Harvey Sapolsky | People

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 earned 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 routines 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, and the Department of Energy. He is currently involved in several projects. He is working on a history and critique of the US National Military Command Structure which divides responsibility within Washington and between Washington and field commanders. It lies at the heart of civil/military relations. He is also exploring the crash program to answer the IED asymmetric threat which took the form of the Joint Improvised Explosive Devise Defeat Organization. As always, he remains interested in US defense politics, military innovation and the structure of the defense industry.



Publications|Selected Publications

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

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.

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Review Essay 34 on Harold Brown: Offsetting the Soviet Military Challenge, 1977-1981," H-Diplo | ISSF Review Essay 34, November 7, 2017.

Harvey M. Sapolsky, Reports of Saving the Pentagon $125 Billion Are Just Fake News, The National Interest, December 12, 2016.

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Managing Global Security Beyond 'Pax Americana'," in Stephen McGlinchey, ed., International Relations, E-IR Foundations, December 2016.

Harvey M. Sapolsky, Why Primacy Is a Bad Strategy for America, The National Interest, September 5, 2016.

Harvey M. Sapolsky and Elizabeth Barnes, Move to the North Atlantic's First Island Chain, niskancenter.org, August 15, 2016.

Harvey M. Sapolsky and Elizabeth S. Barnes, Warsaw: NATO's Theater of the Absurd, nationalinterest.org, July 8, 2016. 

Harvey M. Sapolsky, Gonzo Plans for the Army, niskanencenter.org, May 10, 2016.

Harvey M. Sapolsky, U.S. Navy Ships Shouldn't Be Floating Billboards for Democrats, nationalinterest.org, April 26, 2016.