Operational Warfare Analysis (OWA) - Curriculum 355

Program Officer
David Scott Cohick, CDR, USN
Glasgow Hall
(831) 656-2291, DSN 756-2291
FAX (831) 656-2595
dscohick@nps.edu

Academic Associate
David Alderson, Ph.D.
Glasgow Hall, Room 258
(831) 656-1814, DSN 756-1814
FAX (831) 656-2595
dlalders@nps.edu

Brief Overview
The Operational Warfare Analysis (OWA) curriculum 355 is tailored for U. S. Navy Unrestricted Line Officers whose career paths do not permit attendance in the traditional Operations Analysis (OA) curriculum 360.

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, 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.

The Operational Warfare Analysis (OWA) curriculum includes much of the breadth of the traditional Operations Analysis (OA) curriculum 360, but with limited opportunity for depth.

Requirements for Entry
The Operational Warfare Analysis (OWA) curriculum is open to Navy Unrestricted Line Officers only.

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
For Navy Unrestricted Line Officers who meet the 325 APC requirement, the Operational Warfare Analysis (OWA) course of study (six quarters total including JPME) begins with entry dates in March and September.
For Navy Unrestricted Line Officers who receive an APC waiver and require a one-quarter of math refresher, the Operational Warfare Analysis (OWA) course of study (six quarters total not including JPME) begins with entry dates in January and July.

If further information is needed, contact the Academic Associate or the Program Officer for this curriculum.

Degree
Requirements for the master’s degree are met en route to satisfying the Educational Skill Requirements of the curriculum.

Master of Operational Analysis (Warfare)
The Master of Operational Analysis (Warfare) 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.
• A warfare analysis track approved by the Chairman, Department of Operations Research.
• At least one additional OR Depth track 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 Research Analysis - Foundations of Modeling and Analysis subspecialist with a subspecialty code of 3214P. The community manager for the Operations Research Analysis subspecialty is the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Assessment Division (OPNAV N81).

Typical Subspecialty Jobs
OPNAV Analyst
Fleet Commander Analyst
Numbered Fleet Analyst
Air, Surface, or Submarine TYCOM Analyst


APC 325 Direct Entry -- spring or fall start -- including JPME

The Operational Warfare Analysis (OWA) curriculum 355 is tailored for U. S. Navy Unrestricted Line Officers whose career paths do not permit attendance in the traditional Operations Analysis (OA) curriculum 360.

For Navy Unrestricted Line Officers who meet the 325 APC requirement, the Operational Warfare Analysis (OWA) course of study is six quarters total,  with entry dates in March and September, and does include JPME (Joint Professional Military Education Level I).

 

Quarter 1 (spring/fall)

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 (summer/winter)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA3102Statistics

4

2

OA3201Linear Programming

4

0

OA3301Stochastic Models I

4

0

OA3910Selected Topics in Operations Research/Systems Analysis

V

0

Quarter 3 (spring/fall)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA3103Data Analysis

4

1

OA3302Simulation-Modeling

4

0

OA3602Search Theory and Detection

4

0

ELECTElective OA4XXX

0

4

OR Depth Track elective sequences for 355

OR Depth track sequences may be customized to support thesis research in consultation with the thesis advisor and with the approval of the Chair of the OR Department.  Typical OR Depth Track sequences include:

Simulation Modeling and Analysis

OA4106 Advanced Data Analysis (3-1)

OA4301 Stochastic Models II (4-0)

OA4333 Simulation Analysis (4-0)

Optimization

OA4201 Non-Linear Programming (4-0)

OA4202 Network Flows and Graphs (4-0)

OA4203 Mathematical Programming (4-0)

Statistics

OA3802 Computational Methods for Data Analytics (4-0)

OA4105 Nonparametric Statistics (4-0)

OA4106 Advanced Data Analysis (4-0)

Quarter 4 (summer/winter)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA4702Cost Estimation

4

0

OA0810Thesis Research for Operations Analysis Students

0

8

ELECTElective OA4XXX

0

4

NW3230Strategy & War

4

2

Quarter 5 (spring/fall)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA4655Introduction to Joint Combat Modeling

4

0

OA0810Thesis Research for Operations Analysis Students

0

8

ELECTElective OA4XXX

0

4

NW3275Joint Maritime Operations - part 1

4

0

Quarter 6 (summer/winter)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA4602Joint Campaign Analysis

4

0

OA0810Thesis Research for Operations Analysis Students

0

8

NW3276Joint Maritime Operations - part 2

2

2

NW3285Theater Security Decision Making

4

0

APC Waiver -- summer or winter start -- including math refresher

The Operational Warfare Analysis (OWA) curriculum 355 is tailored for U. S. Navy Unrestricted Line Officers whose career paths do not permit attendance in the traditional Operations Analysis (OA) curriculum 360.

