Paul Bracken

Professor of Management & Professor of Political Science at Yale School of Management


  • Yale School of Management




Yale School of Management

Paul Bracken is a professor of management and political science at Yale University. Bracken is a respected thought leader in global competition and the strategic application of technology in business and defense. His research and teaching focus on solutions for senior management as it deals with a changing strategic environment and conditions of intense uncertainty. He is a leading teacher in executive education and has run many programs for companies in finance, technology, retail, and health care. He is also a frequent teacher at One Day University on topics such as Problem Framing in Business, the Future of the Corporation, Big Business and Democracy, and the Second Nuclear Age.

Bracken is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is included in Princeton Review’s book on The Best 300 Professors in the United States. He consults with several private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, banks, and technology companies, and to the RAND Corporation. He has been a visiting scholar at the CIA and Beijing University.

Professor Bracken often uses role playing war games for organizations facing complex new environments. He has designed and run games for the US Government on strategic nuclear war, with personal play by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Proud Prophet); and for the White House on a terrorist strike on Wall Street, played in the World Trade Center. He has recently run business war games for corporations on US financial services strategies in the new regulatory environment, technology integration games for Wall Street, the future of European financial services, and managing legal and reputational risks of the foreign corrupt practices act for African investment.


  • PhD, Yale University, 1982
  • BS, Columbia University, 1971


  • The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics Paul Bracken Times Books 2012
  • Better Business Thinking: A Practical Guide to Environmental Scanning, Scenarios, Alternative Futures, and Red Teaming in Business Paul Bracken Forthcoming
  • Managing strategic surprise: lessons from risk management and risk assessment Paul Bracken, Ian Bremmer and David Gordon Cambridge University Press 2008
  • Fire in the East: The Rise of Asian Military Power and the Second Nuclear Age Paul Bracken HarperCollins e-books 1999
  • The Command and Control of Nuclear Forces Paul Bracken 1983


  • The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review: Signaling Restraint with Stipulations Paul Bracken Foreign Policy Research Institute e-note 2018
  • New Technology and World Order Paul Bracken Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 2018
  • The Cyber Threat to Nuclear Stability Paul Bracken Orbis 2016
  • Scholars and Security Paul Bracken Perspectives on Politics 2010
  • Futurizing Business Education Paul Bracken The Futurist 2008


  • How to Build a Warning System SOM Working Paper 2008


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