Dr. Mark A. Gallagher, Professor of Practice, Operations Research

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Dr. Mark A. Gallagher is a Professor of Practice of Operations Research in the Department of Operational Sciences at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB. Dr. Gallagher has served as Technical Director, Senior Leader at AF/A9 2009 - 2019.  He also served in US Stratagic Command and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Cost Analysis Improvement Group (CAIG) in the now Cost Analysis and Program Evaluation (CAPE).

Dr. Gallagher is a fellow of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS), council member of the Military Application and Security (MAS) Society, member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS),  and is  a life member of the Air Force Association and Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1992

Master of Science (M.S.), Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1986

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Operations Research and Computer Science, United States Air Force Academy, 1983


Meritorious Senior Career Professional – Presidential Rank Award (2018)

Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service, 2017

Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) – 2017 INFORMS Prize for the US Air Force (Dr. Mark Gallagher was the Air Force’s nominating committee chair)

Military Operations Research Society – Fellow of Society, 2014

Military Operations Research Society – Clayton J. Thomas Award, 2013

Meritorious Civilian Service Award – 2009

Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award – 2007

Military Operations Research Society – 2002, 2003 Rist Prize for Best Article

Air Force Analytic Community – 1998 Field Grade Analyst of the Year

Military Operations Research Society – 1990, 1995 Barchi Prize for Symposium Article

Society of Cost Estimating & Analysis – 1994 Best at DoD's Cost Analysis Symposium

Strategic Air Command – 1989 Outstanding Intelligence Contributor

Defense Meritorious Service Medals – 1995, 1998, 2003

Meritorious Service Medals – 1989, 2001

Joint Service Achievement Medal – 1997

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society – 1996

Omega Rho Operations Research Honor Society – 1986

 Air Force Organizational Excellence Award for AF/A9 – 2018



31. Gallagher, Mark A., Daniel V. Hackman and Alisha Lad (2018), “Better Analysis Using the M&S Hierarchy,” Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation,15 (3), 279 - 288. https://doi.org/10.1177/1548512917752086

30. Gallagher, Mark A. and Donald L Allen (2017), “75 Years (1942-2017) of Operations Research in the United States Air Force,” Military Operations Research, 22 (4), 5-16.

29.  Boehmke, B.C., Jackson, R.A., Johnson, A.L, White, E.D., Weir, J.D. and Gallagher, M.A. (2017) "Measuring U.S. Air Force installation support activities via data envelopment analysis." Military Operations Research, 22 (1), 39-58. DOI: 10.5711/1082598322139.

28. Boehmke, B. C., Johnson, A. W., White, E. D., Weir, J. D., and Gallagher, M. A. "The influence of operational resources and activities on indirect personnel costs: A multilevel modeling approach." The Engineering Economist (2016): 1-24. Selected as the 2016 ASEE EED Grant Award Paper.

27. Boehmke, B.C., Johnson, A.W., White, E.D., Weir, J.D., and Gallagher, M.A. (2016). Tooth-to-Tail Impact Analysis: Combining Econometric Modeling and Bayesian Networks to Assess Support Cost Consequences Due to Changes in Force Structure. Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics, 9(1), 2-31.  DOI: 10.1080/1941658X.2016.1155186

26. Gallagher, Mark A., Douglas A. Boerman, Cameron A. MacKenzie, and David M. Blum. “Improving Risk Assessment Communication,” Military Operations Research, 21, no. 1, (2016): 5-20. DOI: 10.5711/1082598321105.

25. Gallagher, M.A. “Air Force Analytics for Decision Support."  Journal of Cyber Security and Information Systems 3, no. 3, (2015): 4-10.

24. Gallagher, Mark A., Kiel M. Martin, and Anna M. Perrin. "Alternative strategies: A systematic approach to generate strategy options." Technological Forecasting and Social Change 101 (2015): 328-337. DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2015.09.021.

23. Boehmke, Bradley C., Alan W. Johnson, Edward D. White, Jeffery D. Weir, and Mark A. Gallagher. "Bending the Cost Curve: Moving the Focus from Macro-level to Micro-level Cost Trends with Cluster Analysis." Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics 8, no. 2 (2015): 126-148. DOI: 10.1080/1941658X.2015.1064046.

22. Hefty, Kiley E., Thomas M. Dickey, Mark A. Gallagher, and Fred E. Garcia. "Modeling a nuclear detonation in a conventional campaign simulation." The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology 13, no. 1 (2015): 109-117. DOI: 10.1177/1548512915588571.

