George Friedman Biography
George Friedman is Chief Executive of STRATFOR, a private global intelligence firm he founded in 1996. Prior to joining the private sector, Friedman spent almost twenty years in academia, teaching political science at Dickinson College. During this time he also regularly briefed senior commanders in the armed services as well as the Office of Net Assessments, SHAPE Technical Center, the U.S. Army War College, National Defense University and the RAND Corporation on security and national defense matters. Friedman’s childhood was shaped directly by international conflict: he was born in Hungary to Holocaust survivors, his family fled Hungary when he was a child to escape the Communist regime, settling first in a camp for displaced persons in Austria and then immigrating to the United States.
The Next 100 Years: George Friedman
Friedman, who attended public schools in New York City, describes his family’s story as, “a very classic story of refugees making a new life in America." Friedman was an early designer of computerized war games.
In 1994 he founded the Center for Geopolitical Studies at Louisiana State University, which engaged in integrated economic, political and military modeling and forecasting. The Center was the only non-governmental organization that was at that time granted access to Joint Theater Level Simulation by the Joint Warfighting Center. Friedman pursued political philosophy, with his early work focusing on Marxism, as well as international conflict, including examining the U.S.-Soviet relationship from a military perspective. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Friedman studied the potential for a U.S.-Japan conflict, in 1991 co-authoring The Coming War with Japan. He is also the author or coauthor of books examining topics as diverse as the Frankfurt School and warfare, including The Future of War, The Intelligence Edge and America’s Secret War. He received a B.A. from the City College of New York, where he majored in political science, and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.