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Francois Melese

Defense Resources Management Institute
Graduate School of Defense Management

Phone: (831) 656-2009


Dr. Francois Melese, former Executive Director of the Defense Resources Management Institute (, is Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy (GSBPP) at the Naval Postgraduate School. He earned his BA in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, his MA at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and his PhD at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. His research interests include Public Budgeting, Public Procurement, Game Theory, and Defense Economics. He is widely published in these areas, and other topics in Economics and Management. He has conducted executive management courses throughout the U.S. and in countries around the world, and has been an advisor and consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD Director Administration & Management), the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Comptroller), NATO’s Political & Economics Directorate, and the Defense Business Board (Advisors to the Secretary of Defense). A frequent contributor at NATO meetings, Dr. Melese has represented the U.S. as a speaker and moderator in countries throughout Europe. He is a member of NATO’s Building Integrity editorial board and is co-editor of a recently published book entitled “Military Cost-Benefit Analysis: Theory and Practice.” Professor Melese is a member of the American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, and Western Economic Association, and is an elected member of the Research Society of American Scientists—Sigma Xi. Address: DRMI, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943; email:
Other Experience
  • 1991 Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, Center for Mathematical Economics and Econometrics, Universite de Paris I (Sorbonne), Paris, France
  • 1994 - 1995 Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, Economics Board, University of California at Santa Cruz
  • 1982 - 1987 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Economics, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • 1979 - 1982 Research Fellow, Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Research Interests
Defense Economics
Economic Modeling
General Economics and Management
Quality Management
Teaching Interests
Managerial Economics (Defense Management)
Public Budgeting
Industrial Organization
Applied Game Theory


  • Elected member, Sigma Xi
  • 2017 - 30 Year Length of Service Award, NPS
  • 2007 - LCDR David L. Williams Outstanding Professor Award, NPS
  • 1995 - Research Recognition Award, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 1993 - Distinguished Editorial Award, American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC)

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • American Economics Association
  • Elected member of Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society)
  • Southern Economics Association
  • Western Economics Association

Scholarly Work

  • Book
  • (2015). Military Cost-Benefit Analysis: Theory & Practice London UK: Rouledge.
  • Melese, F., Richter, A., & Solomon, B, (2015). Military Cost–Benefit Analysis: Theory and Practice Routledge.
  • Book Chapter
  • Solomon, B., Richter, A., & Melese, F, (2015). Introduction, Military Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA): Theory & Practice. Routledge.
  • Melese, F, (2015). The Economic Evaluation of Alternatives. Military Cost-Benefit Analysis: Theory & Practice (pp. 74-109). London UK: Routledge.
  • Journal Article
  • Melese, F., & Armey, L, (2017). Minimizing Public Sector Corruption: The Economics of Crime, Identity Economics, and Money Laundering. Defense and Peace Economics, .