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Overview

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

  • Online every 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 shelbie.jenkins@mors.org or 703-933-9072.

Schedule-at-a-Glance

Featured Speakers

22 January - The Honorable Patrick Murphy
The Honorable Patrick Murphy

At age 19, Patrick joined the Army, launching a lifelong commitment to our nation’s military and veterans. Patrick has served as a soldier, America’s first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress, and the 32nd Under Secretary of the Army.

Today, Patrick continues to advocate and empower veterans through his work in the public and private sectors. As a “Vetrepreneur,” he spearheads a wide range of business interests and offers veterans the opportunity to launch their own dreams by investing in their companies. As a public speaker and media executive, Patrick helps amplify the voices and experiences of veterans on MSNBC, CBS, the Discovery Network, and elsewhere.

Patrick currently lives in Pennsylvania with his two children, Maggie and Jack.

29 January & 26 March - Dr. Angela Giddings
Angela Giddings

Dr. Angela P. Giddings, a Senior Level leader, is the Technical Director and Acting Principal Deputy Director for Studies, Analyses, and Assessments, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She is responsible for the developing and sustaining strong technical capabilities for the Air Force to conduct operations research and data science analyses that inform Air Force leadership decisions concerning current and future warfighting capabilities and resource allocation.

Prior to assuming her current position, Dr. Giddings was a Specialist Leader within Deloitte’s Artificial Intelligence Insights and Mission Analytics offering to the Government and Public Service sector. While there she led teams supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation), US Transportation Command, and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. This followed her long career as an active duty Air Force operations research analyst with analytic assignments at multiple echelons and across operations planning and assessment, personnel analysis, and long-range acquisition portfolio planning. Additionally, she commanded the 27th Intelligence Squadron which provides command, control, coordination, and global communications for the Distributed Common Ground System enterprise as well as the Headquarters Squadron for United States Air Forces Europe.

12 Feburary - Mr. Bob Prescott
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Bob Prescott is the Capability Leader, leading Dstl’s 600 analysts and human scientists annually delivering in excess of £100M of research in collaboration with a wide range of academic and industry partners. Dstl delivers high impact Science and Technology for the United Kingdom’s defence, security and prosperity. Bob has been at Dstl for fifteen years prior to which spent five years in the airline industry and eleven years with BAE Systems working with fast jets and weapon systems.

12 March - General Richard Clarke
General Richard Clarke

General Richard D. Clarke currently serves as the 12th Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, FL. Prior to assuming command of USSOCOM, General Clarke served as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

General Clarke has led Soldiers at all levels in Airborne, Ranger, Mechanized and Light Infantry units in five different divisions, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and the 75th Ranger Regiment in the United States, Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan. His deployments while serving in the aforementioned positions include Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Joint Guardian in Macedonia, three deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, four deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and one deployment as the commander of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command - Operation Inherent Resolve.

26 March - Ms. Virginia "Robbin" Beall
Robbin Beall

Since her selection as a Senior Executive in May 2004, Ms. Beall has served as Head, Campaign Analysis Branch in the Assessment Division (N81), in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Integration of Capabilities and Resources). In that capacity, she manages development of the joint campaign analyses key to Navy investment decisions as well as representing Navy at the Flag level in OSD and Joint Staff Support to Strategic Analysis (SSA) deliberations, ensuring that Navy capabilities are accurately characterized in scenarios and studies, including Quadrennial Defense Reviews (QDRs). She also leads the award-winning World Class Modeling initiative, dedicated to improving modeling and simulation supporting decision making across the OPNAV enterprise.

26 March - Dr. Jackie Henningsen
Jackie Henningsen

Dr. Jacqueline R. Henningsen, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director for Studies and Analyses, Assessments and Lessons Learned, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She is responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for analytic and Air Force Lessons Learned policy oversight and implementation. She ensures comprehensive, defendable and time-sensitive processes underpin Air Force warfighting and force structure capability and sufficiency assessments; informs and illuminates leadership on emerging issues; fireproofs resource investment decisions; and rapidly collects, disseminates, implements and tracks lessons learned.

Dr. Henningsen has contributed analytic leadership during all of the Department of Defense's Quadrennial and other major defense reviews from the end of the Cold War to the present. She received the 2005 Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award for her analytic leadership in the Department of Defense. She also received Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Awards in 2001 and 2009. She was recognized with the 2012 Distinguished Executive Rank Award.

26 March - Ms. Susan Reardon
Susan Reardon

Susan K. Reardon joined the Military Operations Research Society as the CEO in October of 2011. Prior to joining MORS Susan served as the Vice President and Executive Director of the National Chamber Foundation, the public policy think tank of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Director of the American Foreign Service Association, the professional association representing U.S. Foreign Service employees of the Department of State, USAID, the Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agricultural Service and Voice of America and as the Director of Finance and Administration for the League of Women Voters of the United State. Susan has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California-Santa Cruz and a Masters in Business Administration from Virginia Tech.