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Paul H. Johnstone

PAUL H. JOHNSTONE was a senior analyst in the Weapons Systems Evaluation Group (WSEG) in the Pentagon. He was assistant director of three crucial studies on outcomes
of nuclear war and the director of a fourth, on the impact on civilians. He also initiated a series of “critical incident” studies recounting decision-making problems, which led to the McNamara study of the errors of Vietnam war policy known as The Pentagon Papers and was one of its authors.