Operations Analysis - Curriculum 360

Program Officer

Brian Morgan, CAPT, USN

Code OR, Glasgow Hall, Room 241

(831) 656-2126, DSN 756-2126

FAX (831) 656-2595

blmorgan@nps.edu

Academic Associate

W. Matthew Carlyle

Glasgow Hall, Room 211

(831) 656-2106, DSN 756-3048

FAX (831) 656-2595

mcarlyle@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Operations Analysis (OA) curriculum was founded by the Navy in 1951, in order to retain, develop, and promulgate the methods of Operations Research (OR) that were used so successfully in World War II. OR is the science of helping people and organizations make better decisions. More formally, it is the development and application of mathematical models, statistical analyses, simulations, analytical reasoning, and common sense to the understanding and improvement of real-world operations. Improvement can be measured by the minimization of cost, maximization of efficiency, or optimization of other relevant measures of effectiveness. Practitioners are called on to advise military and civilian decision makers on the allocation of scarce resources, the selection of new equipment and processes, and the optimal deployment of given resources to achieve required missions.

Mathematics, probability, statistics, economics, human factors, and optimization supply the theoretical background for analyzing alternative choices in tactical and strategic warfare, and in planning, budgeting, and procurement of systems and forces. The student learns computational methods and develops skills to identify relevant information, formulate decision criteria, and select alternatives. This education enhances performance in all duties throughout a military career including operational billets, technical management assignments, and policy-making positions.

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades is required. Completion of mathematics through single variable differential and integral calculus with above-average grades is considered minimal preparation. Students without these quantitative prerequisites will be accepted in cases where their undergraduate records indicate that they are exceptional students and there are other indicators of potential. An academic profile code (APC) of 325 is required. Waivers may be obtained with a one-quarter refresher.

Entry Date

The Operations Analysis course of study (eight quarters including JPME) begins with entry dates in March and September. In general, students attend a one-quarter mathematics “refresher” prior to entering the OA curriculum. This refresher sequence begins in January or July, for the March or September start dates, respectively. If further information is needed, contact the Academic Associate or the Program Officer for this curriculum.

Degree

Requirements for the Master of Science degree are met en route to satisfying the Educational Skill Requirements of the curricular program as well as Service Intermediate-level PME and Phase I Joint PME credit.

Master of Science in Applied Science (Operations Research)

Students with acceptable academic backgrounds may enter a program leading to a degree in Applied Science with a major in Operations Research. The program of each student seeking this degree must contain a minimum of 20 quarter-hours in operations research at the graduate level, including work at the 4000 level. Additionally, the program must contain a minimum of 12 graduate quarter-hours in an approved sequence of courses outside the Department of Operations Research. A total minimum of 12 quarter-hours at the 4000 level, plus an acceptable thesis, is required. This program provides depth and diversity through specially arranged course sequences to meet the needs of the Navy and the interests of the individual. The Department Chairman's approval is required for all programs leading to this degree. Applications to include this degree in dual master's programs will not be approved.

Master of Science in Operations Research

The Master of Science in Operations Research degree requires:

  • Completion of a minimum of 40 quarter-hours of graduate-level courses with:
    • At least 20 quarter-hours of 4000-level courses, of which at least 16 are OA.
    • An elective sequence approved by the Chairman, Department of Operations Research.
  • Submission of an acceptable thesis on a subject previously approved by the Chairman, Department of Operations Research.

Subspecialty

Completion of this curriculum qualifies an officer as an Operations Analysis Subspecialist with a subspecialty code of 3211P and JPME Phase I education certification for students whose orders include the extra quarter for JPME. The community manager for the OA subspecialty is the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Assessment Division (OPNAV N81).

U.S. Marine Corps officers completing this curriculum fulfill the requirements for MOS 8850.

Typical Subspecialty Jobs

Defense Resources Management OPNAV Analyst

JCS Analyst Director, OPS Research: SACLANT

Assistant Staff OPS and PLANS: COMCARGRU Staff OPS and PLANS: COMTHIRDFLT

BUPERS OSD Analyst

OPS Analyst: Naval War College Instructor: NPS

Cost Analyst Warfare Analyst

Typical Course of Study (Naval Warfare Option)

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA1118Multivariable Calculus for Operations Research

4

0

MA3042Linear Algebra

4

0

OA2801Computational Methods for Operations Research

4

1

OA3101Probability

4

1

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA3102Statistics

4

2

OA3201Linear Programming

4

0

OA3301Stochastic Models I

4

0

OA3801Computational Methods for Operations Research II

3

1

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA3103Data Analysis

4

1

OA3302Simulation-Modeling

4

0

OA4202Network Flows and Graphs

4

0

OA4301Stochastic Models II

4

0

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA4201Nonlinear Programming.

4

0

OA4106Advanced Data Analysis

3

1

OA4333Simulation Analysis

4

0

OA4702Cost Estimation

4

0

Quarter 5 (First eight weeks)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA3602Search Theory and Detection

4

0

OA4655Introduction to Joint Combat Modeling

4

0

OA4801Spreadsheet Modeling for Military Operations Research

3

2

(Last three weeks) Experience Tour/Thesis Research

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ELECTElective OAXXXX

OA4602Joint Campaign Analysis

4

0

OA3304Decision Theory

4

0

OA0810Thesis Research for Operations Analysis Students

0

8

Quarter 7

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ELECTElective OAXXXX

OA4604Wargaming Applications

3

2

NW3230Strategy & War

4

2

OA0810Thesis Research for Operations Analysis Students

0

8

Educational Skill Requirements (ESR)

Operations Analysis - Curriculum 360

Subspecialty Code: 3211P

  1. Basics: The graduate will possess the mathematical and computer programming skills required to support graduate study in operations research and have the ability to use computers as a tool to aid in analysis.
  2. Probability, Statistics, and Data Analysis: The graduate will be well-versed in applications of probability, statistics, and data analysis to support the modeling and analysis of a broad range of military decision problems.
  3. Optimization: The graduate will be able to formulate and solve a wide variety of optimization problems and be conversant with the major uses of such models in DoD and the private sector.
  4. Stochastic Modeling: The graduate will be able to formulate stochastic models, calculate measures of performance for them, and be familiar with major applications of such models.
  5. Simulation: The graduate will be able to employ simulation methods to model situations of interest to the defense community, be able to formulate, implement, explore, and analyze simulations, and make informed recommendations.
  6. Analysis of Military Operations: The graduate will have significant exposure to and be able to model and analyze military operations using operations analysis techniques, and support concept development, tactics, and operations.
  7. Systems Analysis: The graduate will be able to apply systems analysis concepts as a basis for making key decisions on force requirements, weapon systems, and other defense problems with particular emphasis in risk-benefit and cost-benefit analysis.
  8. Practice: The graduate will have gained experience working on all aspects of an analytical study, and will demonstrate the ability to conduct independent analytical studies and proficiency in presenting the results both orally and in writing.

Curriculum Sponsor and ESR Approval Authority

The Major Area Sponsor (MAS) for the Operations Research Analysis subspecialty is Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources (OPNAV N8). The designated Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Operations Analysis curriculum is Director, Assessment Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N81). The Curriculum and ESR approval authority is Director, Total Force Manpower, Training, and Education Requirements Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations(OPNAV N12).(OA Curriculum Review conducted 10 March 2017.)