Charles Hawkins passed away

I just heard that Charles Hawkins, or Chuck Hawkins, passed away September 13, 2019 in Ninilchik Alaska. He was born in 1946.

Chuck Hawkins joined Trevor Dupuy’s Data Memory Systems Inc. (DMSI) as a vice-president in 1988. He was a former army captain who fought in Vietnam with a strong interest in analysis of combat. He came into the organization while it was at its peak but was about to crash due to the deep budget cuts that occurred at the end of the Cold War. He struggled on with the collapsing DMSI until around 1992 and closed it down. He then continued work in the industry with a number of efforts, eventually becoming an expert on the North Korea. He spent some time at their border, which always produced a great slide show.

He also worked briefly with me in 1993 on the report I did on Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). A copy is here:

He was an active participant at The Military Conflict Institute (TMCI) and was still involved in North Korean affairs.

There are two interview videos of him on Youtube: (1) Chuck Hawkins Pt. 1 – YouTube and (1) Chuck Hawkins – Part 2 – YouTube

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Christopher A. Lawrence
Christopher A. Lawrence

Christopher A. Lawrence is a professional historian and military analyst. He is the Executive Director and President of The Dupuy Institute, an organization dedicated to scholarly research and objective analysis of historical data related to armed conflict and the resolution of armed conflict. The Dupuy Institute provides independent, historically-based analyses of lessons learned from modern military experience.
Mr. Lawrence was the program manager for the Ardennes Campaign Simulation Data Base, the Kursk Data Base, the Modern Insurgency Spread Sheets and for a number of other smaller combat data bases. He has participated in casualty estimation studies (including estimates for Bosnia and Iraq) and studies of air campaign modeling, enemy prisoner of war capture rates, medium weight armor, urban warfare, situational awareness, counterinsurgency and other subjects for the U.S. Army, the Defense Department, the Joint Staff and the U.S. Air Force. He has also directed a number of studies related to the military impact of banning antipersonnel mines for the Joint Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation.
His published works include papers and monographs for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation, in addition to over 40 articles written for limited-distribution newsletters and over 60 analytical reports prepared for the Defense Department. He is the author of Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka (Aberdeen Books, Sheridan, CO., 2015), America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam (Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia & Oxford, 2015), War by Numbers: Understanding Conventional Combat (Potomac Books, Lincoln, NE., 2017) , The Battle of Prokhorovka (Stackpole Books, Guilford, CT., 2019), The Battle for Kyiv (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2023), Aces at Kursk (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024), Hunting Falcon: The Story of WWI German Ace Hans-Joachim Buddecke (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024) and The Siege of Mariupol (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2024).
Mr. Lawrence lives in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.

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  1. I just watched Parts 1 & 2 of the interview with him on YouTube. What a great leader of men he was! He is another guy with the “right stuff! As a Vietnam veteran myself I, am in awe of him and what he went through and accomplished.. Our time there overlapped but as an aviator, I didn’t go through anything close to what he did. He seemed very together in the interview and was extremely interesting. He should have made General! I’m truly sorry he is no longer with us!!! RIP Hawk!!!

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