William Schneider

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Person.png William Schneider  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornNovember 20, 1941
Member ofAmerican Committee for Peace in Chechnya/Members, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 3, Le Cercle
An advocate use of the first-strike use of nuclear weapons. Attendee of Le Cercle

Employment.png Defense Science Board/Chairman

In office
2002 - 2009
Appointed byDonald Rumsfeld
Continued to advocate use of nuclear weapons in some limited first-strike situations.




Schneider served as Under-Secretary of State in the Reagan administration, and later became a member of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). He was one of the signers of the January 26, 1998, PNAC Letter sent to President Bill Clinton that encouraged an attack against Iraq. In that same year he served on the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States, which concluded that Iraq could develop a ballistic missile capable of striking the US in ten years.

In January 2001, as President George W. Bush prepared to take office, Schneider served on a panel for nuclear weapons issues sponsored by the National Institute for Public Policy, a conservative think tank. Other members of the panel included Stephen Hadley, Stephen Cambone, and Robert Joseph, who later were appointed to senior positions in the Bush administration. This panel advocated using tactical nuclear weapons as a standard part of the United States defense arsenal.

In 2001 he was appointed by the US Senate to the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry.


Events Participated in

Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 19833 July 1983Germany
Le Cercle/1984 (Bonn)5 July 19847 July 1984Germany
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