Gary Schmitt is the co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at AEI and the director of AEI’s Program on American Citizenship. Mr. Schmitt is a former staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He was executive director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board during President Ronald Reagan’s second term. Mr. Schmitt’s security work focuses on longer-term strategic issues that will affect America’s security at home and its ability to lead abroad, while his work in the area of citizenship focuses on challenges to maintaining and sustaining a strong civic culture. His books include Of Men and Materiel: The Crisis in Military Resources (AEI Press, 2007), to which he was a contributing author and editor with Tom Donnelly; Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence (Brassey’s, 2002), coauthored with Abram Shulsky and now in its third edition; and U.S. Intelligence at the Crossroads: Agendas for Reform (Brassey’s, 1995), a coedited volume to which he is a contributing author. His most recent books, to which he is also editor and contributing author, are  The Rise of China: Essays on the Future Competition (Encounter Books, May 2009), Safety, Liberty and Islamist Terrorism: American and European Approaches to Domestic Counterterrorism (AEI Press, 2010), and A Hard Look at Hard Power: Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key US Allies and Security Partners (Strategic Studies Institute, 2015). Schmitt has also coedited Trendsetting Charter Schools: Raising the Bar for Civic Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) with Cheryl Miller.


  • Executive Director, Project for the New American Century, 1997-2005
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1996-97
  • Consultant, U.S. Department of Defense, 1992-93
  • Fellow, The National Interest, Brookings Institution, and National Strategy Information Center, 1988-96
  • Executive Director, President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, White House, 1984-88
  • Minority Staff Director, 1982-84; Professional Staff Member, 1981-84, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Research Faculty, White Burkett Miller Center for Public Policy, University of Virginia, 1977-79


Ph.D., University of Chicago
B.A., University of Dallas