Gregory S. Parnell

Executive Principal Analyst

Dr. Parnell is a Research Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas and is the Director of the M.S. in Operations Management (the university’s largest graduate program) and M.S in Engineering Management programs.  He is also a principal and board member with Innovative Decisions Inc. His research focuses on decision and risk analysis.  He is a fellow of the International Committee for Systems Engineering, the Institute for Operations Research /Management Science, the Military Operations Research Society, and the Society for Decision Professionals. He has served as President of the Decision Analysis Society of the Institute for Operations Research/Management Science (INFORMS), President of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS), and editor of the Military Operations Research journal. His awards include the Decision Analysis Society Frank P. Ramsey Medal (2014) distinguished contributions to the field of decision analysis, the MORS Wanner Award (2013), and the MORS Thomas Award (2002). He previously taught at the West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Air Force Institute of Technology.  He is a retired Air Force Colonel.


Ph.D., Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1985
M.S., Systems Management, University of Southern California, 1980
M.E., Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Florida, 1974
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1970

Selected Publications and Presentations

Parnell, G. S., Editor, Trade-off Analytics: Creating and Evaluating the Tradespace, Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management, Wiley & Sons, 2017

Parnell, G.S., Bresnick, T.A., Tani, S.N., and Johnson, E.R., Decision Analysis Handbook, Wiley & Sons, Operations Research/Management Science Handbook Series, 2013.

Parnell, G. S., Driscoll, P. J., and Henderson D. L., Editors, 2nd Edition, Decision Making for Systems Engineering and Management, Wiley Series in Systems Engineering, Wiley & Sons Inc., 2011.

Parnell, G., Butler, R., Wichmann, S., Tedeschi, M., & Merritt, D., Air Force Cyberspace Investment Analysis, Decision Analysis, Vol 12, No 2, 2015, pp. 81–95

Merrick, J. and Parnell, G., A Comparative Analysis of PRA and Intelligent Adversary Methods for Counterterrorism Risk Management, Risk Analysis, Vol 31, No 9, 2011, pp. 1488-1510.

Parnell, G.S., Smith, C. M., Moxley, F. I., Intelligent Adversary Risk Analysis: A Bioterrorism Risk Management Model, Risk Analysis, January 2010, pp 32-48.

Dillon-Merrill, R. L., Parnell, G. S., and Buckshaw, D. L., Logic Trees: Fault, Success, Attack, Event, Probability, and Decision Trees, Wiley Handbook Of Science & Technology for Homeland Security, John G. Voeller, Editor, Forthcoming 2008.

Parnell, G. S., Chapter 19, Value-Focused Thinking Using Multiple Objective Decision Analysis, Methods for Conducting Military Operational Analysis: Best Practices in Use Throughout the Department of Defense, Military Operations Research Society, Editors Andrew Loerch and Larry Rainey, 2007.

Parnell, G., Dillon-Merrill, R., and Bresnick, T.  Integrating Risk Management with Security and Anti-terrorism Resource Allocation Decision Making, McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook. 2006.

Ewing, P., Tarantino, W., and Parnell G., “Use of Decision Analysis in the Army Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 Military Value Analysis,” Decision Analysis Journal, Vol 3, No1, March 2006, pp. 33-49.