58th AORS 2020

Virtual Symposium
Army Resilience in the Face of Global Crisis

Between 20 - 23 October 2020, the Center for Army Analysis (CAA) hosted the largest and longest AORS ever, conducted fully on a virtual meeting platform, with a record 662 registrants across more than 60 organizations and five partner nations, 181 presentations across 10 Working Groups, three award winner presentations, three new selectees into the ORSA Hall of Fame and one inductee, MG (R) John G. Ferrari, Job Fair sessions from nine organizations, updates from the CP 36 and FA 49 career field managers, a Panel Discussion with senior leaders from five of the top analytical organizations, and a Keynote Address from a four-star, GEN John M. Murray, Commanding General Army Futures Command.  There were 340 first time attendees to AORS this year!  Wow!
GEN Murray shared how much senior leaders value our analyses and how they need it even faster in today’s rapidly changing world.  He stated that more than ever, now is a “Golden Age for Analysts" – and how the work we do every day is making a difference.
Four themes ran through much of the Keynote Address and the Panel Discussions, and MG (R) Ferrari summed them up well during his acceptance speech:
  • Understand the importance of being able to communicate with decision-makers.
  • Work well with others, including the domain experts.
  • Ensure we are solving problems that leaders care about.
  • Assess and train our talented analysts to equip them to be even better.
The AORS Planning Team wants to sincerely thank all of the people who came together, from the organizers to the 23 co-chairs from 14 organizations that ran the Working Groups to the many presenters and speakers and to all the folks who attended and participated.  It was a great team effort during a challenging time in our history, proving once again the great resiliency of our Army and the strength of its analytical organizations.  Now, let’s start planning the 59th AORS 2021.  AORS Strong!
The full program is available here, 58th AORS 2020 Program

2020 Working Groups

WG 1 Current Operations CCMD operations, Europe-Asia-Pacific analysis, Humanitarian Relief Operations, CONUS Disaster Relief, Homeland Security and current infrastructure.
WG 2 Future Capabilities Future capabilities integration, combat developments, manning and equipping the force, capabilities requirements, AoA, development of concepts, doctrine and organization.
WG 3 Sustainment Fleet analysis, logistic, deploying and sustaining the force, optimization, materiel and fire sustainability, operational energy, distribution, equipment analysis, and test and evaluation.
WG 4 Advances in OR, Data Science, and Technology New methods in operations research (OR), data integration and collection and applications of information technology to operations research problems.
WG 5 Manpower, Personnel and Training Analysis Manpower requirements determination, enhance training, soldier and team performance (develop future leaders) recruiting, retention, casualty and medical analysis.
WG 6 Modeling and Simulation (M&S) M&S development, data collection in support of M&S, defining future requirements for M&S applications and best practices in support of wargaming.
WG 7 Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) Analysis Analysis to examine the effects and capabilities of Cyberspace Operations, Signal/Communications Networks, and Electronic Warfare, and the impact on DOTMLP-F decisions and the Warfighter.
WG 8 Wargaming Existing and innovative wargaming techniques and tools, lessons learned, advances in analytical approaches, and data collection and synthesis.
WG 9 Multi-Domain Operations Analysis examining how the Army operates as part of the Joint Force by employing the Multi-Domain Operations Concept to overcome the challenges of the future operating environment.
WG 10 Pandemic Response Analysis Key metrics, trends and analytic methods related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, providing a forum for analysts to present and discuss how their organizations contributed to the DOD response.