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As a signature event of MORS, over 880 influential Operation Analysts from Government, Industry and Academia collected virtually for the MORS 88th Symposium held from 15-19 June 2020. The focus for this Symposium was, "Multi-Discipline Analysis in National Security" and emphasized the Society's goal of leading the national security analysis community in the development of cutting-edge tools, techniques, and best practices. The event included over 500 presentations, special sessions, tutorials, demonstrations, and poster to include special sessions on COVID-19 analysis done in support of the local, regional, state, and national security decision makers.

The virtual medium was the result of the impacts of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and marked the first time the MORS Symposium was held 100% virtually. The size and scope of the event rivaled in person MORS symposiums. The sustained participation by the nearly 900 attendees through the week, to include the final session, was a testament to the content of the presentations and the flexibility of the medium which support an average of 45 attendees per session with up to 25 simultaneous presentations. Participants included presenters from Europe, North America, and Australia.

Symposium Introduction from 2019-2020 MORS President (January 2020)


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

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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.

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

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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.


Ends 5/15

Begins 5/16

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Award and Prizes

Congratulations to all our award winners! For information on submitting nominations for 2021, visit the MORS recognition page. or contact Ms. Liz Marriott, liz.marriott@mors.org with any questions.

Vance R. Wanner Award: Dr. Robert F. Dell

Clayton J. Thomas Award: Dr. Janet A. McLeavey

John K. Walker, Jr. Award: Shaun Doheney, LCDR Connor S. McLemore, and Sam L. Savage for their paper, “Operational Readiness Rollup,” published in the September 2019 Phalanx

MOR Journal Award: Michael D. Moskal II, and Rajan Batta for their paper, “Adaptive Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Surveillance Using a Prize-Collecting Vertex Routing Model”, published in the December 2019 Military Operations Research Journal.

Wayne P. Hughes Award: Dr. Stephen M. Henry

Richard H. Barchi Prize: Dr. Benjamin Michlin (NIWC), et.al. for their paper, “Predicting and Improving FA-18 Squadron Readiness Using the Digital Aviation Readiness Technology Engine and The Resource Optimization, Allocation, and Management Model”

Visco Prize: Dr. David Masad

Rist Prize: Ms. Emily Johnson, Mr. Jake Taylor, “FishTactic: Data Mining for Fisheries Law Enforcement Targeting”

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