Parlier*, Greg H. (Colonel, US Army retired; Adjunct Professor of OR, NCSU; Independent Consultant; Past President, MAS)

Greg H. Parlier

Greg H. Parlier

Greg H. Parlier
255 Avian Lane
Madison, AL 35758 USA

Phone: 256-457-9782


History of Military Operations Research

Military OR: Applications, Challenges, Opportunities 

OR/MS for Workforce Planning, Analysis, and Development

Management Innovation for Supply Chain Transformation 

Strategic Analytics 

Education & Background

  • Ph.D., Systems Engineering, Wesleyan International University
  • MS, Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School
  • MA, National Securities Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • BS, Applied Science and Engineering, US Military Academy, West Point

Greg began his 30-year Army career as a section leader in an airborne infantry battalion and retired as the senior, most experienced ORSA (Operations Research/Systems Analyst) on active duty. A career Air Defense Artillery officer, he was stationed overseas in the Far East, Europe, and Southwest Asia where units he led and served with performed missions and conducted training in more than 20 foreign countries. A master parachutist, he was a paratroop commander in the 82nd Airborne Division for 8 years, participated in 5 deployments, 12 named operations, and earned All-American Centurion Wings. He served on the faculty at West Point as an Engineering Management instructor, Assistant Professor of Operations Research, and Associate Professor of Systems Engineering. The final decade of his military career focused on building, developing, and leading multi-disciplinary teams confronting transformational challenges in large, complex commands. After retiring from the Army, he served 12  years on the Institute for Defense Analyses research staff where he was the senior OR analyst supporting US Forces in Iraq and adviser to several foreign governments. He has also been a university research scientist, vice president for a new engineering and analysis company, and independent consultant to the public and private sectors. His research has been published in professional journals, technical publications, an award-winning text, and the Congressional Record; delivered over 250 presentations on military OR, land warfare analyses, and defense resource challenges at a variety of national and international conferences; past president of the Military Applications Society (MAS), elected to the International Institute of Strategic Studies, fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, and director for the Military Operations Research Society (MORS); program chair for the annual International Conferences on OR and Enterprise Systems (ICORES) and founding chair for the Military, Defense, and International Security (MDIS) track supporting several international OR conferences. A graduate of the Army War College and Marine Corps C  ommand and Staff College, he was also a National Defense Fellow at MIT and earned a certificate in political philosophy from Oxford. Honors include Army OR Analyst of the Year, MORS Tisdale Graduate Research Award, MAS Koopman Prize, and INFORMS Edelman Laureate. He was the first career military officer nominated by the INFORMS board of directors for President-elect of the Institute. Greg is currently adjunct Professor of OR at North Carolina State University and president of GH Parlier Consulting.

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