John K. Walker, Jr. Award

Candidates are considered annually for the Walker Award to recognize the author(s) of the technical article judged to be the best published in PHALANX, The Magazine of Military Operations Research, during the previous calendar year. The Walker Award is an annual award. Persons considered to be deserving candidates for the Walker Award should be evaluated by the purpose, criteria for eligibility, and candidate award procedures that follow.

Purpose of the Award:

  • To establish a memorial to John K. Walker, Jr., a respected colleague, PHALANX Editor for twelve years and PHALANX Editor Emeritus for seven years, who by his long-term involvement with the Military Operations Research Society gave so much of enduring value to the military operations research community.
  • To give evidence of the belief of the Military Operations Research Society that operations research represents people who apply scientific method to build quantitative models, manipulate data, evaluate results and who publish these result in a suitable form in PHALANX, a forum to the broader community.
  • To emphasize that PHALANX, the Magazine of Military Operations Research, promotes communication among practitioners of military operations research that are timely, important, and interesting to the PHALANX audience.

We will identify and recognize members of our profession who have expanded the application of military operations research techniques, improved their set of analytical tools, communicated the results of their work to the broader analytic community by publishing an article in PHALANX.

  • Individuals must have published a technical article in PHALANX during the previous calendar year whose content is judged to be timely, interesting and important to the PHALANX audience.
  • Each published article will be judged on the basis of its ability to communicate to the military operations research community the ideas of the author(s) clearly, concisely, and unambiguously.
  • Current Sponsors, members of the Board of Directors, members of the PHALANX editorial staff including PHALANX Department Editors, members of the editorial staff of Military Operations Research Journal including MOR Associate Editors, and members of the Publications Committee are not eligible for the Walker Award.

Past Award Winners

2020
Shaun Doheney, LCDR Connor S. McLemore, and Sam L. Savage
Operational Readiness Rollup
Volume 52, Number 3

2019
Major Amber Coleman and Chief Warrant Officer Amanda Aultman
Marine Corps Logistics Command Warehouse Optimization Model
Volume 51, Number 3

2018
MAJ Katherine A. Batterton and CAPT Kimberly N. Hale
The Likert Scale: What It Is and How to Use It
Volume 50 Number 2

2017
Mr. Marvin B. Schaffer
Boost-Phase Missile Defense: Another Look at Space and Air-Air Engagements
Volume 49 Number 1

2016
Major Brian Wade and Mr. Paul Chang
New Measures of Effectiveness for the Air and Missile Defense Simulation Community
Volume 48 Number 4

2015
Dr. Yuna Huh Wong
Preparing for Contemporary Analytic Challenges
Volume 47 Number 4

2014
Jaspreet S. Dhillon, Eric K. Ebersoleand and Gene W. Loughran
Multi-INT Fusion in Afghanistan: A look at the Division Level
Volume 46 Number 4

2013
Clifford D. Tompkins , Douglas A. Boerman,and Major Walter J. Lesinski III
Risk-Assessment Framework
Volume 45 Number 4

2012
Col Karl Gingrich, CDR Matthew Shane, and Maj Matthew Durkin
Measuring Quality of the ANSF
Volume 44, Number 1

2011
Neil Carson and Jean-Denis Caron
The Maritime Timeline Analysis and Requirements Toolset (M-TART)
Volume 43, Number 4

2010
Leroy A. "Jack" Jackson and MAJ Jonathan K. Alt
Bayesian Networks for the Human Element
Volume 42, Number 2

2009
Peter Perla
So a Wargamer and a Black Swan Walk into a Bar
Volume 41, Number 4

2008
Roy E. Rice, FS
Quantifying “Persistence” in the Context of Find-Fix-Finish (FFF)
Volume 40, Number 2

2007
Gregory Boylan, Bobbie L. Foote and Roger Burk
Loitering Aircraft as a Capability Added for Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems
Volume 39, Number 1

2006
LTC David Briggs
Modeling Army Officer Promotions
Volume 38, Number 4

2005
Peter A. Davidson
Modeling Precision Munitions: The Average Isn't Good Enough
Volume 37, Number 1

2004
MAJ Rob Kewley and LTC Larry Larimer
An Agent Based Modeling Approach to Quantifying the Value of Battlefield Information
Volume 36, Number 2

2003
Major William Vinyard and Professor Tom Lucas
Exploring Combat Models for Non-Monotonicities and Remedies
Volume 35, Number 1

2002
Professor Alan R. Washburn
Bits, Bangs or Bucks? The Coming Information Crisis
Part I, Volume 34, Number 3 and Part II, Volume 34, Number 4

2001
Richard R. Laferriere and Stephen M. Robinson
Scenario Analysis in US Army Decision Making
Volume 33, Number 1

2000
James P. Ignizio
System Stability: A Proxy for Graceful Degradation
Volume 32, Number 1

1999
Jerome Bracken and Richard E. Darilek
Information Superiority and Game Theory: The Value of Information in Four Games
Volume 31, Number 4