October 14, 2010, 6:30 PM - Willard Hotel, Washington DC
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Governor Mitch Daniels receives the Herman Kahn
Award from Former Vice President Dan Quayle
Hudson Institute was founded by the legendary futurist Herman Kahn (1922-1983) with the mission of thinking about the future in bold and unconventional ways.
The Institute's Herman Kahn Award honors creative and visionary leaders who embody Kahn's dedication to strong American national security, a guarded optimism about the future, and an appreciation of the role of technology as a driver of global economic progress.
Herman Kahn was one of the world's leading public intellectuals. A pioneer in strategic studies who championed the use of scenarios, Kahn made vital contributions to American efforts in the Cold War. He founded the field of future studies, was a leading development economist, and challenged the reigning pessimism of his day. As a forward-looking thinker whose work transcended narrow scholarly disciplines, Kahn's research had a global audience; his ideas were as well known in Washington as they were in London, Paris, Bonn, Moscow, and Tokyo.
This year, Hudson Institute honored one of its own: former Hudson President and CEO Mitch Daniels, who has gone on to a distinguished career in public life as the cabinet-ranked Director of the Office of Management and Budget and as Governor of the State of Indiana.
At Hudson, Daniels worked tirelessly to reinvigorate the Institute by promoting Kahn's vision with a first-class team of intellectuals at the Institute's then-headquarters in Indianapolis. Elected Governor of Indiana in 2004, Daniels was re-elected by an eighteen-point margin in 2008. Daniels' popular tenure as Governor of Indiana has been marked by fiscal prudence, tax cuts, and an overhaul of state government — policies that have made Indiana a model for the nation.
Herman Kahn would have been proud of the kind of leadership Governor Daniels has demonstrated throughout his career. We are especially proud to list him alongside the many distinguished alumni of Hudson Institute, and to recognize Mitch Daniels with the Herman Kahn Award.
Governor Daniels was introduced by former Vice President Dan Quayle. Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also gave brief remarks.
The Cornelius Family Foundation
Gerald Dorros, M.D.
Rosalind & Michael Keiser
Jacqueline & Marc Leland
E. Miles Prentice III
Walter P. Stern
Allan R. Tessler
John C. Wohlstetter
Honorary Dinner Chairmen
Senator Richard G. Lugar
The Honorable Dan Quayle
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