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Solving Complex Operational and Organizational Problems

Dr. Dean S. Hartley III, Principal

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My business is solving problems, your problems. If your problems are complex and mix operational and technical issues with doctrinal, human and political issues, then you need robust solutions, rather than fragile optimizations. You need rapidly developed, well written, persuasive recommendations for action. If you don't want a cast of thousands but want someone who can work alone or with others on your team, then consider Hartley Consulting.

I have been solving problems for customers for more than fifty years: two years while in college, five years while in graduate school, four years while on active duty in the Army, nine years in private industry, fifteen years at the Oak Ridge Federal Facilities, and now more than twenty years as a private consultant.

Most of my work with the U.S. government has been as a subcontractor. This allows me to concentrate on your problem, not on the administrative requirements of dealing directly with the government.

Your problem is probably either unique or close enough to unique that you have not found a "canned solution." You are interested in Hartley Consulting, because that is the kind of problem I solve.  The rest of this page and the other pages in the website are designed to let you see the diversity of projects for which I have provided solutions.  You may find one that resembles your problem.

Contact Hartley Consulting. I can help you with your problems.

Dr. Dean S. Hartley III - 2014


Keyword Shortcuts

ORMS Techniques

Analysis of messy data
Data collection
Decision analysis
Dynamic programming
Experimental design
Financial analysis
Game theory
Inventory control
Lanchester theory
Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP)
Markov chains
Modeling, Simulation & Gaming (MSG)
Network analyses
Organizational structure
Queuing theory
Risk analysis
Search theory
Statistical inference
Threat assessment

Computer Issues

Agent Based Modeling
Artificial intelligence
Collaborative computing
Computer hardware issues
Configuration management
Data Verification & Validation
Database design
Distributed analysis
Documentation standards
Expert systems
Geographic mapping
Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V)
Information storage and retrieval
Knowledge Management (KM)
Model/System integration
Sensitivity analysis
Software issues
Software reuse
Verification, Validation & Accreditation (VV&A)
Virtual environment
Web design

Military Issues

Classification issues
Cognitive Superiority
Command and Control (C2, C3I, C4ISR)
Consequence Management
Geopolitical analysis
Global War on Terrorism (GWOT)
Historical combat data research
Historical validation of attrition algorithms
Human factors
Human, Social, Cultural Behavior (HSCB) Modeling
Impact analysis
Irregular Warfare (IW)
Logistics issues
Military study process
Operations Other Than War (OOTW)
Stability Operations (SASO, SSTR)
Transportation issues
Vulnerability analysis
Warfare modeling

Other Keywords

Chemical kinetics
Computer color matching
Energy storage
Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H)
Industrial issues
Legal issues
Magnetic Levitation
Psychopharmacology algorithms
Science, Math and Medicine
Space Travel
2018 Best of Oak Ridge
Operations Research (OR) is the "Science of Better," the discipline of modeling complex problems to make better decisions. Whether problems are industrial, governmental, or scientific, Hartley Consulting has experience applying operations research to help clients make better decisions.
Hartley Consulting is a registered small business and can contract directly with private organizations or can serve as a subcontractor to other contractors. Contracts are generally defined on a project basis and billing is based on labor hours, travel, and materials. Rates, security clearance, DUNS number, and CAGE code are available upon request.  See the Doing Business page for more information.
If you have operational problems, contact Hartley Consulting.


The project pages of this website consist of short descriptions of numerous projects. These projects represent the application of technical expertise and experience to real problems of real organizations. The sponsoring organizations are noted in the descriptions. You may find elements of your problems in one or more of these projects.

I have supported more than twenty different clients, many on multiple projects. Most of the clients have been within the Department of Defense. I have also supported clients within the Departments of Justice, Commerce and Energy. In addition, I have supported NATO and both for-profit and non-profit corporations.

Thirty-two of the short descriptions are linked to more extensive descriptions or examples. The page describing the requirements for analytical tools to support Operations Other Than War (OOTW) is linked to a multi-page description, which provides a partial description of the project results.

Over the years, I have been involved in multiple projects in some areas.  OOTW  has been one of these areas.  OOTW is also known as Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW), Stability and Support Operations (SASO), Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) Operations. The social theory basis is known as Human, Social, Cultural Behavior (HSCB) modeling.  The technical approach is known as Diplomatic, Informational, Military, Economic / Political, Military, Economic, Societal, Information, Infrastructure (DIME/PMESII) modeling.  Ontologies support the description of the domain.  Verification and Validation (V&V), historical combat research, and psychopharmacology algorithms have also been major areas of continuing work.

The keyword shortcuts in the sidebar to the left permit access to potential areas of interest, with links to projects addressing that area. The range of topics indicates the multi-disciplinary nature of typical OR projects. Although some of the topics have been relevant for only one or two projects, many have been significant parts of numerous projects.

The thumbnails to the right and below are examples of products from seven different projects, with links provided to descriptions of the projects.

Modeling Attrition



Independent V&V: TAC CONTENDER


Ontology Book

Independent V&V: SIMNET



I created Hartley Consulting in mid-2001 and serve as its Principal. (The picture to the right was taken some time ago. Now I look more like the picture at the top of the page and the second picture in this section.  However, I like the picture of a younger me, so I'm keeping it.)

