The aim of the group is directed towards the practical and theoretical development of defence-related OR and the promotion of a wider knowledge and appreciation of defence-related OR.

The group also seeks to encourage interaction between defence-related and non-defence-related OR. The group provides a ‘home’ for all those involved in defence-related OR: customers and suppliers, practitioners and academics should be involved both as talkers and listeners. Meetings are held to consider both techniques, and wider discussion of the role of OR in defence. The group holds meetings two or three times a year, including the four-day International Symposium on Military Operational research (ISMOR). Other meetings are generally a half day, with a couple of papers providing different views of a challenge or approach, with plenty of time for discussion and networking. 

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in applying OR methods to defence. Activities are steered by a small committee and volunteers are always welcome.

Committee details

Al Lawrence Acting Chair
Ed Aubrey Acting Secretary

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Analysis for Research Investment Decisions

Date: Thursday November 5th 2020
Time: 13.15 – 16.00
Venue: Zoom virtual meeting

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Stuart Nicholas (Atkins)
Darrel Jaya-Ratnam (DIEManalytics)
Jess Green (ARKE)

About the event

The need for evidence-based decision making is now deeply embedded in government. This session will consider a number of Analysis case studies taking different approaches to providing evidence to support Research Investment decisions.

These include “bottom up” approaches (modelling the impact of new technologies in specific use cases) and “top down” (modelling the impact a new technology across the defence enterprise). Presentations will provide some context in terms of the Logistics Technology Investigation project, and case studies covering SCALE (System Capability for Assessment of the Logistics Enterprise), and CBAA (Cost Benefit Achievability Analysis).

The presentations will be preceded by the Defence SIG General Meeting at which there will be an election for the officers of the group (Chair and Secretary). Nominations welcome.


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