- Operations Research
- The analytical study of military problems undertaken to provide
responsible commanders and staff agencies with a scientific basis for
decision on action to improve military operations.
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
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 Operations Research Working Group members for AY 2008 are:
Maj Ralston (DFMS), Lt Col Borgia (DFM), Dr West (DFEG) and Lt Col Wells