Until mid-2001, I was Senior Member of the Research Staff at the Department of Energy Oak Ridge facilities and Senior Scientist of the Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Gaming in the Advanced Computing Technologies (ACT) Division. I joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1986, working in the Energy Division, at that time managed and operated by Martin Marietta Energy Systems. My group moved to DSRD at the K-25 Plant under Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, then moved to Corporate control. Later we moved to the Y-12 Plant and changed the division name to ACT.

I worked at Milliken & Co., a textile firm, from 1977 to 1986. I started in middle management in the Operations Research Department, staying for two years, moved into Production Planning for several years, and then spent two years in Marketing, applying OR in each position.

I served four years active duty in the Army (1973-1977) and several years in the reserves. A Vietnam Veteran, I completed the Signal Officer Basic Course and the Signal Officer Advanced Course. My active duty station was at the Command and Control Technical Center (CCTC, later renamed JDSSC) in the Pentagon, supporting The Joint Staff's combat modeling activities.

During college and graduate school, I also worked:  as research assistant at the Psychometric Laboratory, UNC (1966), as polymer chemistry lab technician at Deering Milliken Research Corporation (1966-1968), as Mathematics Department Head at Milliken Electronics (1968), and as consultant to the Physics Department at Deering Milliken Research Corporation (1968-1970).

More details are available on the education and work history page.

Dean S. Hartley III


  • Ph.D., mathematics (piecewise linear topology), University of Georgia, 1973.
  • A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, mathematics and foreign languages, Wofford College, 1968.


Author of several books and chapters:

... at work

Also published in Operations Research, Naval Research Logistics, Military Operations Research, Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science, Information Technology and Libraries, The Encyclopedia of Operations Research, Psychopharmacology Bulletin, Psychiatric Annals, Phalanx, OR/MS Today, and numerous conference proceedings.

See Selected Publications for papers, presentations, and software.


  • The Clayton J. Thomas Award from MORS in 2022.
  • 2020 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Listed in Marquis Who's Who Top Scientists.
  • 2018, 2019 and 2020 Best of Oak Ridge Awards in the category of Business Management Consultant.
  • The J. Steinhardt Prize for lifetime achievement in Military Operations Research in 2013.
  • The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Certificate of Appreciation as Director and Vice President, 2003.
  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Award for Outstanding Achievement, 2002.
  • The Military Applications Society (MAS) President's Award, 2001, 2002.
  • The Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Expert Associate Editor Award, 1999, and Certificate of Appreciation as Director, 1999.
  • The Koopman Prize for best publication in military operations research in 1994.
  • The Lockheed Martin Energy Systems President's Award, 1995; the Martin Marietta Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award, 1993, 1995; the ETSD Writing Award, 1992; and two ETSD Significant Achievement Awards.
  • The Milliken & Co. Production Planning Award, 1986.
  • The Joint Services Commendation Medal, 1977, and the Defense Communications Agency Meritorious Service Award, 1977.
  • The Boy Scout Eagle Rank, 1963.


  • Military Operations Research Society (MORS): Board of Directors, 2017 - 2021, Associate Director 2021-2022, Board of Directors 1995 - 1999, Associate Director 1999-2000.
  • International Psychopharmacology Algorithm Project (IPAP): Advisory Group, 1995 - 2023.
  • Rose Community Development: International Operations Research Advisor, 2009 - Present.
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Oak Ridge, TN:  Vestry, 2016 - 2018, Chairman of the Finance Committee, 2016 - 2018.
  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS): Vice President, 2003; Board of Directors, 2001-2003; Board of Directors: 1996-1997.
  • Military Applications Society (MAS) of INFORMS: President, 1993 - 1995; Vice President, 1991 - 1993; Council Member, 1989 - 1991.


  • Co-Chair and Treasurer of The Power of Synergy Symposium, October 23-25, 2018.
  • Owner of the DIME/PMESII, HSCB, and IW Group on LinkedIn and the associated Community of Interest Website.
  • Owner of the International Psychopharmacology Algorithm Project (IPAP) Group on LinkedIn, with an associated Website.
  • Past Associate Editor of the journal Military Operations Research and reviewer for other journals, such as Interfaces, Operations Research, Naval Research Logistics, and the Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation.
  • Deliver lectures at colloquia for math students at the University of Georgia, 2009, and Wofford College, 2019.
  • Member of the NATO SAS-026 Panel "NATO Code of Best Practice (COBP) for C2 Assessment," 1999-2002. This panel was chaired within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (C3I) Command and Control Research Program (CCRP).
  • Integration Chair for the 1997 International Psychopharmacology Algorithm Project (IPAP) Electronic Conference. Technical Chair of the 2000 IPAP Beijing Conference. Continuing member of the IPAP Advisory Group.
  • Program Chair for ELECSIM 1997.
  • Expert Panelist on Verification, Validation and Accreditation in Distributed Interactive Simulation for the TMSA Conference on synthetic environments, 1994, 1995, 1996.


  • Senior Fellow with the George Mason University (GMU) School of Public Policy, Peace Operations Policy Program (POPP).
  • Consulting resource for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Modeling, Virtual Environments & Simulation (MOVES) Institute.
  • Research Fellow with the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Center for the Management of Science and Technology (CMOST).



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