Wayne A. Schroeder

Adjunct Professor

Professional Experience

Dr. Wayne A. Schroeder teaches Defense Strategy, Planning and Budgeting and International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy at The Institute of World Politics. Dr. Schroeder also serves as an Adjunct Professor in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and American Government at Marymount University. He has had a career of nearly 40 years in Washington, D.C. with service in government, industry, public policy, the military, 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, where he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. He was a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, with responsibilities for oversight of DoD research and development programs during the critical years of the Reagan defense buildup (1981-86). Earlier in his career he served as a Senior Research Analyst with Logicon RDA supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and was on the Corporate Engineering and Washington Operations staff of Lockheed Martin. He served as a strategic intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Captain. 

Dr. Schroeder has published more than 25 articles on national security-related topics and has contributed to numerous trade and industry studies throughout his career. His most recent article, "Just Calling: The Christian Basis for a Career in Peacemaking," appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of Providence. His article, "The Future U.S. Defense Budget," was in the Winter 2017 edition of Orbis. From 2010-15 he chaired the Macroeconomic/Defense Topline team for the Professional Services Council's annual vision forecast to the aerospace and defense industry, and received two awards for outstanding leadership in analysis and forecasting.  In 1998, he co-edited Use of Underground Facilities to Protect Critical Infrastructures, a publication of the National Academy Press.

An H.B. Earhart Foundation Fellow, Dr. Schroeder received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California in 1981, with a specialization in Defense and Strategic Studies.  He earned an M.A. in Political Science from Portland State University (1976), and also graduated from the University of Oregon (1974), receiving a B.A. in Political Science.  Long committed to the future of higher education, Dr. Schroeder was a member of the Board of Visitors of Mary Washington College (1995-99).  Dr. Schroeder is an Associates Member of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), and a member of the Economics of National Security Association, the US Naval Institute, the Alexander Hamilton Society and the Eisenhower Foundation.

Wayne Schroeder is married to Deborah Fell and resides in Bethesda, MD.  He has three children, Eric, Gretchen, and Grace, and two grandchildren, Carson and Ava.


  Defense Strategy, Planning and Budgeting
  International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy
  U.S. Bilateral Security Agreements


  Just Calling: The Christian Basis for a Career in Peacemaking
  The Future U.S. Defense Budget
  Needed: A Forward Looking, Yet Affordable Defense Program
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