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If you think that defense policy analysis and operations research are engineering then you are revealing your own ignorance and you are illustrating why people should not comment on areas they don't understand.
Operations research is a staple of Industrial Engineering undergraduate programs. †At least it was when I was an IE student 20 years ago.
Operations Research is an analytical discipline that is distinct from engineering. It is indeed used in support of engineering but it is also used in support of management and policy analysis. As a group, operations researchers do not claim to be engineers. See: Operations Research: The Science of Better
I did some Operational Research and Industrial Engineering (ORIE) courses at Cornell. Lots of supply chain, Linear programming, Fisher-Pry, manufacturing strategy... all good stuff. I are not an engineer, though.
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