Wayne A. Schroeder

Member - FPRI Board of Advisors

Dr. Wayne A. Schroeder is a Fleet Seminar Professor for the U.S. Naval War College, and an Adjunct Professor for the Institute of World Politics and Marymount University. He has had a 43-year career in Washington, DC with service in government, industry, public policy, the military, and higher education.  Dr. Schroeder has taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels on such subjects as Theater Security Decision Making, Defense Strategy, Planning and Budgeting, U.S. Bilateral Security Agreements, International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy, Global Security, American Foreign Policy, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Politics of Western Europe, and American Government.  He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council.

Wayne 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 US 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 during the critical years of the Reagan defense buildup.   Dr. Schroeder has published more than 30 articles on various 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). He also wrote NATO at Seventy: Filling NATO’s Critical Defense-Capability Gaps, published by the Atlantic Council in April 2019.

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).  He served as a member of the Board of Visitors of Mary Washington College from 1995-99.  Long committed to viewpoint diversity in higher education, Dr. Schroeder is a member of Heterodox Academy. He is also on the Board of Directors of Kele Global, an international non-governmental organization operating in Sudan, South Sudan and East Africa that supports communities build locally driven solutions to current problems through a wide range of youth programs.