Leo Blanken, Associate Professor
Department of Defense Analysis
Naval Postgraduate School

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Prof Leo BlankeLeo Blanken, Associate Professor

Leo Blanken joined Defense Analysis in the summer of 2008. He received a BA from the University of San Francisco, an MA from Columbia University, and a PhD in political science from the University of California at Davis. His dissertation on patterns of imperial expansion received the best dissertation award from the Western Political Science Association, and has been published by the University of Chicago Press as Rational Empires: Institutional Incentives and Imperial Expansion. His current research focuses on the challenges of military intelligence and metrics in counterinsurgency operations and theoretical issues surrounding conventional force structure planning.

Department of Defense Analysis
Naval Postgraduate School
Root Hall, Room 221
589 Dyer Road
Monterey, CA 93943

Email: ljblanke [at] nps [dot] edu

See a PDF of my CV here.

Leo is a USA Boxing certified trainer and helps kids learn the basics of boxing by volunteering at Pacific Coast Boxing in Pacific Grove, CA.

He also collects and DJs rare soul and funk records from the 1960s and 1970s. He is part of the Soul Lotto crew of DJs based in England, and some of his sets can be accessed at www.soullotto.com.

  • Military intelligence in a COIN environment
  • The impact of imperfect metrics of progress and performance in a COIN environment
  • Modeling the strategic implications of military technology diffusion
  • Utilizing game theoretic concepts and tools to refine military strategic choice


Leo J Blanken and Jason J Lepore, "Performance Measurement in Military Operations: Information versus Incentives", accepted for publication in Defence and Peace Economics.

Leo J Blanken 2012 "Reconciling Strategic Studies...with Itself: A Common Framework for Choosing among Strategies" Defense and Security Analysis 28(4): 275-287

Leo J Blanken and Jason J Lepore 2012 "Unpacking the Various Meanings of Redundancy: From Refining the Concept to Military Planning" Defense and Security Analysis 28 (4): 326-342

Leo Blanken and Justin Overbaugh. 2012. "Looking for Intel? … Or Looking for Answers? Reforming Military Intelligence for a Counterinsurgency Environment" Intelligence and National Security 27(4): 559-575.

Leo J. Blanken and Jason J. Lepore. 2011. "Slowing Down to Keep the Lead in Military Technology" Defence and Peace Economics 22(3): 317-334.