M. Wade Markel

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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. His research focuses on assessing the fiscal and human resources needed to support alternative institutional strategies. Recently, he has focused on estimating the costs and value of readiness relative to other potential investments. 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
  • Enhancing Army Capabilities for Assessing Cost and Performance at the Strategic Level
  • Assessing the Value of Readiness
  • Developing a Strategic Framework for Army Regeneration
  • Generating Force Requirements and Resourcing

Selected Publications

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

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

Shanthi Nataraj, M.Wade Markel, Jaime L. Hastings, Eric V. Larson, Jill E. Luoto, Christopher E. Maerzluft, Craig A. Myatt, Bruce R. Orvis, Christina Panis, Michael H. Powell, Jose R. Rodriguez, Tiffany Tsai, Evaluating the Army's Ability to Regenerate, The RAND Corporation (RR-1637), 2017

Craig A. Bond, M. Wade Markel, Olesya Tkacheva, Richard E. Darilek, Robert G. Fix, Bryan W. Hallmark, Henry A. Leonard, Duncan Long, Todd Nichols, A Stated Preference Analysis of the Determinants of Unit and Soldier Operational Effectiveness, The RAND Corporation (RR-1745-A), 2019