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Matthew Schmidt, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D., Government, Georgetown University, 2011
M.A., Russian/East European Studies, University of Kansas, 2001
B.A., Government and Literature, Claremont McKenna College, 1998

About

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.

Recently Published Books and Articles

Putin Was the First Alt-Right P​r​e​s​i​d​e​n​t​, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

The Good Soldier: How Pompeo Will Shape the CIA, TheHill.

Will Electric Cars Turn the World Upside D​o​w​n​?​, Newsweek.

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: 2013). 

A 21st Century Eisenhower Obama's New New Look Defense Policy, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military blog/column, November 20, 2012, at: http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/

Why doesn't the Army want to be a real Army, and think about its actual tasks?, guest post on The Best Defense, Foreign Policy hosted blog by Pulitzer Prize Winner Tom Ricks, November 6, 2012, at:http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/06/why_doesnt_the_army_want_to_be_a_real_army_and_think_about_its_actual_tasks

Enemies Foreign and Domestic, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Militar blog/column, 
August 28, 2012, at:  http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/  

The Struggle to Deliver Justice in Afghanistan, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military 
blog/column, July 26, 2012, at:  http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/  

The Afghanistan War Report Part II: Blue State, Red State and the Road Ahead, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military blog/column, April 30, 2012, at:  http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/  

The Afghanistan War Report Part I: Looking back on Eleven Years, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military blog/column, April 23, 2012, at:
http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/  

The Next War, A Special Forces War, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military blog/ column, January 10, 2012, at:
http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/  

National Security Reform is Dead! Long Live National Security Reform?, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military blog/column, December 13, 2011, at:
http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/  

Doctrine 2015: The Army's What Now Moment, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military blog/column, November 22, 2011, at:
http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/  

MRAPs, Irregular Warfare, and Pentagon Reform, with Christopher J. Lamb, Joint Forces Quarterly, Issue 55, (4th Quarter 2009). 

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.

Faculty Experts - Media Contact

Karen Grava

Director of Media Relations

(203) 932-7246

In The Media

CBS-WTIC 1080: Ray Dunaway: Maxing Out the Fact Checking Scale

Al Jazeera: Schmidt Discusses North Korea and U.S. Relations

RNN: Matt Schmidt on Richard French Live

BEFM Radio (Korea): Morning Wave in Busan

Al Jazeera: U.S. Has Carried Out Strikes on Syrian Air Base for First Time in Six Year War

Wisconsin Public Radio: How the Strike Against Syria Affects Russia and U.S. Relationship

McClatchy Newspapers: A Birthday Video Call Captures a Telling Moment in Trump’s Russia Connections

WTIC-Fox 61: Looking Back at the Lasting Impact of World War I

WTIC-Fox 61: Matt Schmidt Discusses Syrian Air Strike

Al Jazeera: At Least 11 People Have Been Killed in an Attack in a Metro in Russia

Fox 61: The Real Story: A look at Russian relations

WTIC Radio: Discussion About Russian Submarine Near New London

Al Jazeera Discussion on New Aircraft Carriers

Fox 61: The Real Story looks at Putin: His meddling, his denials, and his end game

Matt Schmidt on Mornings with Ray Dunaway; Discusses Russian Spy Ship

Matt Schmidt Discusses Russian Spy Ship Spotted Offshore of CT Coast

The Real Story Looks at Putin: His Meddling, His Denials, and His End Game

Matt Schmidt on President-Elect Relationship with Russia

Connecticut Senators Questions Trump Cabinet Nominees

Sanctions on Russia After Election Hacking

Matt Schmidt in Spanish Publication

Russia Claims Ties to Trump Campaign: Would it Have Mattered to Voters?