21. Hannan, Saiful, Mark A. Gallagher, and Anna M. Perrin. "Military Active and Reserve Component Mix: The Grey Space." Interfaces (2015). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/inte.2015.0795.

20. Gallagher, Mark A., David J. Caswell, Brian Hanlon, and Justin M. Hill. "Rethinking the Hierarchy of Analytic Models and Simulations for Conflicts." Military Operations Research 19, no. 4 (2014): 15-24. DOI: 10.57110.5711/11/1082598310825983194159415

19. Gallagher, Mark A., and Justin E. Sorice. "Considering Alternative Nuclear Targeting Strategies." Comparative Strategy 33, no. 5 (2014): 451-465. DOI: 10.1080/01495933.2014.962964.

18. Gallagher, Mark A., and Michael Horta. "Cyber joint munitions effectiveness manual (JMEM)." Modeling &Simulation Journal 8 (2013): 5-14.  Reprinted in American Intelligence Journal, 31, no. 1 (2014): 73-81.

17. Gallagher, Mark A., Gregory J. Ehlers, Wesley D. True, and Marc R. Warburton. "Defining Effects for Probabilistic Modeling." Military Operations Research 13, no. 4 (2008): 5-18.

16. Gallagher, Mark A., Anthony W. Snodgrass, and Gregory J. Ehlers. "Input-Output Modeling for Assessing Cascading Effects." Military Operations Research 10, no. 2 (2005): 5-17.

15. Porter, Paul H., and Mark A. Gallagher. "Revised R&D Budgets for Funding Postponements." The Journal of Cost Analysis & Management 6, no. 2 (2004): 58-78.

14. Gallagher, Mark A., and Philip Bud Whiteman. "Probability Distribution Function for Damage Expectancy." Military Operations Research 9, no. 3 (2004): 5-15.

13. Gallagher, Mark A., and Guenever LR Shariff. "Modeling Defense Budget Relationships with an Input-Output Model." The Journal of Cost Analysis & Management 6, no. 1 (2004): 1-11.

12. Unger, Eric J., Mark A. Gallagher, and Edward D. White III. "R&D Budget-Driven Cost and Schedule Overruns." The Journal of Cost Analysis & Management 6, no. 1 (2004): 80-97.

11. Snodgrass, Anthony W., Mark A. Gallagher, and Gregory A. McIntyre. "Modeling Military Strategic Effects with an Input-Output Metamodel." Military Operations Research 9, no. 1 (2004): 19-32.

10. Cullenbine, Christopher A., Mark A. Gallagher, and James T. Moore. "Assigning nuclear weapons with reactive tabu search." Military Operations Research 8, no. 1 (2003): 57-69.

9. Brown, Thomas W., Edward D. White, and Mark A. Gallagher. "Weibull-based Forecasting of R&D Program Budgets." The Journal of Cost Analysis & Management 4, no. 1 (2002): 41-54.

8. Gallagher, Mark A., Jeffery D. Weir, and Wesley D. True. "Relating weapon system test sizes to warfighting capability." Military Operations Research 3, no. 3 (1997): 5-12.

7. Gallagher, Mark A. "Approximation of the Cost Effect from Business Base Changes." The Journal of Cost Analysis 14, no. 2 (1997): 109-119.

6. Lee, David A., Michael R. Hogue, and Mark A. Gallagher. "Determining a budget profile from a R&D cost estimate." The Journal of Cost Analysis 14, no. 2 (1997): 29-41.

5. Gallagher, Mark A., and David A. Lee. "Final-Cost Estimates for Research & Development Programs Conditioned on Realized Costs." Military Operations Research 2, no. 2 (1996): 51-65.

4. Gallagher, Mark A., Kenneth W. Bauer Jr, and Peter S. Maybeck. "Initial data truncation for univariate output of discrete-event simulations using the Kalman filter." Management Science 42, no. 4 (1996): 559-575.

3. Gallagher, Mark A., Kenneth W. Bauer Jr, and Peter S. Maybeck. "Initial data truncation for multivariate output of discrete-event simulations using the Kalman filter." Annals of Operations Research 53, no. 1 (1994): 419-441.

2. Gallagher, Mark A., and Elizabeth J. Kelly. "A new methodology for military force structure analysis." Operations research 39, no. 6 (1991): 877-885.

1. Gallagher, Mark A., and Albert H. Moore. "Robust minimum-distance estimation using the 3-parameter Weibull distribution." Reliability, IEEE Transactions on 39, no. 5 (1990): 575-580.

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