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Adjunct Professor; Member, Board of Advisors, Foreign Policy Research Institute; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Wayne Schroeder

Professional Experience

Dr. Wayne A. Schroeder teaches Defense Strategy, Planning and BudgetingU.S. Bilateral Security Agreements, and International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy at The Institute of World Politics. He has also conducted directed studies on defense and security-related topics and served on IWP’s 2019 Curriculum Review Committee. Dr. Schroeder also teaches as a Fleet Seminar Professor for the Naval War College’s Theater Security Decision Making course in Washington, D.C., and as an Adjunct Professor for Marymount University, where he has taught Global Security, American Foreign Policy, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Politics of Western Europe, and American Government.  He has had a 43-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. 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 R&D programs.  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 served for more than ten years as a strategic intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Dr. Schroeder has published numerous articles on defense and security topics and 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). He also wrote:  NATO at Seventy: Filling NATO’s Critical Defense-Capability Gaps, published by the Atlantic Council (2019); “Just Calling: The Christian Basis for a Career in Peacemaking,” Providence (Winter 2017); and “The Future U.S. Defense Budget,” Orbis (Winter 2017). He co-edited Use of Underground Facilities to Protect Critical Infrastructures, a publication of the National Academy Press (1998).

Dr. Schroeder is a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), a Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, and on the Board of Directors of Kele Global, an international non-governmental organization operating in Sudan, South Sudan and East Africa supporting communities to build locally driven solutions to current problems through a wide range of youth programs.  He is also a member of 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 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.



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