Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Military operations research

  • Clayton J. Thomas
  • Robert S. Sheldon
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_615


To say that Military Operations Research (MOR) is the application to military operations of the methods of operations research is strictly correct, but gives only one clue to understanding the subject. The military operations research accomplishments in World War II, sketched below, pioneered and greatly influenced the early development and institutionalization of operations research generally. Also, they led to the continuation of military operations research after the war, in the governments of World War II participants, in academia, in industry, in not-for-profit “think tanks,” and its adoption in similar institutions of other nations. The emphasis in this article is on practice and trends in the United States.

The general methods of operations research apply in particular to many aspects of military applications. Such differences as exist pertain mainly to the needs of military security and classification procedures, the nature of military operations and equipment, and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clayton J. Thomas
    • 1
  • Robert S. Sheldon
    • 2
  1. 1.Air Force Studies and Analyses AgencyWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Military Operations Research SocietyAlexandriaUSA