Charles also employed Helene at one of his companies, ConTel , where she was killed in a shooting by a disgruntled employee in In , he founded one of the early phonograph companies, the Rex Talking Machine Corporation. Luminaries of the performance world were regular guests in the Wohlstetter home. The Rex company was taken over and its Wilmington, Delaware factory converted to war production during the First World War.
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Charles also employed Helene at one of his companies, ConTel , where she was killed in a shooting by a disgruntled employee in In , he founded one of the early phonograph companies, the Rex Talking Machine Corporation. Luminaries of the performance world were regular guests in the Wohlstetter home.
The Rex company was taken over and its Wilmington, Delaware factory converted to war production during the First World War. Philip died of a heart attack in when Albert was four years old. At the time he was involved in radical politics, and was a member of the League for a Revolutionary Workers Party , a Trotskyist splinter group, in the mids.
It was in a class there that he met Roberta Morgan. Wohlstetter was bored by the law and left the program after only one year. But he stayed at Columbia to pursue a Ph. He studies under Abraham Wald where he was a peer of Jacob Wolfowitz. He had a fellowship with the Social Science Research Council on a project to incorporate modern mathematical methods into economics and business cycle research.
From — he was a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. It is unclear how he ended up there. Nathan and it was Kuznets who hired Wohlstetter. Burns who gave Albert the job. After the war, Wohlstetter worked briefly in business in New York.
Albert went to work for the General Panel Corporation to "tool up" their industrial plant. General Panel Corporation was a company founded by Walter Gropius and Konrad Wachsmann , two important figures in the Bauhaus movement.
Albert knew the three from his days as a student and in government service. Mathematical logic was a very, very small world. There were only a little over a dozen mathematical logicians before the war in the United States Hitch , the head of the RAND economics department. The two hit it off and Wohlstetter was brought on as a consultant to the Mathematics Department.
It was not until June or July , a few months after he began briefing Selection and Use of Strategic Air Bases to the Air Force that Hitch finally insisted that his consultant status was "absurd" and that he join the permanent staff. In , Brodie accused Wohlstetter of a security violation and financial malfeasance.
Brodie also claimed that Wohlstetter was extravagant in wining and dining clients and colleagues using RAND funds. Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis in Members of the Commission on the left side of the table clockwise from the bottom of the photograph to the top : Gen. Andrew J. Graham Claytor, Jr. From to , he taught in the political science department of the University of Chicago , and chaired the dissertation committees of Paul Wolfowitz , Efraim Inbar and Zalmay Khalilzad.
He and Roberta thought he was just ill or having an asthma attack. Over the telephone from New York their daughter Joan reviewed the symptoms for a heart attack and told Roberta to call an ambulance. Albert made a fuss, not wanting to go to the emergency room. At the hospital he was diagnosed as having had a serious heart attack and was discharged home with around-the-clock nursing care. In the living room he set up a makeshift chair that allowed him to partially recline so he could continue to work.
A month later, on 10 January , Wohlstetter died at his Laurel Canyon home. Roberta Wolstetter died on 6 January Photograph by Peter J. Souza , courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. He is the first recipient not employed by the Department of Defense and the first person awarded it twice. The Albert J. In , Kubrick was looking for his next project after Lolita and started reading intensively on nuclear issues.
But Kubrick could not conceive of a realistic scenario for an accidental nuclear war, so turned instead to the idea of making a comedy. While the character of Dr. Strangelove confesses to the president having commissioned a study by "the Bland Corporation" of the possibility of a doomsday device in the movie that was made, he is mostly based on Herman Kahn , John von Neumann , Wernher von Braun and Edward Teller.
In the years preceding the attack, U. However, a Japanese attack came as both a strategic and a tactical surprise. On the strategic level, U. They were unwilling to abandon their expansion in east Asia and viewed the attack as the best way to start the inevitable confrontation. Furthermore, on several occasions during U. Finally, it was believed that the logical place for a Japanese attack would be in the Philippines.
Share on LinkedIn The first shock administered by the Soviet launching of Sputnik has almost dissipated. The flurry of statements and investigations and improvised responses has died down, leaving a small residue: a slight increase in the schedule of bomber and ballistic missile production, with a resulting small increment in our defense expenditures for the current fiscal year, a considerable enthusiasm for space travel, and some stirrings of interest in the teaching of mathematics and physics in the secondary schools. Western defense policy has almost returned to the level of activity and the emphasis suited to the basic assumptions which were controlling before Sputnik. One of the most important of these assumptions — that a general thermonuclear war is extremely unlikely — is held in common by most of the critics of our defense policy as well as by its proponents. Because of its crucial role in the Western strategy of defense, I should like to examine the stability of the thermonuclear balance which, it is generally supposed, would make aggression irrational or even insane. The balance, I believe, is in fact precarious, and this fact has critical implications for policy.