Strategic Analytics and the Future of Military Operations Research

Authored by: Greg H. Parlier

Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  February  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138607330
eBook ISBN: 9780429467219
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As the Battle of Britain loomed early in World War II, in a converted English manor along Suffolk’s southeastern coast overlooking the North Sea, a new profession was being invented. The phrase to define these new multi-disciplinary teams supporting Air Chief Marshall Hugh Dowding and his Royal Air Force Fighter Command with the integration and use of newly invented radar was, of course, “Operational Research” (OR) (Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1963). The fate of Western Civilization was indeed at stake in those early war years. Prime Minister Winston Churchill would later describe this period after the fall of France as Britain’s “Darkest Hour” (Fisher, 2005).

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