Wayne A. Schroeder

Adjunct Professor; President, Schroeder Defense Group

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 is also President of the Schroeder Defense Group, a defense consulting firm in Bethesda, MD.  He has had a 38-year career in Washington, DC 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, 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 and was a Senior Research Analyst with Logicon RDA.  Dr. Schroeder was also Editor of the National Security Record newsletter at The Heritage Foundation and served as a strategic intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Captain. 

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 earning an M.A. in Political Science from Portland State University (1976), he served as a graduate teaching assistant in American Foreign Policy and International Politics for 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 was a member of the Board of Visitors of Mary Washington College (1995-99), having been appointed by then Virginia Governor George F. Allen, Jr.  

Dr. Schroeder has published more than 25 articles on national security-related topics and contributed to numerous trade and industry studies throughout his career. His most recent article, "The Future U.S. Defense Budget," appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of Orbis.  In 1998, he co-edited Use of Underground Facilities to Protect Critical Infrastructures, published by the National Academy Press.  From 2010-2015 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.  Dr. Schroeder is also an Associate Fellow with the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA,), an Associates Member of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), and a member of the Economics of National Security Association, the US Naval Institute, and the Alexander Hamilton Society.

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


  Defense Strategy, Planning and Budgeting
  International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy
  International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy


  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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