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Emerging Techniques Forum
7-9 December 2021
8 AM to 5 PM ET
Hilton Mark Center, Alexandria, VA

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The Emerging Techniques Forum (ETF) is driven to improve analysis and understanding throughout the defense community by seeking out novel and leading-edge approaches, methods, and techniques - wherever they are conceived. By sharing and incorporating the latest (and in-progress) developments across government, academia, private industry, and enthusiasts, the ETF aims to support and maintain relevant, timely, and early comprehension of lessons learned that may grow to have an outsized impact on the community at large.

The ETF seeks advancements in tools and techniques that enable decisive action in complex environments. Our tracks explore how information aggregation, processing, and computation can improve predictions of future needs and risk assessments of complex investment and operational strategies. Many of these efforts have seen rapid maturation and evolutionary leaps in analytic capability borne from recent global crises.
This year’s theme of Digital Transformation focuses on advances in computing tools, technologies, and techniques that revolutionize analysis at scale to enhance awareness and understanding, from strategic decisions to the tactical edge.


This is a tentative agenda-at-a-glance for ETF, designed to provide an outline for timing and structure. The agenda is still under development and will be populated with more content periodically.


Brigadier General Martin F. Klein
Brigadier General Martin F. Klein

Commanding General

Brigadier General Martin F. Klein is the Commanding General, Deployment Support Command in Birmingham, Alabama and the Deputy Commander for Mobilization for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry in 1991 through the Reserve Officers Training Course, General Klein was assigned as an Infantry Platoon Leader and later as a T.O.W. Platoon Leader, 1-87th Infantry, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Transitioning to the Logistics Corps, he was assigned as a Supply Platoon Leader and later Battalion S-4 of the 10th Forward Support Battalion. During this time, Klein participated in Operation Hurricane Andrew Relief and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.

Dr. Nina A. Kollars
Dr. Nina A. Kollars, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department

Dr. Nina Kollars is an associate professor in the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. She holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in political science and an M.A. from GWU in international relations. She is a senior adjunct scholar at Center for a New American Security; a Brute Krulak Center fellow at Marine Corps University; an executive board member of Cyber Conflict Studies Association; and an editorial board member for Texas National Security Review. She publishes on cybersecurity, hackers and military innovation. She presented her own hacker project at DefCon27, "Confessions of a Nespresso Money Mule." She will soon publish “Trustworthy Deviants: White Hat Hackers and Security.” Kollars is also an executive bourbon steward.

Dr. Paul Lopata
Dr. Paul Lopata

Principal Director for Quantum Science

Paul Lopata serves as the Principal Director for Quantum Science in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering within the U.S. DoD. In this role he leads the Department’s efforts at technology modernization in quantum science, one of DoD’s top technology modernization priority areas. He currently serves as Executive Secretary for the Defense Science Board’s Task Force on Applications of Quantum Technologies.

Tutorial Instructors

MAJ Dusty S. Turner
MAJ Dusty S. Turner

Operations Research Systems Analyst

MAJ Dusty Turner is an Operations Research Systems Analyst at the Center for Army Analysis. He works in the Operations Analysis division doing data science in support of current operations. His recent projects include COVID-19 modeling in support of Army Senior Leader decision making and leading the Introduction to R Course taught to members of the Department of Defense. He was formerly an Assistant Professor at The United States Military Academy at West Point, where he taught “Advanced Introduction to Probability and Statistics” and “Statistical Methods.”

Mr. Robert Ward
Mr. Robert Ward

Operations Research Analyst

Mr. Ward is an Operations Research Analyst in the Operations Analysis Division at the Center for Army Analysis. Since 2018, he has helped organizations across the Army collect, analyze, and visualize data to support better-informed decisions, as well assisting with efforts to train analysts to use R and spread modern data science capabilities throughout the defense OR community. Most recently, Robert has worked on CAA’s COVID-19 forecasting and analysis and on model modernization planning. He holds a Master of International Affairs in International Security Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Chicago.


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Alexandria, VA 22311

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Visco Prize

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Eugene P. Visco

MORS Eugene P. Visco Prize for International Collaboration in Operations Research

Established 2019

Established in 2019, this prize recognizes excellence in research quality, contributions, and presentation. Promoting international collaboration, the Visco prize provides for the presenter to share their work at the International Symposium on Military Operational Research (ISMOR). Early career and Junior Analysts conducting impactful, technically rigorous, and multi-disciplinary research are highly encouraged to apply! Visit the Visco Prize webpage for more information.

This prize was established in March 2019 to honor and to memorialize Gene Visco, FS, who was an ardent supporter of collaboration within the international operations research community and for years represented MORS during the ISMOR. Gene was also a constant supporter of MORS junior analysts and a champion for quality presentations.