The World, together with all of its countries, is facing significant challenges to its national security across a diverse set of threats. On one end of the spectrum are various non-state actors with different motivations. These groups enjoy low barriers of entry to launch either kinetic or non-kinetic attacks. On the other end of the spectrum is the resurgence of great power competition, which is causing fundamental divergences in the rules-based international order.

The rapid cycle of move and counter-move necessitates a collaborative, coordinated multi-discipline approach to address the threats.  Fortunately, analytic techniques can bridge domains to provide insight across a broad range of operational problems. For example, techniques to gain data-driven insights into prepositioning forest fire equipment are similar to those used for prepositioning warfighting equipment aboard ships. The organizational structures for gangs, trans-national drug cartels, and terrorist groups all have similar properties.  If you understand these properties, then you can more effectively disrupt or defeat the group. Additionally, an environment of cooperation will mitigate manpower and monetary resource challenges that government and non-governmental organizations often face.

Join us for the inaugural INFORMS Conference on Security (IConS), to be held in Monterey, CA from February 9-11, 2020. IConS will bring together leading analytics professionals, decision-makers in national defense and security, and first responders to share tools, techniques, and best practices to address the broad spectrum of challenges to U.S. national security.

Confirmed Speakers

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Lt. Gen John N.T. "Jack" Shanahan

U.S. Air Force

Lt. Gen. John N.T. “Jack” Shanahan is the Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. General Shanahan is responsible for accelerating the delivery of artificial intelligence-enabled capabilities, scaling the department-wide impact of AI and synchronizing AI activities to expand joint force advantages.

General Shanahan received his commission in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at the University of Michigan. He has served in a variety of flying, staff and command assignments, most recently as the Director for Defense Intelligence Warfighter Support, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He was also the Director of the Algorithmic Warfare Cross- Functional Team (Project Maven), where he led the artificial intelligence pathfinder program charged with accelerating integration of big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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Juliana Vida

Splunk, Inc.

Juliana Vida is the Chief Technical Advisor – Public Sector at Splunk, Inc. In this technology evangelist role she provides guidance, direction and thought leadership around Splunk’s data capabilities and value as a mission-enabling platform. She brings over 25 years of experience as an accomplished leader building collaborative teams that accelerate mission outcomes by aligning technological solutions with operational insight. Prior to joining Splunk, Juliana was a Vice President in Gartner Executive Programs, partnering with and advising federal government Chief Information Officers (CIO) and IT senior leaders with insights into current technology trends and future innovations.

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Dr. Robert F. Dell

Naval Postgraduate School

Dr. Robert F. Dell is a Professor of Operations Research (OR) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), executive director of the NPS Data Science and Analytics Group, and Dean of the NPS Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences. During his tenure at NPS OP, the department received the 2013 INFORMS Smith Prize for “effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research, management science, or analytics.” Professor Dell has received research support from every uniformed service for topics ranging from US Naval capital planning to US Army base realignment and closure. He has also applied optimization in the private sector in areas including production scheduling, supply chain design, and professional sports analytics.

Benefits of


Sharing your work with a new audience, for both opportunities for peer review and connecting with others who have similar or complementary problems and interests.


Being at the forefront of your professional discipline, and making connections to both further your own practice as well as strengthening the broader analytic community.


Access to senior decision-makers in both the public and private sectors who have security-related challenges that can be addressed with analytics, as well as connecting with analytics professionals who have similar problems and similar or complementary approaches.

Topics Include

Data Security

How should data be collected and stored in such a way that is useful and accessible for analysis, but also secures the underlying rights and ethics of the owner and the data subjects, and protects the data from theft, alteration, or exploitation?

Disaster Recovery

How can O.R. better support disaster recovery operations, including actions take in advance of, during, and after a disaster?   

Emergency Preparedness

How can O.R. and analytics better help government agencies and the public writ large understand and prepare for emergencies?

Frontiers in O.R.

How can the security community benefit from and drive innovation and advances in operations research tools, techniques, and practices?


How can intelligence agencies use advanced analytic techniques to provide rigorous, reliable intelligence assessments from limited and potentially obfuscated data?  

Law Enforcement

How can O.R. help law enforcement agencies prevent, predict, and respond to crime to increase public safety?

Military O.R.

What aspects of O.R., advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, or machine learning are missing or underutilized within the military O.R. community? How can their incorporation better increase the rigorous and impactfulness of analysis provided to military decision-makers?      

Network Resilience

How can network systems – such as logistics, transportation, energy, communications, and even human networks – be better designed and protected to increase their robustness and resiliency to attack and degradation?   

Physical Security and Protection

How can O.R. and analytics increase the effectiveness and efficiency of physical security and protection systems, including the allocation of agents, the use of sensors and detection systems, and the deployment of barriers?

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