2020 Cost Analysis Workshop


2425 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

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Terms of Reference (TOR) document as of 13 September 2020.

A three-day workshop, “Cost in National and Homeland Security Decisions” is intended to bring together Analysts supporting the Requirements Generation, Acquisition, and Resource Allocation processes. The Service Chiefs rely on these processes to ensure a defensible budget that aligns resources to requirements to meet current and future threats under a constrained topline.

The Workshop will offer participants the ability to understand the latest policy and guidance pertaining to cost analysis; learn state-of-the-art tools and techniques; hear from influential members of the Requirements Generation, Acquisition, and Resource Allocation Communities; and share valuable lessons learned during the performance of cost-related activities. Most importantly, the event will enable Analysts to better understand the cost-related needs of the three communities at-large and to identify opportunities to fill those needs.

The Workshop will feature a series of speakers, panel discussions, and presentation tracks, with discussion at the unclassified level. Representation across the Military Services, organizations within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and major defense contractors will facilitate robust, thought-provoking discussion. Anyone is welcome to participate, and you do not need to be a practicing cost analyst to attend.

Confirmed Speakers

Day 1 Speaker:
Dr. Yisroel Brumer, Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE), Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Link to bio.

Day 2 Speaker:
Ms. Caral E. Spangler, Assistant Deputy Commandant, Programs and Resources, USMC.
Link to bio.

Abstract Submission

Interested in Presenting?

We are currently seeking cost-related abstracts on policy and guidance, products and processes, and tools and techniques with respect to requirements generation, acquisition, and resource allocation. Presentations should appeal to a wide audience and should be at the unclassified level. Presenters will be allocated 45 minutes including dedicated time for questions and answers.

If you are interested in presenting at the Workshop, please submit an abstract to the Chair of the corresponding track (identified below) with a cc to the Track Coordinator, Dr. Scott Willette, swillette@innovativedecisions.com. Abstracts are limited to 500 words.

Requirements Generation:
Ms. Christine Anderson, canderson@technomics.net

Mr. Richard Shea, richard.shea@jlha.com

Resource Allocation:
Maj Courtney Jones, USMC, courtney.jones1@usmc.mil


Agenda as of 24 February 2020.

COST Workshop Agenda Topics:

  • Latest Cost Policy and Guidance
  • Next Generation Contractor Cost Reporting
  • Managing Analytic-Based Decision Making
  • Capability-Based Cost Estimates
  • ic Resource Requirements Generation
  • A Panel discussion on the Importance of Cost in Requirements Generation and Resource Allocation
  • A Panel discussion on the Future of Cost Analysis


Payment Options
The "Invoice Me" option can only be used for the registration fee. This option won't appear if you have social tickets, CEU courses or tutorials in your cart. If you need assistance registering please contact Ms. Tina Yan, tina.yan@mors.org.

Member Non-Member
U.S. Federal Government
MORS Sponsor
$450 $550
U.S. Federal Government $500 $600
National Research Partner
(IDA Employees Only)
$523 $618
All Others $550 $650


Who can attend (Clearance Requirements):
This meeting is open to U.S. citizens and FVEY Partners (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK). Non U.S. citizens of U.S. allies may attend at the discretion of MORS. Non U.S. attendees will be notified if their registration to attend is not accepted.


MORS has not contracted a room block for this event. The following hotels are located in close proximity to the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA):

Hyatt Place Arlington/Courthouse Plaza (connected to AUSA)

Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse Plaza

Clarion Collection Hotel Arlington Court Suites

Hyatt Centric Arlington

Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge