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The role of the tutorials is to provide a platform for a more intensive scientific exchange amongst researchers interested in a particular topic and as a meeting point for the community. Tutorials complement the depth-oriented technical sessions by providing participants with broad overviews of emerging fields. A tutorial can be scheduled for 1.5 or 3 hours.


Strategic Analytics and the Future of Operations Research


Greg H. Parlier
United States
Brief Bio
A retired US Army Colonel, Greg was a paratroop commander in the 82nd Airborne Division for 8 years, and served in over 20 foreign countries during 5 deployments and 12 named operations. A West Point graduate with advanced degrees in National Security Studies, Operations Research, and Systems Engineering, he was a National Defense Fellow at MIT, distinguished graduate of the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and graduate of the Army War College. Since retiring he has been senior OR analyst supporting Multi-National Forces in Iraq, consultant to government organizations and commercial firms, and advisor to several foreign governments. He served on the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses for 12 years and is a past president of the Military Applications Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), was elected to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, and serves on the board of directors for the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). Dr. Parlier is adjunct Professor of Operations Research at North Carolina State University, president of a small OR consulting business, and program chair for ICORES.

This tutorial, part 2 in a continuing series, orients on the future of our Operations Research profession. Where do we need to be going? What should we be doing? How can we address, in imaginative and creative ways, the many persisting problems and seemingly intractable domestic and international security challenges that confront us? Strategic Analytics, the alignment of methods and models with the “ends-ways-means” strategy paradigm, is presented. To fully capitalize on advances in information technologies and rapidly growing big data opportunities, the complementary power of operations research, data sciences, and management innovation will be essential. Functional components and enabling disciplines are described: decision support capabilities, engineering systems, dynamic strategic planning, and “engines for innovation” to encourage and guide transformational endeavors. Recent applications of Strategic Analytics to current enterprise system challenges are emphasized: defense resource planning, global supply chain resilience, and military recruiting for the All-Volunteer Force. We must integrate our intellectual capacities, considerable strategic planning acumen, diverse analytical skills, and bring them all to bear on formidable challenges of our time.


Enterprise Systems
Operations Research
Strategic Analytics
Management Innovation
Engineering Systems
Social Ingenuity
Public Policy

Aims and Learning Objectives

Understand the concept of Strategic Analytics (SA)
Appreciate SA contributions to enterprise systems
Apply SA to relevant socio-technical system challenges
Contribute to the development and evolution of SA

Target Audience

Interested conference attendees

Prerequisite Knowledge of Audience

An understanding of OR methods
An appreciation for OR practice
Basic strategic planning concepts
Willingness to contribute ideas, knowledge, and experience

Detailed Outline

1. Introduction: The Future of Operations Research?
2. Geopolitical Conditions: The Global Landscape
3. Domestic Conditions: The State of Our Union
4. Bridging the Ingenuity Gap: Strategic Analytics
4.1. Information Technologies
4.2 Decision Support Systems
4.3 The Internet of Things
4.4. Engineering Systems
4.5. Dynamic Strategic Planning
4.6 Engines for Innovation
4.7. Analytical Architectures
5. Strategic Analytics: Applications to Present Challenges
5.1 Defense Resource Planning: Synchronizing Current and Future Capabilities 5.2 Sustainment Enterprise: Transforming Global Supply Chains
5.3 Human Capital Enterprise: Recruiting America's Army
6. Future Directions
6.1 Final Thoughts

Secretariat Contacts
e-mail: icores.secretariat@insticc.org