Student, Mexico City College, 1948; Bachelor of Arts History, Sociology and Business Administration, David Lipscomb U., 1949; Master of Arts in the United States Political History, Foreign Policy and Management-Labor Relations, George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, 1951; graduate, United States Air U., 1967; postgraduate in international relations, American U., 1956-1959; Doctor of Laws, School of Americas, Republic of Panama, 1970; honorary Doctor of Laws, Inter-American Air Force Academy, Panama, 1970.
Motion picture director-writer industrial productions, Tasco Motion Pictures Corporation, Atlanta, 1952-1953; director admissions, Florida Southern College, 1953-1956; instructor Western civilization, management, labor relations, Florida Southern College, 1956-1957; assistant professor Latin American history, political science, Florida Southern College, 1957-1961; department chairman American culture, Florida Southern College, 1955-1956; associate executive director, editor, Florida Citizenship Clearinghouse board directors, Florida Citizenship Clearinghouse, 1957-1961; delegate National Clearinghouse, Florida Citizenship Clearinghouse, 1957; private researcher, lecturer, professional speech writer, including research andsurveys in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Panama, and Soviet Union, 1962-1964; assistant professor of history and political science, Pepperdine U., 1964-1966; associate professor international relations Graduate School, United States Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, 1966-1968; senior professor, United States Defense Intelligence Agency, 1968-1970; president, General Research and Development Company, Washington, since 1970; executive director, American Association for Study of the United States in World Affairs, Annandale, Virginia, 1978-1983; president, American Association for Study of the United States in World Affairs, Annandale, Virginia, since 1983; lecturer, 1970-1978; member international relations committee, faculty Graduate School, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, 1969-1974; lecturer, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, 1973-1976.
Republican nominee for superintendent public education State of Florida, 1960. Served with United States Army 1945-1947, European Theatre of Operations, Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. Member American Association for Study United States in World Affairs (president), United States in WorldAffairs Institute (dean since 1980), American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Veterans of World World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Pi Gamma Mu, Sigma Tau Delta.
Married Lee Ann Gillen. Children: Amy, Gilbert Payton Junior, Susan.