With an increased defense budget on the horizon, it is important to keep in mind that we cannot spend our way to victory against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq or Syria. This was the logic behind owner George Steinbrenner’s New York Yankees outspending their opponents, yet still losing to Billy Beane’s upstart Oakland A’s in 2002. Similarly, when it comes to defeating violent groups such as ISIS, the military needs more “Moneyball” — that is, better data and metrics to assess what it means to achieve “victory.” Like Michael Lewis’s bestseller, the book “Moneyball...Read More
Author: Jonathan Bate
Getting the Military and Social Scientists Back Together: The Need for “Expeditionary Social Science”
MWI’s Major Jonathan Bate argues for the military to make efforts to address the concerns of social scientists and for more meaningful collaboration with academia.Read More
In this Foreign Policy article, posted on Thomas Ricks’ blog, MAJ Jonathan Bate makes the case for ‘tactical economics’ to improve stability and reconstruction operations in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.Read More
In a new MWI Report, Jonathan Bate argues that economic interventions during stability and reconstruction operations should utilize evidence-based ‘tactical economics.’Read More
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