William Schneider, Jr. is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He is 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 U.S. Senate from 1971 to 1976, and professional staff member at the U.S. 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 U.S. foreign economic and military assistance abroad, arms transfers, export controls, international telecommunications, and the supervision of U.S. science attachés posted at U.S. embassies abroad.
Subsequent to his government service, Dr. Schneider has served as an advisor to the U.S. 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 U.S. 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, U.S. strategic forces, theater nuclear forces, and unconventional warfare.
Dr. Schneider received his Ph.D. degree 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.