Professional Experience

Dr. Wayne A. Schroeder teaches Defense Strategy, Planning and Budgeting, Bilateral Security Agreements, and International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy at The Institute of World Politics.  Dr. Schroeder is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council.  He teaches as an Adjunct Professor in International Relations, Comparative Politics and American Government at Marymount University and is President of the Schroeder Defense Group LLC.  He has had a 40-year career 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.  As a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, he had 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 and was on the Corporate Engineering and Washington Operations staff of Lockheed Martin. He also served 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 national security-related topics and has contributed to numerous trade and industry studies throughout his career. His most recent publication, “NATO at Seventy: Filling NATO’s Critical Defense-Capability Gaps,” was published by the Atlantic Council in April 2019.  In December 2018, he collaborated on an Institute for Defense Analyses study to Congress on financial and non-financial incentives for DoD program managers.  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, receiving 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 Associate Member of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), and a member of the Economics of National Security Association, the U.S. 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 three grandchildren, Carson, Ava, and Evelyn.