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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

20 May - MAJ Jaison Desai, Ph.D.
MAJ Jaison Desai, Ph.D.

Major Desai is an Operations Research & Systems Analysis (ORSA, FA49) officer in the United States Army, assigned as a Data Scientist in the Office of the CTO, U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER). Currently, he serves as the Acting Chief of Staff and Chief of Data and Assessments for the Enterprise IT as a Service (EITaaS) Pilot Functional Management Office under the U.S Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). His team also directly supports Army Unified Network modernization initiatives for the Army G6. Learn More

03 June - Mr. Ken Gilliam
Mr. Ken Gilliam

In his role as Vice President of Predictive Analysis, Ken works to build systems and tools that fully capture the predictive power of complex data sets and leads the organization's capabilities in modeling and simulation. Ken also leads the team in wargame design and implementation.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Ken embarked on a 27-year military career in the U.S. Army where he gained extensive experience in analytics, systems design, modeling, and wargaming. Learn More

08 July - Mr. Thomas Baynes
Mr. Thomas Baynes

Thomas joined Dstl in 2007, and since then has worked in various Operational Analysis roles supporting strategic decision making in the UK MOD. Initially working in quantitative force structure analysis, to a greater or lesser extent, Thomas has been responsible for developing all of the tools currently in use to support force sizing decisions, including supporting the 2010, 2015 and 2020/1 Defence Reviews. Thomas has also been involved in campaign analysis, leading the analysis work on a recent major scenario in the UK’s Planned Force Testing process, and most recently leading the development of Lance, the UK’s new campaign-level combat simulation.

08 July - Ms. Erica Dill-Russell
Ms. Erica Dill-Russell

Erica Dill-Russell is the New Zealand Science and Technology Foreign Liaison Officer to US Special Operations Command Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics. She works for the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) Defence Technology Agency (DTA) Operational Analysis Section. She holds a Masters in International Security from Massey University and a Bachelors of International Business from Otago University. She is also an ex-Lance Corporal of the New Zealand Army having completed one tour of Afghanistan in 2012-2013. Learn More

08 July - Dr. Ben Taylor
Dr. Ben Taylor

Dr. Ben Taylor is an experienced defence operations research (OR) analyst who has worked in the defence industry as well as for the Governments of the United Kingdom and Canada. He is accredited as a Fellow of the Operations Research Society.

A native of Colchester in the United Kingdom, Dr. Taylor studied at the University of Leicester gaining degrees of B.Sc. (Combined Studies) in 1986 and Ph.D. (Chemistry) in 1993.

From 1989 he worked for Westland System Assessment Ltd of Yeovil in England mostly on software projects and studies into the tactical employment of helicopters. Learn More