William Schneider

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BornNovember 20, 1941
Member ofAmerican Committee for Peace in Chechnya, BAE Systems, Center for Security Policy, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 3, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Le Cercle, Project for the New American Century
An advocate use of the first-strike use of nuclear weapons. Attendee of Le Cercle

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In office
2002 - 2009
Appointed byDonald Rumsfeld
Continued to advocate use of nuclear weapons in some limited first-strike situations.

William Schneider Jr. is a US defense analyst with close ties to the military-industrial complex.

Career 1970-2001

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.

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.[1]

These positions puts him right in the middle of the secret deep state policies that were partly revealed during the Iran-Contra Scandal.

Schneider became a member of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). He was one of the signers of the January 26, 1998, PNAC Letter sent to President Bill Clinton that encouraged an attack against Iraq. In that same year he served on the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States, which concluded that Iraq could develop a ballistic missile capable of striking the US in ten years.

Career 2001 -

In January 2001, as President George W. Bush prepared to take office, Schneider served on a panel for nuclear weapons issues sponsored by the National Institute for Public Policy, a conservative think tank. Other members of the panel included Stephen Hadley, Stephen Cambone, and Robert Joseph, who later were appointed to senior positions in the Bush administration. This panel advocated using tactical nuclear weapons as a standard part of the United States defense arsenal.

In 2001 he was appointed by the US Senate to the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry.

He was also on several Presidential commissions and government advisory bodies in the fields of counter-terrorism, intelligence, foreign affairs, defense, and economic policy. From 2001-2009, he worked as Chairman of the Defense Science Board in the Department of Defense. In addition, he served in a advisory capacity to the U.S. Departments of Energy, Defense, and State.


He is the founder and former chairman of the Department of State’s Department of State/Defense Trade Advisory Group (1992–2018)

Schneider was on the boards of various defense contractors, including BAE Systems, Inc.,[2] an American subsidiary of the British defense contractor BAE Systems Plc. that is chaired by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

He also wrote Food, Foreign Policy, and Raw Material Cartels (Crane, Russak, 1976), a work on economic warfare. Schneider has also published numerous articles and monographs on defense and foreign policy, U.S. strategic forces, theater nuclear forces, and unconventional warfare.


Events Participated in

Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 19833 July 1983Germany
Le Cercle/1984 (Bonn)5 July 19847 July 1984Germany
Held in Bonn, West Germany, the list of the 36 visitors was published online in 2011.