Henry Stanislaus "Harry" Rowen (October 11, 1925 – November 12, 2015) was an American national security expert, economist, and academician.
Rowen was born in Boston in 1925. He attended M.I.T. and graduated with a bachelor's in industrial management in 1949. He went on to Oxford University and earned his master's degree in economics in 1955.
Between 1965-1966, Rowen was the Assistant Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Budget.
From 1967-1972, he was the president of RAND Corporation.
From 1981-1983, he was the chairman of the National Intelligence Council.
Between 1989-1991, Rowen served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense, under Dick Cheney.
From 2001–2004 he served on the Secretary of Defense Policy Advisory Board.
Between 2002-2003, Rowen chaired the United States Department of Energy's Task Force on the Future of Science Programs.
On February 12, 2004, President Bush named Rowen as a member of the Commission on Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (the "WMD Commission"), a position that he held until 2005.
Rowen's research was most recently focused on Asia's rise in the technology sector.
Henry Rowen was married to Beverly Griffiths. He died on November 12, 2015 in Menlo Park, California from a heart attack, at the age of 90. He was survived by his wife, three daughters, and three sons.
- Project for the New American Century, member
- Hoover Institution, senior fellow
- Stanford University's Asia/Pacific Research Center, member
- Stanford University, professor emeritus of public policy and management
- Soar BioDynamics , Innovation Advisory Board member
Rowen wrote frequently for foreign policy publications:
- "Kim Jong II Must Go," Policy Review, No. 121 October/November 2003
- "The Short March: China's Road to Democracy," National Interest (fall 1996)
- "Inchon in the Desert: My Rejected Plan," National Interest (summer 1995)
- "The Tide underneath the 'Third Wave,'" Journal of Democracy (January 1995)
- "Vietnam Made Him," National Interest (winter 1995/96).
He has also co-edited a number of books:
- Greater China's Quest for Innovation (Shorenstein APARC, 2008)
- Making IT: The Rise of Asia in High Tech (Stanford University Press, 2006)
- The Silicon Valley Edge: A Habitat for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Stanford University Press, 2000)
- Behind East Asian Growth: The Political and Social Foundations of Prosperity (1998)
- Defense Conversion, Economic Reform, and the Outlook for the Russian and Ukrainian Economies (1994)
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