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The Naval Postgraduate School's Operations Research Department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The department is without peer in integrating military applications of operations research into graduate education. 
Jeffrey A. Appleget

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Department of Operations Research

Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943


Professional History


  • Ph.D. Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School, 1997.
  • M.S. Operations Research and Statistics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1989.
  • B.S. United States Military Academy, 1979.


Senior Lecturer, Naval Postgraduate School (2009-present)

Irregular Warfare Project Lead, TRADOC Analysis Center (2008 – 2009). Responsible for standing up and organizing the Army's Irregular Warfare (IW) campaign to develop a credible and relevant IW analytic capability for the Army. This includes assessing existing IW methods, models, and tools for potential Army utility, developing a strategy to address key IW modeling gaps previously identified, and pursuing resourcing through various sponsors. Additional duties include TRAC's principal liaison with the Army G-3/5/7 Modeling and Simulation Task Force, to include advocating for resourcing of critical Army M&S capabilities.

Deputy Director/Senior Military Analyst, TRADOC Analysis Center (2006 –2008). Responsible for the execution of programs conducted by a workforce of nearly 400 military and civilian personnel in four locations with a budget of over $45 million, with the mission of conducting relevant and credible analysis to inform senior Army leadership. Responsible for the oversight of Methods and Research Office, TRAC-Monterey, and the Programs and Resources Directorate. Guided, fostered and mentored the professional development of all assigned personnel, civilian and military. Ensured that analysis of warfighting concepts, organizational designs, and other combat development issues are based on sound military principles.

Deputy Director/Senior Military Analyst, TRADOC Analysis Center-Fort Leavenworth (2004 – 2006). Responsible for the oversight of current and future force analysis. Formed and directed teams of military and civilian analysts (government and contractor). Supervised analysis programs of combat development, force design, doctrine and operational concepts to underpin Army Transformation acquisition decisions by senior Army and DoD leadership. Managed and coordinated the efforts of over 100 experienced operations research professionals. Ensured the quality of analytic products and processes.

Commander of Troops and Senior Military Analyst, TRADOC Analysis Center-White Sands Missile Range (2001 – 2004). Responsible for the training, education, mentoring, and professional development of over 30 officer analysts supporting TRAC-WSMR. Directed a multi-organizational analysis program that underpinned acquisition decisions for the Army's Future Combat Systems. Initiated and developed a training and professional development program for new analysts.

Director, TRADOC Analysis Center-Monterey (1999-2001). Directed an annual research program of cutting-edge computer technology projects that enhanced Army modeling and simulation capability. Managed an annual research budget of over $2 million for an elite team of 6 advanced degreed analysts. Proposed, negotiated, and completed reimbursable research projects for several Department of Defense agencies. Built partnerships with selected universities to enhance and supplement the organization's research projects

Assistant Professor, Operations Research Department, NPS, (1999-2001).
[Concurrent appointment with position as Director, TRAC-Monterey] Lectured on recent advances in Army Operations Research and combinatorial optimization, facilitated joint Army-NPS research opportunities.

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, U.S. Military Academy, (1996-1999).
Developed the curriculum, directed, and taught Non-linear Optimization and Mathematical Programming courses. Also taught Probability and Statistics.

Instructor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy, (1991-1993). Developed the curriculum, directed, and taught Multivariate Calculus course. Also taught Differential Calculus.

Operations Research Systems Analyst, Concepts Analysis Agency, (1989-1991). Study director for several Desert Shield and Desert Storm Quick Reaction Analyses that informed senior Army, Department of Defense, and National Command Authority leadership on Gulf War contingencies.

US Army Field Artillery Officer, Ft Stewart, Georgia; Federal Republic of Germany; (1979-1987). Led various Army artillery organizations including command of a nuclear-capable 155mm howitzer battery of over 80 officers and enlisted in Western Europe during the Cold War.


2011 Army Modeling and Simulation Award (Analysis)
2003 Dr. Wilbur B. Payne Memorial Award for Excellence in Analysis
2003 Simulation and Modeling for Acquisition, Requirements, and Training (SMART) Award
2001 Simulation and Modeling for Acquisition, Requirements, and Training (SMART) Award
1993 Instructor of the Year At Large, Department of Mathematical Sciences, USAF Academy
1991 Dr. Wilbur B. Payne Memorial Award for Excellence in Analysis
1990 Concepts Analysis Agency Director's Award for Excellence 


  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Military Operations Research Society (MORS)
  • Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
  • Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
  • US Naval Institute

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