Workshops enhance the quality and effectiveness of national security operations research by providing forums, in addition to the annual symposia, for professional exchange and peer criticism among practitioners and users of national security operations research (OR). The topic of a workshop should address a national security OR issue and have a reasonable expectation of usefulness to the national security OR community

Workshops are often a source of professional development for national security analysis practitioners offering tutorials and providing a fuller understanding of a particular national security issue and the methods for examining that issue.