Elizabeth M. Bartels

Elizabeth M. Bartels
Policy Researcher
she/her

Education

Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in political science, MIT; B.A. in political science, University of Chicago

Overview

Elizabeth (Ellie) M. Bartels is a policy researcher focused on defense issues. Her work explores a wide range of strategic and operational concerns, including defense planning, force development, special operations, and long-term competition. She also has a methodological focus on gaming and related approaches to expert elicitation. Prior to joining RAND, Bartels was a senior associate at Caerus Associates and a research analyst at the National Defense University's gaming center. 

Commentary

  • Wargaming

    Wargames as an Educational Tool

    The benefits of games for military education are well documented. But harnessing the potential of games to foster innovation may require a commitment to sustain gaming over the years needed to explore a problem space and develop and stress-test new ideas.

    Feb 8, 2021

    The Forge

  • Wargaming

    Wargaming the Department of Defense for Strategic Advantage

    Defense acquisition, personnel, and management systems have long been seen as areas in need of reform, as costs and man-hours continue to increase over the years. Gaming new policies that govern these areas can offer early insights into potential stumbling blocks and provide leaders valuable feedback on decisions before major costs are incurred.

    Aug 3, 2020

    War Room

  • Wargaming

    Building a Pipeline of Wargaming Talent: A Two-Track Solution

    How does the Department of Defense imagine the future of war and make long-term investments to confront the challenges ahead? On issues ranging from potential conflicts with Russia to the future of transportation and logistics, senior leaders have increasingly turned to wargames to imagine potential futures.

    Nov 15, 2018

    War on the Rocks

  • Missile Defense

    Is Iron Dome a Poisoned Chalice? Strategic Risks from Tactical Success

    While Iron Dome's past success in defending Israel makes it a tempting solution to future challenges, it does have shortcomings. This becomes even more serious when considering using the system in Korea, where the threat posed is substantially greater, and the targeted terrain substantially harder to defend.

    Nov 29, 2017

    The Strategy Bridge

  • Wargaming

    Adding Shots on Target: Wargaming Beyond the Game

    Figuring out what the future may look like—and what concepts and technology we should invest in now to prepare—is hard. How can the wargaming community build a cycle of research to help understand what these paths might be?

    Oct 9, 2017

    War on the Rocks

  • Wargaming

    Getting the Most Out of Your Wargame: Practical Advice for Decisionmakers

    While some famous historical cases offer a compelling narrative of what wargames can be at their best and worst, they cannot illustrate the full range of contemporary wargaming that leaders should strive to achieve. A better understanding of how wargames can be helpful — or how they can backfire — is critical.

    Jan 26, 2016

    War on the Rocks

Publications