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Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons

MICHAEL FITZSIMMONS is currently a visiting research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), U.S. Army War College (USAWC), Carlisle, PA. He is on leave from the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, VA, where he conducts studies on defense strategy and force planning for the Department of Defense (DoD). Dr. Fitzsimmons has served as an advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and on operational and strategic headquarters staffs in Iraq. He has also been an adjunct professor of public policy from the University of Maryland and previously worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company in the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Fitzsimmons holds advanced degrees in international affairs and business administration from Columbia University, New York, and a Ph.D. in international security policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons

  • Scenario Planning and Strategy in the Pentagon

    January 29, 2019

    Authored by Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons.
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    Scenario planning is an important tool for defense strategy and force development, but numerous conceptual and bureaucratic obstacles have limited its influence over time. This monograph examines the recent history and challenges of scenario planning in the Pentagon and offers recommendations to improve its effectiveness.

  • Governance, Identity, and Counterinsurgency: Evidence from Ramadi and Tal Afar

    March 20, 2013

    Authored by Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons.
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    Western thinking on counterinsurgency seems to be that success in countering insurgencies depends on a perception of legitimacy among local populations. However, it may be more correct to consider the identity of who governs, rather than on how whoever governs governs.