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President International Planning Services, Chairman of the Defense Science Board of the US Department of Defense, and former US-Deputy Secretary of Defense, USA
William Schneider, Jr. is President of International Planning Services, Inc., a Washington-based international trade and finance advisory firm, and is an Adjunct Fellow of the Hudson Institute. He was formerly Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology (1982-1986). He served as Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (1981-1982) prior to being nominated as Under Secretary by the President.
In addition, Dr. Schneider serves as an advisor to the U.S. government in several capacities. He is currently a consultant to the Departments of Defense, Energy, and State. He was appointed by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld in March 2001 to serve as Chairman of the Defense Science Board. He also served as a Member of the "Rumsfeld Commission"M (The Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States) established by the Congress to review intelligence information on the current and emerging ballistic missile threat to the US. He currently serves as Chairman of the Department of State's Defense Trade Advisory Group, and previously served as Chairman of the President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament from 1987 to 1993.
Dr. Schneider's responsibilities in the Department of State included management of U.S. foreign economic and military assistance abroad, export control policy (including serving as Chairman of the Senior Interagency Group on the Transfer of Strategic Technology), international telecommunications and information policy (including serving as Chairman of the Senior Interagency Group on International Telecommunications and Information Policy) and supervision of U.S. science attaches posted at U.S. embassies abroad.
He is an economist and defense analyst and was formerly a Staff Associate of the Subcommittees on Defense and Foreign Operations of the Committee on Appropriations in the U.S. House of Representatives and a consultant to the Hudson Institute (New York). Prior to joining the House of Representatives staff in 1977, he was a U.S. Senate staff member (1971-1977) and a professional staff member of the Hudson Institute (1967-1971).
He 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 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.