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Kahn, Herman

(kän), 1922–83, American military strategist. b. Bayonne, N.J. After graduate work in physics at the California Institute of Technology, he joined the Rand CorporationRand Corporation,
research institution in Santa Monica, Calif.; founded 1948 and supported by federal, state, and local governments, as well as by foundations and corporations. Its principal fields of research are national security and public welfare.
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. Unlike scholars such as Bernard BrodieBrodie, Bernard,
1910–78, American military strategist, b. Chicago. Brodie edited The Absolute Weapon (1946), the first book on nuclear strategy, and was a strategic theorist at the Rand Corporation (1951–66).
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, he believed that nuclear war could be won. At Rand, he studied the application of such analytic techniques as game theory and systems analysis to military theory. In 1961 he founded the Hudson Institute, where he conducted research into questions of national security and the future. His writings include On Thermonuclear War (1961), Thinking about the Unthinkable (1962), On Escalation (1965), The Emerging Japanese Superstate (1970), The Future of the Corporation (1974), The Japanese Challenge (1979), and Thinking about the Unthinkable in the 1980s (1984).


See biography by B. Bruce-Briggs (2000); study by S. Ghamari-Tabrizi (2005).

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18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, September 25th at The Pierre Hotel in New York City, Hudson Institute will present its 2013 Herman Kahn Award to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe .
th] at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, Hudson Institute will confer its 2012 Herman Kahn Award on former Vice President Dick Cheney in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the United States and its government.
In 1967, Herman Kahn, the founder of the Hudson Institute, published The Year 2000, (Macmillan) in which he laid out a variety of scenarios for the next 33 years.
Founded by the late geo-strategist Herman Kahn in 1961, Hudson Institute is one of America's premier policy research organizations.
WASHINGTON, April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Almost fifty years after noted strategist Herman Kahn founded Hudson, the Institute's scholars remain leaders in the field of nuclear strategic analysis.
Trammell began his career with the Hudson Institute, a New York-based think tank, where he served as a primary economic research assistant to Herman Kahn, a noted strategist.
Olson recount that futurism is little more than a half-century old, having come into vogue in the era of Alvin Toffler and Herman Kahn, the genius who saw a brighter future even under the shadow of a mushroom cloud.
And it was Hudson that set the stage for the Japanese economic take-off in the late 1960's with the book, The Emergence of Japan as a Super State by Herman Kahn.
The Secretary is a long-time friend of Hudson Institute, who 25 years ago regularly consulted with Hudson's founder, the late Herman Kahn.
He is a recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation and is a member of the Hudson Institute, the prestigious think tank founded by the late Herman Kahn.
Founded in 1961 by strategist Herman Kahn, Hudson Institute challenges conventional thinking and helps manage strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary studies in defense, international relations, economics, health care, technology, culture and law.
4) The pioneers of futures studies include such figures as Harold Lasswell, Daniel Bell, and Herman Kahn.