AND Magazine has published articles on national security and foreign policy from George H. Wittman for the last several years. It is with great sadness that we learned that George passed away quickly and peacefully on November 20, 2020 at his home in Gold Canyon, Arizona surrounded by family.
George finished Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and was quickly recruited into the recently formed Central Intelligence Agency in the spring of 1951. He worked as a case officer undertaking sensitive assignments worldwide until 1968. In 1968 George took over the direction of the family’s mining and international trade business when his father died in 1968.
George focused his family’s business – rebranded as G.H.Wittman, Inc – on political and economic consulting particularly in the Middle East and Africa. He was a regular contributor to the American Spectator, The Washington Times, and AND Magazine until the time of his death. George published “A Matter of Intelligence” in 1975. His final literary effort, “There was a Time,” is expected to be published in the spring of 2021.
Per the Washington Times, starting in the 1970’s George worked “under contract with the Hudson Institute, he wrote policy briefs and analysis for the Department of Defense. He founded the Middle East Newsletter in the late 1970’s. Later, Mr. Wittman served as founding chairman of the National Institute for Public Policy, a nonprofit devoted to research on technological and policy aspects of national defense. By the mid-1980’s Mr. Wittman had been tapped to lecture periodically at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA on the topics of Middle East politics and terrorism. His expertise also led to a decade-long consulting relationship with the FBI’s New York field office. Mr. Wittman retired to Florida in 1996, and later relocated to Arizona. Even in retirement, he continued to write and offer analysis on international affairs and security matters.”
It was a great honor to have George’s years of experience as part of our AND Magazine family of contributors. He will be missed.