Dr. Wayne A. Schroeder is a Washington, DC-based defense and national security professional with nearly forty years of service in government, industry, public policy, the military, and higher education. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics, where he teaches defense strategy, planning and budgeting, and international organizations and multilateral diplomacy. He also serves as an adjunct professor in comparative politics and American government at Marymount University and is president of the Schroeder Defense Group, from where he engages in defense consulting and writing activities.
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 a professional staff member for the US Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, with responsibilities for oversight of Department of Defense 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 served for more than ten years as a strategic intelligence officer in the US Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Captain.
Schroeder has published more than twenty-five articles on national security-related topics and has contributed to numerous trade and industry studies throughout his career. His most recent article, “Just Calling: The Christian Basis for a Career in Peacemaking,” appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of Providence. His article, “The Future US Defense Budget,” was in the Winter 2017 edition of Orbis. In 1998, he co-edited Use of Underground Facilities to Protect Critical Infrastructures, a publication of the National Academy Press. From 2010-15 he chaired the Macroeconomic/Defense Topline team for TechAmerica and 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.
An H.B. Earhart Foundation Fellow, Schroeder received his PhD in international relations from the University of Southern California in 1981, with a specialization in defense and strategic studies. He earned an MA in political science from Portland State University (1976) and graduated from the University of Oregon, receiving a BA in political science (1974). Long committed to the future of higher education, Schroeder was a member of the Board of Visitors of Mary Washington College (1995-99).
Schroeder is an associate member of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), and a member of the Economics of National Security Association, the US Naval Institute, the Alexander Hamilton Society, and the Eisenhower Foundation. During his career in Washington he has served several times on the national security teams of candidates for US president.
Schroeder is married to Deborah Fell and resides in Bethesda, MD. He has three children, Eric, Gretchen, and Grace, and two grandchildren, Carson and Ava.