Research and Analysis at SORD
SORD produces forward-thinking and timely research, analysis, and gaming that anticipates future operational and strategic challenges. We develop and assess strategic and operational concepts to overcome challenges by providing analytical products that inform the Navy’s leadership and help shape key decisions.
Regional Areas of Focus
Our regional areas of focus include Eurasia, the Indo-Asia-Pacific, and the greater Middle East. Faculty members not only possess in-country experience and historical knowledge, but also facility in critical languages such as Russian, German, French, Chinese, and Japanese.
We are home to several research centers and institutions that dive deeper into issues of interest to the Navy:
Advanced Research Programs
Faculty-led special advanced research programs also call our department home. These groups offer domestic students a chance to participate in gaming, research, and other real-world scenarios pertaining to strategy, planning, and operations.
Gravely Group Click to Open
Named for Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr., this year-long graduate research program is dedicated to innovative, emerging naval and joint warfare technologies and concepts. Explore Program
Halsey Alfa Click to Open
This faculty/student program focuses on the tactical and operational level of war at the classified level. Participants use operations analysis and free-play wargaming to examine high-intensity conventional warfare scenarios. Explore Program
Halsey Bravo Click to Open
Students work together in a potential scenario where an opponent is trying to establish and maintain sea control. Analysis of this challenge is conducted at the classified, tactical level, and results are shared with the chief of naval operations. Explore Program
Holloway Click to Open
This program is a collaborative student/faculty research effort that uses military operations research, free-play wargaming, and open-source Russian-language research to conduct detailed studies of high-intensity conventional warfare. Explore Program
Mahan Scholars Click to Open
Focus is on the nuclear environment, including discussing deterrence as a strategy and reviewing current debates in this realm. Students participate in a nuclear wargame scenario and complete an independent research paper. Explore Program
Strategic & Operational Research Department Faculty
Our experienced and renowned faculty have years of earned expertise across a wide range of naval and educational topics. To learn more, please use the link below to access the online directory.Visit Faculty