M. Wade Markel

M. Wade Markel
Director, Forces and Logistics 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 the director of the Forces and Logistics program in RAND Arroyo Center, and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on aligning human, materiel and fiscal resources with alternative institutional strategies. Specific topics of recent interest include estimating the appropriate size for the Army's generating force, aligning modernization and equipping resources with the Army's modernization strategy, and evaluating the impact of alternative resource plans on Army strategic capability. Markel has also investigated recruitment and marketing to attract quality Department of the Army Civilians, career development for the security cooperation workforce, and professional development for U.S. Army officers in different strategic contexts. 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

  • Enhancing Army Capabilities for Assessing Cost and Performance at the Strategic Level
  • Assessing the Value of Readiness
  • Generating Force Requirements and Resourcing
  • Enhancing Army Category Management Capabilities
  • Army Fiscal Data Structure

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

Johnson, David E., M. Wade Markel, and Brian Shannon, The 2008 Battle of Sadr City: Reimagining Urban Combat, RAND Corporation (RR-160-A), 2013

Johnson, David E., M. Wade Markel, and Brian Shannon, The 2008 Battle of Sadr City: Reimagining Urban Combat, RAND Corporation (RR-160-A), 2013

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

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

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal, RAND