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Tammy Schultz

Tammy Schultz

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Tammy Schultz

Adjunct Professor, Maxwell in Washington, D.C.

Director of National Security and Professor of Strategic Studies, U.S. Marine Corps War College


PSC 783: Comparative Foreign Policy 

PAI 700: Policy and Foresight through Fiction

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Georgetown University 


Tammy S. Schultz is the director of the national security and a professor of strategic studies at the U.S. Marine Corps War College and a recipient of the Dr. Elihu Rose Award for Teaching Excellence at Marine Corps University. She also was Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program nomination for outstanding faculty mentor in 2019, where she is an adjunct professor, and also teaches at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Schultz conducts communication plenaries and simulations at the State Department for foreign service officers from new officers to the ambassadors. Previously, she was Center for a New American Security (CNAS) fellow. Prior to joining CNAS, she served as a research fellow and director of research and policy at the U.S. Army’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, and was a Brookings Institution research fellow.

Schultz has been published and is frequently quoted on defense and national security issues in major news outlets. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Areas of Expertise

National strategy, defense, geopolitics, civilian instruments of power, civilian-military relations, counterinsurgency, ethnic conflict and civil war, ground forces, stability and reconstruction operations

Research Interests

Civilian instruments of power, defense, geopolitics, civ-mil Relations, ethnic conflict and civil war

Research Grant Awards and Projects

Currently writing an article/book on USAID and State Department personnel performing in non- of semi-permissive environments without being properly trained or protected for such missions.

Selected Publications

• Selected op-eds/publications: 
o “Americans Will Sacrifice More to Help Ukraine than Most Did for Our Own Wars,” The Washington Post, March 11, 2022
o “One-Third of U.S. Troops Opted Out of the COVID-19 Vaccine. Here's Why That Is Dangerous for National Security,” co-authored with Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Time Magazine, April 6, 2021
o “Training to Thrive in a Toxic National Security Profession,” War on the Rocks, February 7, 2020
o “U.S. Military Law and Policy,” Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019
o “Taming State Violence Against Citizens: A New Perspective on Intrastate Violence,” War on the Rocks, December 5, 2018
o “Tools of Peace and War: Save the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute,” Council on Foreign Relations, Strength Through Peace Bog, July 31, 2018
o “The Road Less Travelled: Both Sides Are Right About Professional Military Education,” War on the Rocks, July 30, 2018
o “Book Review: How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon.”  Joint Forces Quarterly, 4th Quarter, 2017.
o “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” for The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, 2014
o The End of Don’t Tell: The Impact in Studies and Person Essays by Service Members and Veterans, eds. J. Ford Huffman and Tammy S. Schultz.  Quantico: Marine Corps University Press, 2012.  Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 2012.  Reviewed positively by Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and received a “notable non-fiction” award from the American Library Association in 2013.
o “The Sky Won’t Fall: Policy Recommendation for Allowing Homosexuals to Serve Openly in the U.S. Military,” eds. James E. Parco and David Parco, Attitudes Aren’t Free: Thinking Deeply About Diversity in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Maxwell: Air University Press, 2010
o “Why are the Marines the Military’s Biggest Backers of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?’” The Washington Post, November 21, 2010
o “When Robert Gates leaves, It’s Time for a Democratic Defense Secretary,” The Washington Post, October 3, 2010
o “Speaking from the Shoulders of Giants: Obama’s Inaugural Address Will Set Administration’s Tone,” co-authored with Robert Mahoney, The Washington Times, January 20, 2009
o “Waiting Kills in Burma,” The Honolulu Star Bulletin, May 15, 2008
o “Diplomatic Infighting,” The Washington Post, November 2, 2007 
o “Shaping U.S. Ground Forces for the Future: Getting Transformation Right,” co-authored with Michèle A. Flournoy, Center for a New American Security (2007)
o “From Bullets to Ballets: The U.S. Army Role in Stability and Reconstruction Operations,” co-authored with Susan Merrill. Governance in Post-Conflict Societies: Rebuilding Fragile States, edited by Derick W. Brinkerhoff.  New York: Routledge Press, 2007
o “What the Troops Really Need,” co-authored with Janine Davidson, The Washington Post, December 17, 2005
o “Where is the Lone Ranger When We Need Him? America’s Search for a Postconflict Stability Force,” SAIS Review, Summer/Fall 2004

Presentations and Events

Dr. Schultz has been published and is frequently quoted on defense and national security issues in major news outlets.

Honors and Accolades

• Dr. Elihu Rose Award for Teaching Excellence at Marine Corps University
• Georgetown’s Security Studies Program nomination for outstanding faculty mentor 
• Member of the Council on Foreign Relations