To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
Professor Linda J. Bilmes is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Professor Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, is a leading expert on budgetary and public financial issues. Her research focuses on budgeting and public administration in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is particularly interested in the costs of war, veterans, the civil service and public lands. She is a full-time Harvard faculty member, teaching budgeting, cost accounting and public finance, and teaching workshops for newly-elected Mayors and Members of Congress. Since 2005, she has led the Greater Boston Applied Field Lab, an advanced academic program in which teams of student volunteers assist local communities in public finance and operations. Bilmes was twice confirmed by the US Senate, serving as Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Bill Clinton. She currently serves on the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), the US Department of Interior National Park System Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and Economists for Peace and Security.
Professor Bilmes has authored or co-authored numerous books, book chapters, articles and opinion pieces, and has testified to Congress on numerous occasions. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict (with Joseph E. Stiglitz) and The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in Public Service (with W. Scott Gould). Her forthcoming book America's Best Investment: Approaches to Valuing the US National Park System will be published in 2019. She has published in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Poilicy, the Atlantic and WBUR's Cognoscenti, and she appears regularly on national television and radio programs, including NPR's "Marketplace" and WBUR's "All Things Considered" and "On Point". Bilmes was featured in the Academy-award nominated documentary "No End in Sight." She is the recipient of the 2008 "Speaking Truth to Power" Award by the American Friends Service Committee. Bilmes previously worked as a strategy consultant in London, Madrid and Moscow with the Boston Consulting Group. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She holds a BA and MBA from Harvard University and has also taught and studied at Oxford University.Last Updated: Sep 4, 2020, 12:41pm