William W. Whitson received his BS from the United States Military Academy in 1948 and his PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1956. During his twenty-two-year military career, in addition to normal command and staff assignments in the Corps of Engineers, he became a specialist on the People’s Republic of China, about which he wrote several books.
After retiring from the Army in 1970, he worked with the RAND Corporation, Stanford Research Institute, and BDM Corporation before joining the Library of Congress in 1975 as Chief of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division. In 1980, he resigned from the Library to become Chairman of the Emergency Earthquake Taskforce for California. He served on the Board of IONS from 1979 to1992. He is currently Executive Secretary of the Foundation for Inner Peace.