Operations research (OR) is a core discipline in military and defense management. Coming to the forefront initially during World War II, OR provided critical contributions to logistics, supply chains, and strategic simulation, while enabling superior decision-making for Allied forces. OR has grown to include analytics and many applications, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and big data, and is the cornerstone of management science in manufacturing, marketing, telecommunications, and many other fields.
The Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research presents the voices leading OR and analytics to new heights in security through research, practical applications, case studies, and lessons learned in the field.
Applies the experiences of educators and practitioners working in the field
Employs the latest technology developments in case studies and applications
Identifies best practices unique to the military, security, and national defense problem space
Highlights similarities and dichotomies between analyses and trends that are unique to military, security, and defense problems
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 463
Weight: 1021 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
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"Each chapter presents
graphical illustrations and screenshots, mathematical and statistical
formulations, tables of calculations and examples of applications, notes and
the most recent literature on the subjects. Most of the articles present new
methods and methodologies useful for applications in a wider range of statistical
and decision-making problems in various fields. The book can serve to students
and instructors in OR, practitioners and researchers in different analytics
applications. The book presents a fascinating reading for anyone interested in
understanding the modern security and defense
- Technometrics, Volume 62, 2020 - Issue 4
"Comprised of twenty erudite and informative articles by experts in the field, The Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research is organized into four major sections (Approaches; Soft Skills and Client Relations; Applications; Perspectives). [. . .], The Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research is an especially recommended addition to college and university library Military Science and Industrial Production/Management collections"
-Midwest Book Review
". . .Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research, by IISE member and Towson University professor Natalie M. Scala and James P. Howard II of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, provides educators and undergraduate students examples of best practices in research, case studies, practical applications and lessons learned in the field. More than three dozen contributors provide expertise from all armed forces branches as well as industry and academia. Articles are in four sections - approaches, soft skills and client relations, applications and perspectives - and range from general to specific with detailed guidance on applying OR and analytics techniques to military challenges. They are instructive both to students entering defense fields at military service academies and to service veterans transitioning into the private sector."
"The Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research is an excellent introduction to the application of operations research and analytics techniques to current defense related problems."
-Emeritus Professor Steve Horton, United States Military Academy
"The editors and contributors are a 'who's who' of operations research professionals in the field of applied national security analytics. This Handbook should occupy a prominent location on every analyst's bookshelf - from undergraduate student to senior practitioner - and its techniques should be in every analyst's toolkit."
-Brian Morgan, President-Elect, Military Operations Research Society
"This reference book has important papers on all the topics needed for a practitioner of military OR to improve his or her skills toolbox. This book will not collect dust on a shelf. It will be used regularly."
-Professor Robin Dillon-Merrill, Georgetown University
"Scala's experience and observations inspired her research interests as a professor and recently motivated her decision to write her first book, Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research[. . . .] The book offers tools and techniques that help transition a person from learning operations research and analytics in school to applying it in a new problem space - namely, defense. Or, it works vice-versa; the same tools and techniques could help a person who has experience in the military but may not have formal education in analytics."
-Jenna Harrity, Business Dialog, Towson University
"The Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research will make a great addition to any defense analyst's library. With contributions from some of the most well-known practitioners and researchers in the defense analysis field, this volume provides a great introduction to modern analytic methods and how they apply to critical problems in national defense."
-Andrew Loerch, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research, George Mason University
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