Gary J. Schmitt is a resident scholar in strategic studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where he studies national security and longer-term strategic issues affecting America’s security at home and its ability to lead abroad. In addition, Dr. Schmitt directs AEI’s Program on American Citizenship, which focuses on constitutional and civic issues.

Dr. Schmitt served as minority staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He was also executive director of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (then known as the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board). Before joining AEI, Dr. Schmitt was executive director of the Project for the New American Century.

He is the author, coauthor, editor, and coeditor of many books. In the area of national security, these include Rise of the Revisionists: Russia, China, and Iran (AEI Press, 2018); A Hard Look at Hard Power: Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key US Allies and Security Partners (Strategic Studies Institute, 2015); 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, 2009); Of Men and Materiel: The Crisis in Military Resources (AEI Press, 2007); Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence, third edition, (Brassey’s, 2002); and US Intelligence at the Crossroads: Agendas for Reform (Brassey’s, 1995). In the area of civics and constitutional studies, these 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); and Trendsetting Charter Schools: Raising the Bar for Civic Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)

Dr. Schmitt has been published widely in the popular press, including in CNN.com, The Financial Times, FoxNews.com, The Hill, The Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, National Review Online, The New York Times, RealClearDefense, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard, among others. His appearances on radio and television include ABC News, C-Span’s “Washington Journal,” Fox News, MSNBC’s “Hardball,” NBC News, and the “PBS NewsHour.”

Dr. Schmitt has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in politics from the University of Dallas.


Experience

  • Project for the New American Century: Executive Director, 1997–2005
  • Consortium for the Study of Intelligence: Coordinator, Working Group on Intelligence Reform, 1995–96
  • National Strategy Information Center: Fellow, 1991–96
  • Johns Hopkins University: Adjunct Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, 1992 and 1994
  • US Department of Defense: Consultant, 1992–93
  • Brookings Institution: Fellow, 1990–91
  • The National Interest: Fellow, 1988–90
  • President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, The White House: Executive Director, 1984–88
  • US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Minority Staff Director, 1982–84; Professional Staff Member, 1981–84
  • University of Virginia: Research Faculty, White Burkett Miller Center for Public Policy, 1977–79

Education

Ph.D., political science, University of Chicago
B.A., politics, University of Dallas