Greg H. Parlier, PhD (Colonel, US Army, Retired)
, began his Army career as a section leader in an airborne infantry battalion and retired as the senior, most experienced Operations Research (OR) Analyst
on active duty. A career Air Defense Artillery officer, Dr. Parlier was stationed overseas in the Far East, Europe, and Southwest Asia. A combat veteran with 5 operational deployments, he is the recipient of more than 35 decorations, foreign awards, campaign, and service medals.
Dr. Parlier currently serves as a Defense Analyst and Systems Engineering Consultant
. With over 40 years experience in leadership, management, strategic planning, and organizational innovation, his unique qualifications and expertise include building, developing, and leading multi-disciplinary teams confronting transformational challenges in large commands and complex organizations. He has been an advisor to: commercial firms ranging from small hi-tech start-ups to Fortune 100 consulting companies; US Government organizations, including senior OR advisor supporting US Forces in Iraq; and several foreign governments.
Author of numerous professional journal articles and an award-winning text, Dr. Parlier has presented over 200 papers on Military Operations Research, Army Manpower and Officer Personnel Policy
, and National Security Resource Challenges
at a wide variety of national and international conferences during the past 25 years. A former West Point professor and Professional Engineer, he is adjunct professor of Operations Research at a top research university and member of several National Academies of Sciences and Engineering special studies.
Dr. Parlier is Program Chair for the annual International Conferences on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems, Past President of INFORMS MAS, and Editorial Board Chair for Phalanx: The Magazine of National Security Analyses
- PhD, Systems Engineering, Wesleyan International University
- MS, Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School
- MA, National Security Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
- BS, Engineering, US Military Academy, West Point
As I write this, the Middle East is ablaze with an Islamic caliphate gaining hold in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Humanitarian crises, barbarian acts and charges of genocide shock our senses. Iran marches on to a nuclear weapon and delivery capability. In West Africa, the largest outbreak of Ebola virus has now caused more than three thousand deaths of hemorrhagic fever, spreading fear and causing the director of the World Health Organization to declare an international emergency.