M. Wade Markel

Associate Director, Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Political Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in history, Harvard University; M.A. in history, Harvard University; B.S. in history, US Mil Academy at West Point


M. Wade Markel is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, associate director of the RAND Arroyo Center's Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program, and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on the interaction between military institutions and operational effectiveness. Specific areas of interest include officer personnel management policies' impact on tactical leadership, the development of military expertise, institutional adaptation, and military force development. He joined RAND after retiring from the U.S. Army after 20 years as an infantry officer and strategist. Markel received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.

Recent Projects

  • Assessing the Cost of Army Strategic Readiness
  • Developing a Strategic Framework for Army Regeneration
  • Improving the Army's Marketing for Recruitment, Hiring and Retention of DA Civilians in Critical Occupations
  • Enhancing the ARFORGEN Cost Tool (ACT)
  • Generating Force Requirements and Resourcing

Selected Publications

M. Wade Markel, Bryan W. Hallmark, Peter Schirmer, Louay Constant, Jaime Hastings, Henry A. Leonard, Kristin J. Leuschner, Lauren A. Mayer, Caolionn O'Connell, Christina Panis, Jose Rodriguez, Lisa Saum-Manning, Jonathan Welch, A Preliminary Assessment of the Regionally Aligned Forces (RAF) Concept's Implications for Army Personnel Management, RAND (RR-1065-A), 2015

M. Wade Markel, Stuart E. Johnson, Carolyn Chu, David C. Gompert, Duncan Long, Anny Wong, How Much Will Be Enough? Assessing Changing Defense Strategies' Implications for Army Resource Requirements, RAND (RR-160-A), 2014

David E. Johnson, M. Wade Markel, Brian Shannon, The 2008 Battle of Sadr City Reimagining Urban Combat, RAND (RR-160-A), 2014

M. Wade Markel, Henry A. Leonard, Charlotte Lynch, Christina Panis, Peter Schirmer, Carra S. Sims, Developing U.S. Army Officers' Capabilities for Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational Environments, RAND (MG-990-A), 2011

David E. Johnson, Jennifer D. P. Moroney, Roger Cliff, M. Wade Markel, Laurence Smallman, Michael Spirtas, Preparing and Training for the Full Spectrum of Military Challenges: Insights from the Experiences of China, France, the United Kingdom, India, and Israel, RAND (MG-836-OSD), 2009

M. Wade Markel, "The Limits of American Generalship: The JCS' Strategic Advice in Early Cold War Crises, 1950-1964," Parameters, 2008

M. Wade Markel, "Draining the Swamp: The British Strategy of Population Control," Parameters, 2006

M. Wade Markel, "Winning Our Own Hearts and Minds: Promotion in Wartime," Military Review, 2004