U.S. Air Force Academy
2304 Cadet Dr. 
U.S. Air Force Academy, CO 80840

Defence Science and Technology Group
Canberra, ACT 2610

This Workshop will be bi-continental, held in Canberra (AU) and Colorado Springs (U.S.) from 24-26 March 2020 at the unclassifed level. AU and U.S. meetings will overlap for four hours per day, plus one hour for the synthesis teams.  U.S. and AU alternative 4 hour shifts will also take place, making for 13 hours of actual meeting worktime per day. 

View or download Workshop flier.

Workshop Tracks and Confirmed Speakers

 If you are interested in presenting in one of the tracks below, send your abstract to Ms. Liz Marriott at Liz.Marriott@mors.org by 28 February 2020.

• Track 1 - Multi-Domain Ops: Including innovations in combined force application views with new arenas such as Space and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

• Track 2 - Grey Zone: Whole of nation frameworks leading to new approaches to conflict including the Information Domain

• Track 3 - New Concepts: New analysis methods enabled by developments in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics. This track will initially share best practice in these areas and then explore how they could be employed in the questions outlined in Grey Zone and Multi-Domain Operations tracks

Confirmed to Speak:

Dr. Lynn Booth, Chief of Joint and Operations Division, The Defence Science and Technology Group. Link to full bio.

Mr. Christopher J. Ristich, Director, Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office, Air Force Research Laboratory. Link to full bio.

Dr. Fotis Barlos, DARPA Strategic Technology Office (STO), Program Manager. Link to full bio.

Workshop Objectives


  • Finding Reliable and Robust M&S methods to support Multi-Domain Operations or MDO
  • Discussing quantitative ways to explore the strategic space at a level of conventional warfare that is just below the threshold of conflict
  • Discovering a way to model how the “information advantage” now works “to integrate information operations, Cyber, Space, and EMS, as they are employed pre, during, and after conflict” (or to avoid/deter conflict altogether)

At this point of departure from traditional models, MORS can elevate new model outcome ideals and sketch critical paths forward for force structure ideals and modeling requirements therein. 
One such point of departure comes from a FVEY refocus away from traditional weapons system tradespace towards looking for a new force design: 

“a revolution in defense Operations Research to better handle the interaction of complex geopolitical, social, technological, economic and cultural factors for employment of the current force and design of the future force. It represents a shift in problem choice rather than a search for better solutions to known problems. Force design is decision making about future operational capability components and interactions under conditions of high uncertainty. The MCW SRI aims to address the force design and employment problems simultaneously at two levels: firstly, by both drawing from the growing science of complexity and uncertainty and forwarding this research across traditional fields of study, to shape the development of a better overall solution to the force design problem as a whole; and secondly, by developing new methods for Operations Research to support force design and employment decision-making under conditions of uncertainty.”



Plan to attend the tutorial covering "Prologue to Warfare in a Cyber World." Tutorial is included in the registration fee for the Modeling Complex Warfare Workshop.

Dr. Dean S. Hartley III, will lead participants through a unique tutorial at 11:00 AM on 24 March at the MORS Modeling Complex Warfare Workshop. Previously a Senior Member of the Research Staff at the Department of Energy Oak Ridge Facilities, he received his Ph.D. in piecewise linear topology from the University of Georgia in 1973. Dr. Hartley is the author of Predicting Combat Effects, Unconventional Conflict: A Modeling Perspective, and An Ontology for Unconventional Conflict.

Tutorial Highlights:

  • The Noosphere: the Total Information Available to Humanity
  • Humans: the Target (and the Attacker)
  • Selected Sciences & Technologies: CAS, AI, Networks, Quantum
  • The Adversarial Environment
  • Ramifications of S&T

Tutorial Objective:
To learn about the ascendant power of information access, pervasive surveillance, personalized persuasion, and emerging new forms of cognition. Salient technologies and science include persuasion science, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), surveillance technologies, complex adaptive systems, network science, and directed human modification.

Problems Addressed:
Kinetic warfare superiority can no longer guarantee our freedom. The tutorial describes the adversarial environment and how it interacts with the ongoing, accelerating change that we are experiencing, irrespective of adversaries.

Why Should You Attend:
Tutorial addresses the confluence of the central axis of our time, accelerating change, the motif of the universe as connectivity, the new kind of effective information war that threatens our security, and the emergent new forms of cognition that are changing our world.


Payment Options

The "Invoice Me" option can only be used for the registration fee.  If you need assistance registering please contact Ms. Tina Yan, tina.yan@mors.org.

Who can attend (Clearance Requirements):
This meeting is open to U.S. citizens and FVEY Partners (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK). Non U.S. citizens of U.S. allies may attend at the discretion of MORS. Non U.S. attendees will be notified if their registration to attend is not accepted. (NOTE: See special USAFA requirements for Foreign Nationals)

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Drury Inn & Suites
1170 InterQuest Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Cutoff date: 2/20/2020

Book Here
Telephone: (719) 599-4000
Rate: $109 (per diem)

Parking at the hotel is complimentary. Bus transportation will be available to USAFA.

USAFA Foreign National Requirements

Classification Level: Unclassified

Embassy Visit Request:

Foreign Nationals are required to submit a FVR (Foreign Visit Request) via Embassy ONLY if they are an Official Representative of their government, Military or Civilian.

To attend the Modeling Complex Warfare Workshop, 
24-26 March 2020

U.S. Air Force Academy
2304 Cadet Dr. 
U.S. Air Force Academy, CO 808400

Security POC:
Jeff Thoma, SFPC, SPIPC, PSC
Enterprise Security Specialist
Information Protection Directorate

The recipient of this visit approval notification letter is required to disseminate the disclosure restrictions contained herein to the host(s) of this visit. Please email or fax the Foreign Visit Request Number and approved Foreign Visit Request with the following information to Taniesha.Sims@mors.org or Fax to 703.933.9066.



Event Co-Chairs:
AU - Dr. Fred Bowden 
U.S. - MAJ Joey Hoecherl 

Synthesis Chair:
AU - Mr. David Cox 
U.S. - Mr. Norm Reitter

Track Leads:
U.S. - Mr. Chris Linhardt 
U.S. - MAJ Joey Hoecherl 

Ms. Liz Marriott, liz.marriott@mors.org
(703) 933-9074

Ms. Tina Yan, tina.yan@mors.org or 
(703) 933-9076