John K. Walker, Jr. Award

Candidates are considered annually for the Walker Award to recognize the author(s) of the technical article judged to be the best published in PHALANX, The Magazine of Military Operations Research, during the previous calendar year. The Walker Award is an annual award. Persons considered to be deserving candidates for the Walker Award should be evaluated by the purpose, criteria for eligibility, and candidate award procedures that follow.

Purpose of the Award:

  • To establish a memorial to John K. Walker, Jr., a respected colleague, PHALANX Editor for twelve years and PHALANX Editor Emeritus for seven years, who by his long-term involvement with the Military Operations Research Society gave so much of enduring value to the military operations research community.
  • To give evidence of the belief of the Military Operations Research Society that operations research represents people who apply scientific method to build quantitative models, manipulate data, evaluate results and who publish these result in a suitable form in PHALANX, a forum to the broader community.
  • To emphasize that PHALANX, the Magazine of Military Operations Research, promotes communication among practitioners of military operations research that are timely, important, and interesting to the PHALANX audience.

We will identify and recognize members of our profession who have expanded the application of military operations research techniques, improved their set of analytical tools, communicated the results of their work to the broader analytic community by publishing an article in PHALANX.

  • Individuals must have published a technical article in PHALANX during the previous calendar year whose content is judged to be timely, interesting and important to the PHALANX audience.
  • Each published article will be judged on the basis of its ability to communicate to the military operations research community the ideas of the author(s) clearly, concisely, and unambiguously.
  • Current Sponsors, members of the Board of Directors, members of the PHALANX editorial staff including PHALANX Department Editors, members of the editorial staff of Military Operations Research Journal including MOR Associate Editors, and members of the Publications Committee are not eligible for the Walker Award.

Past Award Winners

  • 2019 - Major Amber Coleman and Chief Warrant Officer Amanda Aultman, Marine Corps Logistics Command Warehouse Optimization Model
    Volume 51, Number 3
  • 2018 - MAJ Katherine A. Batterton and CAPT Kimberly N. Hale
    The Likert Scale: What It Is and How to Use It
    Volume 50 Number 2
  • 2017- Mr. Marvin B. Schaffer
    Boost-Phase Missile Defense:  Another Look at Space and Air-Air Engagements
    Volume 49 Number 1
  • 2016 - Major Brian Wade and Mr. Paul Chang
    New Measures of Effectiveness for the Air and Missile Defense Simulation Community
    Volume 48 Number 4
  • 2015 - Dr. Yuna Huh Wong
    Preparing for Contemporary Analytic Challenges
    Volume 47 Number 4
  • 2014 - Jaspreet S. Dhillon, Eric K. Ebersoleand and Gene W. Loughran
    Multi-INT Fusion in Afghanistan: A look at the Division Level
    Volume 46 Number 4
  • 2013 - Clifford D. Tompkins , Douglas A. Boerman,and Major Walter J. Lesinski III
    Risk-Assessment Framework
    Volume 45 Number 4
  • 2012 - Col Karl Gingrich, CDR Matthew Shane, and Maj Matthew Durkin
    Measuring Quality of the ANSF
    Volume 44, Number 1
  • 2011 - Neil Carson and Jean-Denis Caron
    The Maritime Timeline Analysis and Requirements Toolset (M-TART)
    Volume 43, Number 4
  • 2010 - Leroy A. "Jack" Jackson and MAJ Jonathan K. Alt
    Bayesian Networks for the Human Element
    Volume 42, Number 2
  • 2009 - Peter Perla
    So a Wargamer and a Black Swan Walk into a Bar
    Volume 41, Number 4
  • 2008 - Roy E. Rice, FS
    Quantifying “Persistence” in the Context of Find-Fix-Finish (FFF)
    Volume 40, Number 2
  • 2007 - Gregory Boylan, Bobbie L. Foote and Roger Burk
    Loitering Aircraft as a Capability Added for Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems
    Volume 39, Number 1
  • 2006 - LTC David Briggs
    Modeling Army Officer Promotions
    Volume 38, Number 4
  • 2005 - Peter A. Davidson
    Modeling Precision Munitions: The Average Isn't Good Enough
    Volume 37, Number 1
  • 2004 - MAJ Rob Kewley and LTC Larry Larimer
    An Agent Based Modeling Approach to Quantifying the Value of Battlefield Information
    Volume 36, Number 2
  • 2003 - Major William Vinyard and Professor Tom Lucas
    Exploring Combat Models for Non-Monotonicities and Remedies
    Volume 35, Number 1
  • 2002 - Professor Alan R. Washburn
    Bits, Bangs or Bucks? The Coming Information Crisis
    Part I, Volume 34, Number 3 and Part II, Volume 34, Number 4
  • 2001 - Richard R. Laferriere and Stephen M. Robinson
    Scenario Analysis in US Army Decision Making
    Volume 33, Number 1
  • 2000 - James P. Ignizio
    System Stability: A Proxy for Graceful Degradation
    Volume 32, Number 1
  • 1999 - Jerome Bracken and Richard E. Darilek
    Information Superiority and Game Theory: The Value of Information in Four Games
    Volume 31, Number 4