Wayne A. Schroeder

Professor; President, Schroeder Defense Group

Professional Experience

Dr. Wayne A. Schroeder teaches Defense Strategy, Planning and Budgeting at The Institute of World Politics.  Dr. Schroeder is President of the Schroeder Defense Group, a defense consulting firm located in Bethesda, MD.  He has had a 37-year career in Washington, with service in government, industry, public policy and higher education.  Dr. Schroeder served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Resource Planning/Management) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) from 2001-2004, and was a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee (1981-1986).  Earlier in his career he served on the Corporate Engineering and Washington Operations staffs of Lockheed Martin, was a Senior Research Analyst with Logicon RDA, and was Editor of the National Security Record newsletter at The Heritage Foundation.

An H.B. Earhart Foundation Fellow, Dr. Schroeder received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California in 1981, specializing in Defense and Strategic Studies under program director Dr. William R. Van Cleave.  While receiving an M.A. in Political Science from Portland State University (1976), he served as a graduate teaching assistant in international politics for both Dr. John Swarthout and Dr. John Damis.  He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1974, receiving a B.A. in Political Science. 

Long committed to the future of higher education, Dr. Schroeder served as a member of the Board of Visitors of Mary Washington College (1995-99), having been appointed by Virginia Governor George F. Allen, Jr.  He has published more than 25 articles on national security-related topics during his career and also contributed to numerous trade and industry studies. He chaired the Macroeconomic/Defense Topline team for the Professional Services Council's annual forecast to industry from 2010-2015. Dr. Schroeder was a strategic intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Captain.

He is married to Deborah Fell and resides in Bethesda, MD.  He has three children: Eric, Gretchen, and Grace, and a grandson, Carson.  He is known to attend a few Washington Nationals baseball games.  


  Defense Strategy, Planning and Budgeting
  International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy


  The Future U.S. Defense Budget
  Needed: A Forward Looking, Yet Affordable Defense Program
  Reinvigorating the Field of National Security: A Call to the Next Generation