COLONEL HARRY G. SUMMERS, JR., (“A Bankrupt Military Strategy”) is the editor of Vietnam magazine and a syndicated columnist for The Los Angeles Times. He was previously a professor at the Army War College, where he held the General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Military Research. Summers is a combat infantry veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and the author of numerous books, including On Strategy (1982), Vietnam War Almanac (1985), and Korean War Almanac (1989). A new book, Sound Military Decisions, will be published later this year.

JACK BEATTY (“The Exorbitant Anachronism”) is a senior editor of The Atlantic. He was born in Boston and attended the University of Massachusetts there. He was for several years the literary editor of The New Republic before joining the staff of The Atlantic, in 1983. Beatty is a frequent contributor to the Books and Reports & Comment departments of the magazine. His article “In Harm’s Way” was the May, 1987, cover story.

RICHARD A. STUBBING (“HOW to Save $50 Billion a Year”) has been a professor of public policy at Duke University since 1981. He was previously, for two decades, a specialist on defense issues with the Office of Management and Budget. His co-author, RICHARD A. MENDEL, is a writer specializing in government and public policy. Stubbing and Mendel are the authors of The Defense Game (1986).

DAVID C. MORRISON (“The BuildDown”) is the national-security correspondent for National Journal. From 1982 to 1985 he was a senior research analyst with the Center for Defense Information, in Washington, D.C. In 1987 he won the Olive Branch Award, from the New York University Center for War, Peace and the News Media, for outstanding magazine coverage of nucleararms issues.

NICHOLAS GAETANO (cover artist) is an illustrator and abstract painter who lives in New Jersey. Gaetano’s work has been exhibited in the United States and Japan.

JAMES LIEBER (“A Piece of Yourself in the World”) is a lawyer and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh. Lieber, who specializes in constitutional law, has written about political and social issues in the United States for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and other publications. Lieber’s first article for The Atlantic, “Coping With Cocaine,” was the cover story in the January, 1986, issue.

DAVID OWEN (“The Big Question”) is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. His most recent book is The Man Who Invented Saturday Morning (1988).

DAVID H. ROSENTHAL (“Spain: Thriving Without a State”) has been translating Catalan literature since 1973. He is currently writing a book about jazz.

NICHOLAS LEMANN (“Washington: ‘Gung Ho on O’B’ ”) is The Atlantic’s national correspondent. His two-part history of the federal antipoverty campaign, “The Unfinished War,” appeared in the December, 1988, and January, 1989, issues of The Atlantic.

JAMES FALLOWS (“Japan: Land of Plenty”) is The Atlantic’s Washington editor. His most recent book, More Like Us: Making America Great Again, was published in March by Houghton Mifflin.

MARK JACOBS (“Stone Cowboy on the High Plains”) is the information officer and spokesman at the U.S. embassy in La Paz, Bolivia. This is his first story in The Atlantic.

GUY BlLLOUT (“Vertigo”) was born in Decize, France, and worked in advertising agencies in Paris before moving to New York in 1969 to become a free-lance illustrator. His work has received two gold medals and two silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. Billout’s drawings appear often in The Atlantic.

ANN STANFORD ("The Birds and Columbus”) was the author of eight books of poetry, including In Mediterranean Air (1977). Stanford was the recipient in 1972 of an award from the National Institute of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She died in 1987.

MARVIN BELL (“Comb and Rake”) is a poet who lives in Iowa City and Port Townsend, Washington. His most recent book is New and Selected Poems (1987).

KENNETH BROWER (“The Eighth Continent”) is a frequent contributor to The Atlantic. He is the author of numerous books, including The Starship and the Canoe (1974), Wake of the Whale (1979), Micronesia: the Land, the People and the Sea (1980), and Song for Satawal (1983).

PHYLLIS ROSE (“Creative Spirits”) is a professor of English at Wesleyan University. She is the author of several books, including Jazz Cleopatra, a biography of the dancer Josephine Baker, which will be published in October.

PHOEBE-Lou ADAMS (Brief Reviews) is a staff writer for The Atlantic.

RODGER DOYLE (At Last Count) is the president of Map Makers, a firm devoted to conceiving, producing, and marketing maps for business and the public. His map in this issue is taken from his forthcoming book, The American Chart Book.

CORBY KUMMER (“Over the Coals”) is a senior editor of The Atlantic.

DOROTHY OSBORNE (Acrostic No. 47) crafts puzzles at her home in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

ANNE H. SOUKHANOV (Word Watch) is an executive editor of the trade and reference division of Houghton Mifflin, the publishers of The American Heritage Dictionary.

The June Almanac was compiled with the assistance of Gail Cleere and the staff of the U.S. Naval Observatory, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the New England Aquarium, and the Smithsonian Institution.