M.A., Russian/East European Studies, University of Kansas, 2001
B.A., Government and Literature, Claremont McKenna College, 1998
Matthew Schmidt is a dual appointee in National Security and Political Science. Dr.
Schmidt's research focuses on strategic decision-making. Currently he is finishing
a book on using methodologies from design for decision-making under conditions of
extreme uncertainty. In 2012 he was named to FastCompany Magazine's list of the top 100 Most-Creative People in Business for his work linking creative design methodologies to strategic planning. His work has
appeared in ForeignPolicy.com, Military Review, Review of Politics, and Demokratizatsiya. Schmidt founded the "Matters
Military" blog at the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.
Previously he taught military operations planning and political science at the U.S. Army's
School of Advanced Military Studies. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown
University and an M.A. in Russian studies from the University of Kansas.
Matthew J. Schmidt, The Habit of Strategy: Developing Strategic Leaders for Business and Government, TBP by Wiley.
A Science of Context: The Qualitative Approach as Fundamental to Strategic Thought,
in Heather Wolters, Anna Grome, and Ryan Hinds, eds., Enhancing the Army's Strategic
Thinking Capability, (U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences:
Christopher J. Lamb, Matthew J. Schmidt, and Berit G. Fitzsimmons. MRAPs, Irregular
Warfare, and Pentagon Reform. Washington, D.C.: Institute for National Strategic Studies,
National Defense University Press, 2009.
Alex Ryan (Lead), Peter Schifferle, Michael Stewart, Alice Butler-Smith, Matthew Schmidt,
John Rochelle, George Webb (Core Team), Bruce Stanley, Andrew Johnson, Michael Hutchens
(Subject Matter Experts). Art of Design, Student Text, Version 2.0. Leavenworth, KS:
School of Advanced Military Studies, 2009.
Project on National Security Reform. Forging a New Shield. Arlington, VA: Center for
the Study of the Presidency, Project on National Security Reform, 2008.
Future Security Drivers and Trends - 2050, Project on National Security Reform, Institute
for National Security Studies, white paper, 2008.
Description of the Current National Security System of the United States, Preliminary
Findings, Project on National Security Reform, Institute for National Security Studies,
white paper, 2008.
Forging a New Shield. Arlington, VA: Center for the Study of the Presidency, Project
on National Security Reform, 2008. Christopher J. Lamb (Lead), James Douglas Orton,
Matt Shabat, Matthew Schmidt, Rei Tang, David Tucker (Core Team). Is Putin Pursuing a Eurasianist Foreign Policy,? Demokratizatsiya, (Winter 2004-05).
What the Hunt for Red October Can Tell Us about a Culture-Centric Approach to Warfare,
Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute, October 2006.