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William Schneider, Jr. is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He is an expert in economics and defense strategy, and has held numerous senior roles in the US government. 

Biography

William Schneider, Jr. is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He is a Washington-based economist and defense analyst and also serves as president of International Planning Services, Inc., an international trade and finance advisory firm.

Dr. Schneider was a staff member at Hudson Institute from 1967 to 1971, professional staff member of the US Senate from 1971 to 1976, and professional staff member at the US House of Representatives from 1976 to 1981. He subsequently served as the associate director for national security and international affairs at the Office of Management and Budget from 1981 to 1982 prior to being nominated as under secretary of state for security assistance, science and technology by President Reagan, in which post he served from 1982 to 1986.

Dr. Schneider's responsibilities in the Department of State included management and policy coordination of US foreign economic and military assistance abroad, arms transfers, export controls, international telecommunications; and supervision of US science attachés posted at US embassies abroad.

Subsequent to his government service, Dr. Schneider has served as an advisor to the US government in several capacities. He served as Chairman of the president's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament from 1987 to 1993. He also served on several presidential commissions and government advisory bodies in the fields of counter-terrorism, intelligence, foreign affairs, defense, and economic policy. He is a member of the Defense Science Board in the Department of Defense and served as its chair from 2001 to 2009. In addition, he serves in a advisory capacity to the US Departments of Energy, Defense, and State. William Schneider, Jr. is the author of several works on defense policy including Why ABM? Policy Issues in the Missile Defense Controversy (Pergamon, 1969); Arms, Men, and Military Budgets (Transaction Press), an annual review of defense budget issues. He is also wrote Food, Foreign Policy, and Raw Material Cartels (Crane, Russak, 1976), a work on economic warfare. Dr. Schneider has also published numerous articles and monographs on defense and foreign policy, US strategic forces, theater nuclear forces, and unconventional warfare.

Dr. Schneider received his PhD from New York University in 1968. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Events
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June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Thinking the Unthinkable Part II: What if Putin Wins in Ukraine?
Featured Speakers:
David Asher
Bryan Clark
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Kenneth R. Weinstein
William Schneider
21
June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Thinking the Unthinkable Part II: What if Putin Wins in Ukraine?

This event will premiere on this page LIVE at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 21. Register for the event here.

Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00AM
Featured Speakers:
David Asher
Bryan Clark
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Kenneth R. Weinstein
William Schneider
20
June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Breaking the Black Sea Blockade: How NATO Can Stop Russia’s Assault on the World’s Food Supply?
Featured Speakers:
William Schneider
Peter Rough
Bryan Clark
Michael Doran
Part of the port of Odessa, one of Ukraine's major gateways to the world on the Black Sea, is seen on March 28, 2022, in Odessa, Ukraine. (Getty Images)
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June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Breaking the Black Sea Blockade: How NATO Can Stop Russia’s Assault on the World’s Food Supply?

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, June 20. Register for the event here.

Monday 8:00 - 9:00AM
Part of the port of Odessa, one of Ukraine's major gateways to the world on the Black Sea, is seen on March 28, 2022, in Odessa, Ukraine. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
William Schneider
Peter Rough
Bryan Clark
Michael Doran
29
March 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Thinking About the Unthinkable in Ukraine: Could Putin Use Weapons of Mass Destruction?
Featured Speakers:
David Asher
Bryan Clark
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
William Schneider
Kenneth R. Weinstein
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 18, 2022. (Getty Images)
29
March 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Thinking About the Unthinkable in Ukraine: Could Putin Use Weapons of Mass Destruction?

This event will premiere on this page LIVE at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, March 29. Register for the event here.

Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 18, 2022. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
David Asher
Bryan Clark
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
William Schneider
Kenneth R. Weinstein
15
February 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Centenary of Herman Kahn: Assessing His Intellectual Legacy
Featured Speakers:
William Schneider
Kenneth R. Weinstein
15
February 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Centenary of Herman Kahn: Assessing His Intellectual Legacy

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EST, Tuesday, February 15. Register for the event here.

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00AM
Featured Speakers:
William Schneider
Kenneth R. Weinstein
A Ukrainian soldier walks along a trench at a position along the front line in the Donetsk region on August 15, 2022. (Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images)
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A Ukrainian soldier walks along a trench at a position along the front line in the Donetsk region on August 15, 2022. (Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images)
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Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Europe and Eurasia
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Senior Fellow (Non-Resident)
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