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The Arlington Institute (or "TAI") is a 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank specializing in predictive modeling of future events, that is, futures studies. It was founded in 1989 by former naval officer and military expert John L. Petersen[1] in Arlington, Virginia.

The Arlington Institute
IndustryFutures techniques
HeadquartersBerkeley Springs, WV
Key people
John L. Petersen, CEO & Chairman



TAI believes society, science, ecology, and commerce are converging and that the issues that mankind is confronting are a product of how we live and think. As transition pioneers, TAI hopes to discover the early indicators of transition and provide solutions. The Arlington Institute is building an interactive web portal called The World's Biggest Problems. The site will allow people to collaborate on finding solutions to problems such as economic crisis, species extinction, peak oil, climate change, and water scarcity.

Leadership historyEdit

The Arlington Institute was founded by John L. Petersen in 1989.[2] Petersen was a naval flight officer in the United States Navy, and has worked at military institutions in the United States, including the National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council at the White House,[3] and has had experience in business and non-profit organisations.[3] Among the 2003 Board of Directors was Jack DuVall, who had two years earlier created the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict together with Council on Foreign Relations Board member Peter Ackerman.[4] In 2005, the Board of Directors of the Arlington Institute was chaired by John L. Petersen, and included Napier Collyns, George H. Kuper, David Martin, and another military expert, Owen Wormser. Wormser worked in the United States Air Force, worked in the Department of Defense, and in 2005 was a visiting professor at the Joint Military Intelligence College.[5]

Martin presentations in 2006, 2007Edit

The Arlington Institute gained exposure in 2006 and 2007 when it hosted presentations made by Board member Dr. David Martin, also of M-CAM Inc., in which he detailed the dynamics contributing to the joint failure of credit, insurance, and monetary systems.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "John L. Peterson-CV". Arlington Institute. Archived from the original on 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  2. ^ "History". Arlington Institute. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  3. ^ a b "Board of Directors". Arlington Institute. 2010. Archived from the original on 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  4. ^ "Limits and Opportunities of Nonviolent Resistance: Lessons from History and Current Conflicts". Students for Peace and Humanity, Stony Brook University. May 2003. Archived from the original on 2010-10-14. Retrieved 2010-10-14.
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". Arlington Institute. 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2010-10-14.

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