The Research and Analysis Center (TRAC), a federal laboratory that falls under the leadership of Army Futures Command, has paved the way for greater military insights into mission-related operational concepts and capabilities since 1993.

This year, members of TRAC were considered for various research awards granted by the Military Operations Research Society (MORS), including the David Rist Prize, which celebrates exemplary, operations-focused research in the national security field.

The prestigious award is named in honor of Mr. David Rist, an early director of MORS.

To qualify, individuals or teams must have conducted work or studies with practical applications that have the capacity to positively augment “real-life” decision-making.

Army Futures Command is proud to share that MORS recently recognized four contenders at TRAC for their exceptional work in the areas of strategic fires, tactical intelligence targeting, intelligence analysis and research leadership.

MORS awarded the David Rist Prize for best implemented study to a TRAC team led by Maj. Michael Miller for the Strategic Fires Study, which identified new ways for the Army to address operational and strategic targets with long-range fires.

TRAC also received a Rist Prize honorable mention from MORS for its research on tactical intelligence targeting systems, specifically an analysis of artificial intelligence-enabled sensor capabilities.

MORS awarded the Clayton J. Thomas Award to Ms. Pamela Blechinger, TRAC’s Director, for her outstanding and long-term technical contributions to the defense research profession, and the Wayne P. Hughes, Jr. Award to Maj. Sean Clement for his highly impactful work as a research analyst, including his development of a cloud-based framework for future combat vehicle decision support.

Headquartered in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, TRAC conducts operations analysis to inform decisions in support of joint and Army concept development, organizational design, capabilities development and materiel acquisition.

TRAC researchers, scientists and technologists also harness and expand upon lessons learned from a range of military operations, adapting them to a future-oriented defense context.