Our expertise helps ensure that people remain the most enduring source of the Army’s competitive advantage.


Our research resulted in promotion and selection board changes that will improve equitable outcomes for the Army’s talented people.


OEMA created and delivered a regulated job market system that matches new Army officers to career fields where they are most likely to thrive.

Strategically adept

OEMA’s organization design and development expertise helped the Army to create its first-ever People Strategy.

Disciplined Inquiry. Actionable Insights.

Founded in 1983 by General Maxwell Thurman, the Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis, or OEMA, is a Department of the Army research agency co-located with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. OEMA is a highly expert, multidisciplinary innovation team of soldiers and civilians who teach, publish, and conduct disciplined inquiry to help senior leaders create the Army of tomorrow. In particular, we conduct program evaluation, policy analysis, and problem-solving research to improve existing people programs and to deliver innovative new ones to the Army.

Disruptive Thinking

We use sound research science to help Army leaders make better people decisions.

Our Research Focus

In its early years, OEMA focused on helping to recruit and retain Soldiers for the all-volunteer Army that emerged in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Over time, however, our portfolio grew to include a broad range of people-related program and policy areas. Today OEMA works to create innovative new people paradigms across the Army’s talent management lifecycle areas: Acquire, Develop, Employ, and Retain. Our research has led to a variety of new Army people innovations, all designed to improve organizational performance and drive Army strategy execution.

Our Clients

While the Army is our number one client, we provide analytical support to a variety of government agencies, to include the Department of Defense, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and others.