Operations Research Center

Operations Research Center

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About the Center

The Operations Research Center (ORCEN) provides a dedicated analytical capability that engages problems of national significance for the purpose of enriching cadet education, enhancing the professional development of Operations Research Systems Analysis Officer Faculty, integrating emerging technologies and analytical tools into the Academic Program, and sustaining ties between the Academy, the Army, and the Department of Defense (DoD). 

The ORCEN is committed to providing sound, unbiased, analytical research in support of our DoD partners. Our combination of military and civilian analysts brings both recent operational experience and academic pedigrees from top-tier universities

ORCEN Projects


Each year the ORCEN conducts 8-12 projects in support of several DoD sponsors. A single military analyst, civilian analyst, or team of analysts on a project will apply a variety of methods to solve the client’s problem. Methods include Modeling and Simulation, Decision Analysis and Support, and Data Analysis.

Read more about projects

Developing performance metrics and visualizations for Space Domain Awareness.

SOF Incentives Analysis

Analyzing the intended goals of the system of special pay and incentives, in order to develop and analyze feasible alternatives, designed to meet both accession, retention, and skill proficiency goals of the organization's current and projected manning, resourcing, and mission requirements.

USARPAC Data Literacy Training

The USARPAC Chief Data Office has partnered with USMA’s Operations Research Center to develop and teach a curriculum to empower staff by democratizing data consumption and increasing analytic capacity.

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Publications and Resources

Since 1988, ORCEN analysts have conducted research in support of many DoD topics of interest. Our technical reports preserve this work.

Contact Us

Operations Research Center
Department of Systems Engineering
Mahan Hall Building 752
West Point, New York, 10996
Phone: (845) 938-5897

Collaborate With Us

The Office of Research helps coordinate West Point’s research efforts with external entities. Those interested in conducting research with West Point can email the Associate Dean for Research.