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Professor of Public Policy and Organization, Emeritus


HARVEY M. SAPOLSKY is Professor of Public Policy and Organization, Emeritus, and former Director of the MIT Security Studies Program. Professor Sapolsky completed his BA at Boston University and a MPA and PhD (Political Economy and Government) at Harvard University. He has worked in a number of public policy areas, including health, science, and defense, and specializes in analyzing the effects of institutional structures and bureaucratic politics on policy outcomes. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. In the defense field he has served as a consultant or panel member for the Commission on Government Procurement, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of Naval Research, the Naval War College, the U. S. Army, Draper Laboratory, the RAND Corporation, John Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory, the National Research Council, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. As always, he remains interested in US defense politics, military innovation, the structure of the defense industry, and the strategy of Restraint.



Publications|Selected Publications

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "The defense innovation machine: Why the U.S. will remain on the cutting edge," Journal of Strategic Studies Vol. 44, No. 3 (2021) (With Eugene Gholz)

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Beware of Latvians Bearing Gifts," The National Interest, August 9, 2020

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Defund the Europeans," Defense One, June 19, 2020 (With Benjamin H. Friedman)

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Many Lines of Defense: The Political Economy of US Defense Acquisition," Journal of Global Security Studies, April 7, 2020 (With Eugene Gholz)

Harvey M. Sapolsky, Continuity and change in a Second Cold War," China International Strategy Review Vol. 1, No. 2 (2019)

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Time to Pull US Nuclear Weapons Out of Turkey," Defense One, May 17, 2019

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Review--Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World's Sole Superpower," E-International Relations, April 25, 2019

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Finding the Space to Fight," in Policy Roundtable: Does America Need a Space Force?" Texas National Security Review, September 18, 2018

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Calm Down, Folks: Enemies Still Fear US Military Tech Innovation," Defense One, May 17, 2018 (With Eugene Gholz)

Harvey M. Sapolsky, “The Very Healthy US Defense Innovation System,” in China Research Brief, May 5, 2018 (With Eugene Gholz) 

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Review Essay 38 on Jessica L. Adler, Burdens of  War: Creating the United States Veterans Health System," H-Diplo | ISSF Review Essay 38, February 7, 2018

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Quoted in "4 Options for U.S. Grand Strategy Going Forward," Notre Dame Department of Political Science, October 26, 2022.