presenter Center

31 May

Disclosure Forms Uploaded

7 June

All Invoices Paid

24 - 27 June

92nd MORS Symposium at NPS


Passing Clearances:

Clearance and Visit Request Instructions

Foreign Citizen’s Clearances DUE – 12 May 2023

US Forms and Clearances DUE -- 19 May 2023 

  1. If you hold a US government security clearance, you must submit your clearance to MORS. If your clearance is held in DISS, please submit your clearance via DISS to:
    • MORS SMO code 6A286
    • Meeting: 91st MORS Symposium
    • Dates: 12 June 2023 thru 15 June 2023
    • Point of Contact: Derek Pelham
    • Phone: 933.9073 Fax: 703-933-9079
    • E-Mail Derek.Pelham@mors.org
  1. If you hold a US Government clearance and your company or organization DOES NOT have access to DISS.

The visit request must be typed and on your company letter head. You should us the format that is best suited for your operation; however it must contain all applicable information. The visit request must be signed by your security office/manager as to verify your employment and clearance status. Without the signature the visit request is invalid and will not be processed. All visit requests must be emailed encrypted or sent FAX. Visitors can not hand carry their own visit request.

  1. NAME:

Fax requests to MORS Security Office, 703.933.9079

FVEY Visit Request Instructions:

Classified Sessions Held at the SECRET Level

Forms and Clearances Deadline – 12 May 2023

Special arrangements have been made to include cleared participants from Five Eyes (FVEY) countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom).

Personnel from each country must submit a Foreign Visit Request (FVR) through their perspective embassy in Washington, DC, to DA G2 requesting a visit with classified information. MORS cannot accept clearances directly from FVEY participants.

Five Eyes (FVEY) Participants must have an approved foreign visit request by 12 May 2023.

Information Needed for FVRs:


U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY
606 Thayer Rd, West Point, NY 10996

Knowledgeable Person at West Point Needed for FVRs:

Mr. J. Shane Hatcher
Chief of International Affairs
United States Military Academy, West Point

G33R - International Affairs Division
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
Office: 845-938-4362, DSN: 688
Cell: 646-730-8744 (WhatsApp)
Email: jeffery.hatcher@westpoint.edu

Please email the Foreign Visit Request Number and approved Foreign Visit Request with the following information to Derek.Pelham@mors.org 

  • VISIT DATE FROM -                        
  • VISIT DATE TO   -            
  • VISIT CLASSIFICATION LEVEL (Classified/Unclassified)  

Social Events/Meals

Don't miss the opportunity to network with your peers in a social setting! Tickets must be purchased for lunches, Tuesday's social and the Recognition Dinner on Wednesday.

Ticketed items can be added to your cart at the time of registration or if you have already registered, see instructions below on adding items to your registration.

Breakfast/Afternoon Breaks:

MORS will provide light breakfast fare, coffee, tea and water Monday - Thursday in the McNitt Ballroom. There will also be beverages and a snack at 1500 in the same location each day.


Lunch: $15/$20

If you purchased a lunch ticket, lunch will be in the McNitt Ballroom. If you have not already done so, we highly encourage you purchase a lunch as the options are very limited on base. Lunches may be purchased online until 11 June and will not be available for purchase onsite.


Social: $30

Enjoy some down time and network with new and old colleagues at the networking social. The social will take place on Tuesday, 25 June from 1700-1900 at the Roman Plunge.

Roman Plunge:
1 University Circle
Monterey, CA 93943


Recognition Dinner: $100 (includes the price of aquarium ocean edge exhibit admission and a plated dinner)

We are excited to once again celebrate our annual prize and award winners. This year’s dinner will be on the evening of Wednesday, 26 June at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Join us as we honor the winners of the Wanner, Thomas, Hughes, Walker, Phalanx Editors’, MOR Journal, Barchi, Rist, and Visco Awards and Prizes. In addition, we will celebrate the formal installation of the Society’s newest Fellows! A cash bar will be provided.

Monterey Bay Aquarium:
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940


Event Schedule:

Monday, 24 June:

  • Boxed Lunch: $15

Tuesday, 25 June:

  • Boxed Lunch: $15
  • Junior Analyst Lunch: $20, Location: TBA
  • Social/Mixer: $30, Location: Roman Plunge

Wednesday, 26 June:

  • Boxed Lunch: $15
  • Networking Lunch: $20, Location: TBA
  • Recognition Dinner: $100, Location: Monterery Bay Aquarium

Thursday, 15 June:

  • Boxed Lunch: $15

Dress Code

Symposium Attire:

Civilian: Business Casual

Military: Working Uniform or Service Uniform

Recognition Dinner Attire:

Civilian: Cocktail attire

Military: Service Uniform or higher (Mess Dress/Formal Dress/Service Dress)

Local Information

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Cold Spring Antiques Center

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Constitution Island Warner House

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National Purple Heart Hall of Honor/New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site

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Victor Constant Ski Area

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West Point Golf Course

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Veterns Repretory Theater

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Westchester County Airport

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Register Payment Options

92nd Refund Policy:

The deadline to receive a full registration refund is 10 May. Beginning 11 May, no refunds will be given. Contact Ms. Sarah Madonia, sarah.madonia@mors.org, with any questions.

Register Now, Pay Later:

Take advantage of the option to register now and pay later with the “invoice me” option at checkout. This option will display in the credit card dropdown menu on the checkout page. If you need assistance registering, please contact Ms. Sarah Madonia, sarah.madonia@mors.org.

*Note: This can only be used to purchase registration fees. This can not be used for social events, lunches or membership.

Social Events/Meals:

Tickets must be purchased for lunches, Tuesday's social and the Recognition Dinner on Wednesday. Pricing and instructions coming soon.

Employer Early
MORS Government Sponsor* Member $400 $600 $600
MORS Government Sponsor* Non-Member $500 $700 $700
U.S. Federal Government Member $525 $675 $775
U.S. Federal Government Non-Member $685 $840 $940
National Research Partner Member $525 $660 $775
National Research Partner Non-Member $700 $840 $940
All Others Member $575 $735 $835
All Others Non-Member $750 $935 $1035

*Government Sponsor organizations include Center for Army Analysis, HQDA/DCS Program G-8; Marine Corps Combat Development and Integration; Naval Operations, N81; Studies, Air Force Studies, Analyses, and Assessments, HQ AF/A9; OSD, A&S; and DHS S&T/OSE/ORA