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Welcome to the newest virtual program hosted by MORS! Designed to keep the MORS community connected and engaged, bi-weekly MORS-Talks cover relevant issues, professional, technical and career development topics.

  • Online every other Friday, 12 noon eastern time, 45-60 minutes
  • One-on-one interview format
  • Audience participation encouraged
  • Recorded and made available to members on the MORS-Talk community page
  • Not a MORS member? Join here

If you have a suggestion for an interview candidate or are interested in being interviewed yourself, please contact Shelbie Jenkins at or 703-933-9072.


Featured Speakers

4 February - Dr. Peter Perla
Dr. Peter Perla

Author of The Art of Wargaming and Internationally Recognized Game Designer

Dr. Peter P. Perla III has been involved with wargaming, both hobby and professional, for over forty years, an involvement that sparked a lifelong interest in military history and games of strategy. A frequent player of commercial wargames as a youngster, he had already published articles in the hobby press before he was an undergraduate. After earning a PhD from Carnegie-Mellon University with his thesis on Lanchester mathematical combat models, he joined the Center for Naval Analyses in 1977 as a naval operations research analyst.

4 February - Dr. Ed McGrady
Dr. Ed McGrady

Dr. Ed McGrady writes, speaks, and teaches on the design of professional games. He is an adjunct senior fellow in the Gaming Lab at CNAS, teaches and manages game design courses for MORS/Virginia Tech, and runs a business devoted to using games and game techniques to bring innovative experiences in new areas. In the past, Dr. McGrady built and directed a team of 10-20 analysts at CNA devoted to the design and execution of professional games devoted to chemical and biological response operations, including domestic response operations. His team constructed exercises, games, and analyses on a broad range of homeland security, counterterrorism, and chemical, biological, and radiological defense operations. Read More.

18 February - Mr. Chris Santos
Mr. Christopher Santos

Mr. Christopher Santos is a Principal Operations Research Analyst with The Perduco Group, and the Principal Investigator for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Adaptive Warfighting Architectures project. He previously served 25 years in the US Navy, first as a combat-experienced strike fighter pilot, and then as an operations research analyst, retiring out of OPNAV N81 in 2019. Read More

8 April - Ms. Sheilah Simberg

Ms. Sheilah Simberg

Chief Analyst, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Ms. Simberg has a Master of Science degree in Systems Management/Operations Research from the Florida Institute of Technology. She is a graduate of the Army Logistics University’s Operations Research/Systems Analysis Military Applications Course (ORSA MAC), and the Army Civilian Education System’s Advanced Course. She is an (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), and is DAWIA level 3 certified in Engineering through the Defense Acquisition University.