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 recent books include The Imperial Presidency and the Constitution (Rowman &Littlefield, 2017), Is Congress Broken? The Virtues and Defects of Partisanship and Gridlock (Brookings Institution Press, 2017), The Professions and Civic Life (Lexington Books, 2016), A Hard Look at Hard Power: Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key US Allies and Security Partners (Strategic Studies Institute, 2015) and Trendsetting Charter Schools: Raising the Bar for Civic Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). He is also an author or contributing editor of Safety, Liberty and Islamist Terrorism: American and European Approaches to Domestic Counterterrorism (AEI Press, 2010); The Rise of China: Essays on the Future Competition (Encounter Books, May 2009); Of Men and Materiel: The Crisis in Military Resources (AEI Press, 2007);  Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence (Brassey’s, 2002); and U.S. Intelligence at the Crossroads: Agendas for Reform (Brassey’s, 1995).


  • 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