Short Bio

Trained both as an economist and an engineer, Dr. Dumas' areas of expertise include: 1) National and international se4curity; 2) Human fallibility, terrorism and technological disaster; 3) The environment and global climate change; and 4) Economic transition and development.

He has published six books and more than 120 articles in 11 languages in books and journals of economics, engineering, sociology, history, public policy, military studies and peace science, as well as in such newspapers/magazines as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Science magazine, Boston Globe, Technology Review, Defense News, and the Dallas Morning News. His policy analysis, "Seeds of Opportunity: Climate Change Challenges and Solutions" was published online by the Civil Society Institute in April 2006. He has recently completed his seventh book, The Peacekeeping Economy: Using Economic Relationships to Build a More Peaceful, Prosperous and Secure World.

Dr. Dumas has been quoted as an authority in Time, Business Week, Financial Times, Science, Der Spiegel, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and Washington Post, among many others. He has addressed the United Nations, testified at city, state and federal government hearings, and discussed the policy implications of his work on more than 300 TV and radio programs in the U.S., former Soviet Union, Russia, Canada, Europe, Latina America and the Pacific. In 2011 as the Daichi Fukushima nuclear facility disaster was unfolding after a tsunami struck Japan, he appeared twice on CCTV National news in China.

He has spoken at more than 250 conferences and special lectures since 1980, including symposia sponsored by Sandia Nuclear Weapons Laboratories, Los Alamos Nuclear Weapons Laboratories, the State Department, the United Nations, the Soviet Academy of Sciences, and J.P. Morgan Chase, as well as professional meetings of 9 academic disciplines, financiers and members of Congress.

From 1991-1993, Dumas was Vice Chair of the Governor's Taskforce on Economic Transition of the State of Texas. From 1994-1996, he was consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratories on expanding civilian R&D at the Labs. In 1999, he co-organized (with Dr. Ali Mazrui), an International Conference on Peacekeeping, Development and Demilitarization in Africa, sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation and U.S. Institute of Peace. From 2002-2007, hte (with Dr. J. Wedel) was awarded Ford Foundation grants to develop a code of ethics for and methods for increasing transparency/accountability of international economic on development and transition. From 2007-2010, Dumas headed an interdisciplinary research team of UTD faculty working on issues of human rights and the asylum process in collaboration with the NGO, the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, under a grant from the Overbrook Foundation.

Dr. Dumas attended Columbia College (B.A., Mathematics, 1967), the School of Engineering and Applied Science (M.S., Industrial Engineering, 1968) and the Graduate Faculties (Ph.D., Economics, 1972) all divisions of Columbia University. He taught Economics for three years at City University of New York, and engineering for six years at Columbia University, joining the faculty of Social Sciences at University of Texas at Dallas in 1979.

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The Unintended Trilogy

For all of my professional life, I have been deeply concerned about the extent to which the United States has embraced military force as the guarantor of the nation's security and that of the wider world. As an economist, I understood that prosperity, whether of a company or of a nation and its people, depended crucially on how it used its productive resources—the skill and effort of its workforce, the productive power of its machinery and equipment—especially in the long run. We were diverting so much of the country's critical economic resources (especially technological talent) to the support of our military power, it seemed we were in danger of losing the widely shared prosperity basic to the American dream. So, in the mid'1980s, I wrote The Overburdened Economy (University of California Press, 1986), the first book in what was to become an unintended trilogy on the multiple connections between security, the economy and the primacy accorded to military force.

The second book in the trilogy, Lethal Arrogance (St, Martin’s Press, 1999), came 13 years later (with an updated version, published by Praeger in 2010 as The Technology Trap). It argued that our innate fallibility as human beings made it impossible for us to design, build, operate, and maintain extremely dangerous technologies—most especially nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction—with any real assurance that nothing would go catastrophically wrong, by accident or by intention. Rather than making us more secure, our own arsenals of weapons of mass destruction had come to threaten us.

This book, The Peacekeeping Economy, is the capstone of the trilogy I did not realize I was writing. For if we are to reject high levels of military spending on the grounds that they seriously injure the economy, and accept that accumulating massive military force can endanger rather than protect us, then what are we to do to achieve the security we value so highly? The core argument here is that it is possible to structure international (and intranational) economic relationships in ways that create strong positive incentives to build and keep the peace. It is an approach to harnessing the power of self-interest to provide both prosperity and security. I do not claim that it is a complete security strategy by itself, obviating the need for diplomacy or even military force. But it should strengthen the hand of the diplomats and make the need or impulse to call on military force much more rare.

There are enormous benefits to be had and dangers to be avoided by considering that there may be a better way to achieve security. I offer the peacekeeping economy as one serious and practical attempt at finding that way.


Lloyd J. Dumas
Carrollton, Texas
February12, 2012

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