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History of Operations Research
Operations Research (OR), as a discipline, arose from the need to determine optimal resource allocation and assist decision makers during the Second World War. Groups of mathematicians, physical scientists, and economists were assembled during the war to perform studies that would provide quantitative input for commanders. The results of their efforts were impressive and, soon thereafter, the commercial sector realized the power of these new planning techniques.
The use of mathematics to model real world systems was nothing new; physicists and economists had been doing this for years. What defined this new field called OR was its focus on the operations of organizations. Not only were traditional mathematical modeling methods used, such as statistics and probability, but new modeling methods were created, such as mathematical programming and queuing theory.
Operations Research Working Group
The Operations Research Working Group (ORWG) is comprised of faculty from four different USAFA departments: Computer Science, Economics, Management, and Math. Together they oversee the Operations Research major at the Academy.