Author profile: Harvey M. Sapolsky

Harvey M. Sapolsky

Harvey M. Sapolsky is Professor of Public Policy and Organization, Emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former Director of the MIT Security Studies Program. 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 a number of government commissions and study groups. His most recent books are US Defense Politics written with Eugene Gholz and Caitlin Talmadge and US Military Innovation Since the Cold War edited with Benjamin Friedman and Brendan Green, both published by Routledge.

Predictions for 2013

Predictions for 2013

It’s that time of year when the illusion of insight is replaced by the illusion of foresight in bloggers everywhere. Attempts to make lists like this one longer or shorter than 10 fail, so in that spirit, let’s get on with it!

The Petraeus Scandal

The Petraeus Scandal

David Petraeus was thought to be a possible Republican US presidential or vice presidential candidate. This affair has ruined such opportunities, but it will not stop him from being part of the discussion of future national security issues.

No Turkish Syrian War

No Turkish Syrian War

Turkey will not be an instrument by which the Assad regime is deposed. It will neither directly attack the Assad government nor be the leader of an intervening coalition. If there is intervention, it will have to be an American initiative.

BAE/EADS Merger is a Mistake

BAE/EADS Merger is a Mistake

BAE Systems is trying to tie up with Airbus’ parent, EADS, to create the world’s largest aerospace company. This merger may yield several problems for the airliner and defence industries.

An Attack on Iran: Four ‘No Ways’ and One ‘Maybe’

An Attack on Iran: Four ‘No Ways’ and One ‘Maybe’

The US is broke, the military is focused on new horizons, and international condemnation on an Israeli preventive action will be overwhelming for the US. Hence, short of an Iranian act of aggression, war is unlikely.

Review – Contemporary Military Innovation

Review – Contemporary Military Innovation

The key to this excellent collection of essays on military planning and practice in the modern era is in the subtitle: anticipation and adaptation.

Obama is Overpromising the Wrong Things

Obama is Overpromising the Wrong Things

Fixing America’s debt problem, repairing its infrastructure, and re-training the workforce for a modern economy would prove popular. If only someone would make those promises.

No Brakes

No Brakes

As with America’s war in Afghanistan, there now can be wars without end thanks to a professional military, new technology, and a changing politics of party competition.

The Shift to the Pacific

The Shift to the Pacific

America will find more ways to project more power from a distance and less reasons to be constantly on scene. It is a slow walk home, not a major change.

MORE THAN TEN MONTHS TO GO

The US presidential election is more than ten months off and it is going to be, to borrow a phrase from the unloved Donald Rumsfeld, a long, hard slog to get there. The Republican nominee is yet to emerge from the messy competition that began months ago and seems likely to stretch on for months more.

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