USMA Research Unit Affiliation

Social Sciences

Date of Award


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Type

Master of Public Policy (MPP)


Economic interventions are a key component of stability operations. But they have proven challenging for the U.S. military to both implement and evaluate under conditions of state fragility and conflict. As a shaping operation, so-called ‘tactical economics’ can enable military units to shape security environments and consolidate gains in pursuit of sustainable outcomes. However, they require careful targeting, design, implementation, and evaluation.