Darrin L. Whaley

Senior Principal Analyst

Mr. Whaley has 31 years of experience as an operations research analyst and Marine Corps artillery officer. As an analyst, Mr. Whaley has applied a wide array of analytical techniques to a diverse set of challenges. He has applied optimization techniques to military installations sustainment, tactical fuel distribution networks, military recruiting, training, manpower, equipment fielding, shipboard voyage planning, transportation networks, and tactical power generation networks. Mr. Whaley has applied Bayesian network modeling to estimate electro-optical satellite accomplishment of imagery collection needs. He has applied combat modeling to Analysis of Alternatives for equipment procurement. Mr. Whaley has applied multi-objective decision analysis to theater security cooperation, alternative combat system benefit comparison, procurement quantity benefit comparison, Analysis of Alternatives for ground and satellite equipment procurement, ranking intelligence priorities, and an Army-wide equipping process comparison. He utilized statistical modeling and data analysis to develop combat system requirements, compare armored protection provided by fielded combat vehicles, and develop energy consumption models for Navy ships. He applied multiple analytical methods in a capabilities-based assessment and gap analysis to develop capability requirements for the naval concept for Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. Mr. Whaley has applied physics-based modeling to associate fuel consumption with shipboard components to enable cost-benefit analysis among prospective energy savings alternatives. He developed a suite of data collection and processing tools to guide energy data collection activities and analyze results. Mr. Whaley has applied cost modeling to estimate costs associated with the Navy Fire & Emergency Services program, manpower, personnel equipping and training, software development, and transportation of equipment items. He has developed service-level cross-domain metrics to guide the management of a military service branch. Mr. Whaley’s Marine Corps career included combat duty in Operations DESERT STORM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM.


M.S., Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School, 2001
B.S., Ocean Engineering, United States Naval Academy, 1989

Selected Publications and Presentations

Aebischer, D. et al., “Bayesian Networks for U.S. Army Electronics Equipment Diagnostic Applications: CECOM Equipment Diagnostic Analysis Tool, Virtual Logistics Assistance Representative”. Presented to 2016 Institute for Operations Research and Management Science Business Analytics and Operations Research Conference Edelman Award Competition, Orlando, FL, April 2016.

Whaley, D. L., Analytics Support to Military Sealift Command Energy Auditing. Presented to 81st Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Alexandria, VA, June 2013.

Whaley, D. L.;Bowman, K.; Heckert, D.; Broadwater, W., Networking On-The-Move

Analysis of Alternatives. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA, March 2010.

Zaffram, C.; Whaley, D.; Jennings, L.; Landry, P.; Miller, S., Estimation of Marine Infantry Rifle Squad Load Weight. Presented to 73rd Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Westpoint, NY, June 2005.

Whaley, D. L., Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle Acquisition Objective Study. Studies and Analysis Division, Quantico, VA, April 2004.

Lepson, M. and Whaley, D., Assessment of USMC Horn of Africa Theater Security Cooperation. Presented to 70th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Leavenworth, KS, June 2002.

Whaley, D. L., Scheduling the Recruiting and MOS Training of Enlisted Marines. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, September 2001.