For Navy Unrestricted Line Officers who receive an APC waiver and require one-quarter of math refresher, the Operational Warfare Analysis (OWA) course of study is six quarters total, with entry dates in January and July, and does not include JPME.

Quarter 0 (summer/winter)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA1025Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning

4

0

MA1113Single Variable Calculus I

4

0

MA1114Single Variable Calculus II with Matrix Algebra

4

0

OA1600Introduction of Operations Analysis I

2

2

-or-

OA2910Selected Topics in Operations Analysis

V

0

Quarter 1 (spring/fall)

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 (summer/winter)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA3102Statistics

4

2

OA3201Linear Programming

4

0

OA3301Stochastic Models I

4

0

OA3910Selected Topics in Operations Research/Systems Analysis

V

0

Quarter 3 (spring/fall)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA3103Data Analysis

4

1

OA3302Simulation-Modeling

4

0

OA3602Search Theory and Detection

4

0

ELECTElective OA4XXX

0

4

OR Depth Track elective sequences for 355

OR Depth track sequences may be customized to support thesis research in consultation with the thesis advisor and with the approval of the Chair of the OR Department.  Typical OR Depth Track sequences include:

Simulation Modeling and Analysis

OA4106 Advanced Data Analysis (3-1)

OA4301 Stochastic Models II (4-0)

OA4333 Simulation Analysis (4-0)

Optimization

OA4201 Non-Linear Programming (4-0)

OA4202 Network Flows and Graphs (4-0)

OA4203 Mathematical Programming (4-0)

Statistics

OA3802 Computational Methods for Data Analytics (4-0)

OA4105 Nonparametric Statistics (4-0)

OA4106 Advanced Data Analysis (4-0)

Quarter 4 (summer/winter)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA4602Joint Campaign Analysis

4

0

OA4702Cost Estimation

4

0

ELECTElective OA4XXX

0

4

OA0810Thesis Research for Operations Analysis Students

0

8

Quarter 5 (spring/fall)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OA4655Introduction to Joint Combat Modeling

4

0

ELECTElective OA4XXX

0

4

OA0810Thesis Research for Operations Analysis Students

0

8

OA0810Thesis Research for Operations Analysis Students

0

8

Educational Skill Requirements (ESRs)
Operational Warfare Analysis - Curriculum 355
Subspecialty Code: 3214P


1. Fundamentals: graduate will possess the mathematical and computer programming skills required to support graduate study in operations research and have the ability to use computers to aid in analysis.
2. Probability, Statistics, and Data Analysis: The graduate will be familiar with applications of probability, statistics, and data analysis to the modeling and analysis of decision problems.
3. Optimization: The graduate will be able to formulate and solve several types of optimization problems, to include linear and integer programs.
4. Stochastic Modeling: The graduate will be able to formulate basic stochastic models; calculate measures of performance for them; and be familiar with elementary applications of discrete-time Markov chains and homogenous Poisson processes.
5. Simulation: The graduate will be able to employ simulation methods to formulate, implement, and explore simulations of real-world processes.
6. Systems Analysis: The graduate will be able to apply systems analysis concepts as a basis for making key decisions, with particular emphasis in risk-benefit and cost-benefit analysis.
7. Specialization in an Advanced Operations Research Discipline: The graduate will attain advanced skills in at least two of the following disciplines: warfare analysis, simulation modeling and analysis, optimization, and statistics. Graduate will be able to formulate and solve a wide variety of advanced problems in their chosen specializations and will be well versed in a broad range of advanced applications in the other disciplines.
8. Practice: The graduate will have gained experience working on some aspects of an analytical study and will demonstrate the ability to conduct analytical studies and demonstrate proficiency in presenting the results both orally and in writing. This includes the completion of a thesis, which must be aligned to one of the chosen specializations.

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 Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development (OPNAV N7).