Adjunct Professor; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council
Dr. Wayne A. Schroeder teaches Defense Strategy, Planning and Budgeting, U.S. Bilateral Security Agreements, and International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy at The Institute of World Politics. He also teaches directed studies on defense and security-related topics at IWP and served on its 2019 Curriculum Review Committee. Dr. Schroeder is a Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor for the Naval War College’s Fleet Seminar Program (Washington, D.C.), and for Marymount University, where he has taught International Relations, Comparative Politics, Politics of Western Europe, and American Government. He has had a 41-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, where he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. He was also a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee (1981-86) under its chairman, the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), with responsibilities for oversight of DoD research and development programs. Earlier in his career, he served as a Senior Research Analyst with Logicon RDA, and he was on the Corporate Engineering and Washington Operations staff of Lockheed Martin. He served for more than ten years as a strategic intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Captain.
Dr. Schroeder has published more than 30 articles on defense and national security topics and has contributed to numerous trade, industry, and think tank studies. From 2019-20 he served as Project Director for the Atlantic Council’s military mobility task force report, Moving Out: A Comprehensive Assessment of European Military Mobility in Europe (April 2020). His most recent publication is NATO at Seventy: Filling NATO’s Critical Defense-Capability Gaps, published by the Atlantic Council in April 2019. In 2018 he collaborated on an Institute for Defense Analyses study to Congress on financial and non-financial incentives for DoD program managers. Other recent articles include: “Just Calling: The Christian Basis for a Career in Peacemaking,” in Providence (Winter 2017), and “The Future U.S. Defense Budget,” in Orbis (Winter 2017). In 1998, he co-edited Use of Underground Facilities to Protect Critical Infrastructures, a publication of the National Academy Press.
Dr. Schroeder is a member of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), the Economics of National Security Association, the U.S. Naval Institute, and the Eisenhower Foundation. 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, receiving two awards for outstanding leadership in analysis and forecasting.
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. He earned an M.A. in Political Science from Portland State University (1976), and he graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Political Science (1974). Long committed to viewpoint diversity in higher education, Dr. Schroeder is a member of Heterodox Academy. He also served as a member of the Board of Visitors of Mary Washington College from 1995-99. Wayne Schroeder is married to Deborah Fell and resides in Bethesda, MD. He has three children, Eric, Gretchen, and Grace, and three grandchildren, Carson, Ava, and Evelyn.
- NATO at Seventy: Filling NATO’s Critical Defense-Capability Gaps
- Just Calling: The Christian Basis for a Career in Peacemaking
- 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