Harvey M. Sapolsky

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 major 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.

Selected Articles

  • Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Security Studies and Security Policy: An American Perspective," in Robert Denemark et.al., eds. The International Studies Compendium Project, (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).
  • Harvey Sapolsky, "Recognizing Our Advantages," in Beyond Bullets: Strategies for Countering Violent Extremism, Center for a New American Security, Solarium Strategy Series, June 2009.
  • Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Models for Governing Large Systems Projects," in Organizing for a Complex World: Developing Tomorrow's Defense and Net-Centric Systems, Guy Ben-Ari and Pierre A. Chao, Eds., CSIS, 2009.
  • Harvey M. Sapolsky, "The U.S. Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile Program and Finite Deterrence" (pdf, 123 KB, pp. 18)
  • Eugene Gholz, Daryl G. Press, Harvey M. Sapolsky, "The Road Home" (pdf, 85 KB, pp. 21)
  • Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Targeting Polaris" in Henry Sokolski, ed., Getting MAD (Carlisle PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2004).
  • Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Inventing Systems Integration" in Andrea Prencipe and Andrew Davies, eds., The Business of Systems Management (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003) (pdf, 122KB)
  • Harvey M. Sapolsky, " The Science and Politics of Defense Analysis" in Ham Cravens, ed., The Social Sciences Go to Washington (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2003)
  • Harvey M. Sapolsky, "War Needs A Warning Label," Breakthroughs, Spring 2003. (pdf, 1556KB)