William W. Whitson

About the Author

William Whitson
William W. Whitson

William Whitson gained a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in 1948. He then pursued a twenty-two year military career in a variety of assignments including a topographic survey of the Philippines; General’s Aide at the United Nations; completion of a Ph.D. in international relations and economics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; instructor at West Point in the economics of national security and international relations; ranger and parachute training; advisor to the Dean of the Korean Military Academy; company command and battle group operations officer with the 82nd airborne division; Chinese language training; political analyst with the American Embassy in the Republic of China (Taiwan); political analyst with the American Consulate in Hong Kong; and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Systems Analysis.

After his retirement from the Army in 1970, for the next decade he engaged in research in China studies and strategic policy planning at the RAND Corporation, the Stanford Research Institute and BDM Corporation. During the 1970’s he lectured at the Air and Army Command and General Staff Colleges, the Air War College, the Army War College, the Central Intelligence Agency, Columbia University, the Foreign Service Institute, the Harvard Business School, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the National War College and the United States Air Force and Military Academies.

In addition to numerous articles and papers for the RAND Corporation, he edited The Military and Political Power in China in the 1970’s (1972); Doing Business With China (1972); and Foreign Policy and U.S. National security: Major Post Election Issues (1973) and wrote The Chinese High Command: A History of Military Politics (1956-71) (1973). In 1975, he joined the Library of Congress as Chief of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service.

In 1980, he resigned from the Library of Congress to organize and chair the Emergency Earthquake Taskforce for California. Thereafter, he served as President of CIM Associates, a service corporation to business and government. He is a past member of the Board of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the California Institute for Integral Studies.

Since 1980 he has also served the Foundation for Inner Peace as a member of the Board of Directors, managing the translation program to yield twenty translations of A Course in Miracles. The fundamental ideas of the Course have inspired all major themes and plot twists in his novels about David Harrison’s inner development. Indeed, David’s passion for flight is a metaphor for his yearning for inner flight.