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.

Conference Chair

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Mr. Harrison Schramm, CAP, PStat

Senior Fellow
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)

Harrison has previously served as a member of the Analytics organizing committee and Chaired the Analytics Cluster for the Annual Meeting. As such, he has a sense of how INFORMS meetings are structured and the relationships between the Chair, committee, and professional staff. Outside INFORMS, he has chaired or co-chaired 4 professional meetings, including the first two MORS Emerging Techniques Forums, which are very similar in goal (but on a smaller scale) than this proposed meeting. Harrison is currently putting together (with Paul) an INFORMS Editor’s Cut volume on Military Applications, to be published Winter, 2018. Read More

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Captain Brian Morgan

Captain, U.S. Navy
Naval Postgraduate School
Captain Brian Morgan is an active duty Navy officer with over 29 years of service.  He has over six years of experience in the practical application of operations research at the Service headquarter level while assigned to the Assessment Division (OPNAV N81) in the Pentagon. While assigned to the Assessment Division, he coordinated campaign analysis and model development across the Navy Staff and with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, other three Services, Joint Staff, and combatant commands. He is currently a military faculty member in the Operations Department at the Naval Postgraduate School and teaches courses on probability and statistics, joint campaign analysis, and systems analysis. Additionally, he was the recipient of the 2018 Naval Postgraduate School Excellence in Joint Service Faculty Award. CAPT Morgan’s research focuses on analytic techniques to assess warfighting challenges at the enterprise level. He holds a leadership position on the INFORMS MAS Council. CAPT Morgan is a Naval Flight Officer in the E-2C Hawkeye community and commanded VAW-117, based at NAS Point Mugu, CA, and assigned to the NIMITZ Strike Group, from November 2007 to February 2009.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.
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Dr. Paul Nicholas

Adjunct Faculty Member in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research (SEOR) Department
George Mason University
Paul is an operations research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. His research focuses on the application of large-scale analytic techniques to problems in national security. Paul received his PhD in systems engineering and operations research from George Mason University, where he teaches a graduate course on analytics and decision analysis. A Marine officer with several combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul continues to serve in the U.S Marine Corps Reserve. Paul organized and moderated the first Marine Corps workshop on cyber key terrain, organized a Naval Studies Board workshop on operations in contested communications environments, and was the co-chair of the inaugural MORS Emerging Techniques Special Meeting. Paul currently serves on the MORS Board of Directors and will be the 2019 MORS Symposium Program Chair. Paul is currently putting together an INFORMS Editor’s Cut volume on Military Applications (with Harrison). Read More