Loren DeJonge Schulman

Areas of Expertise

U.S. National Security, U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy, Civil-military Relations.

Loren DeJonge Schulman is the Deputy Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security, a bipartisan national security think tank in Washington, DC. There, she oversees the research program and leads projects on national security reform, the politics and process of use of force decision-making, and women in national security.  Prior to joining CNAS, she spent ten years in senior staff positions in the White House and the Department of Defense. She most recently served as the Senior Advisor to National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Before returning to the White House in 2013, she was Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, advising on security policy issues related to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia. She served as Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council staff from 2011­–2012 and, prior to that, she worked as a special assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Ms. Schulman is also an affiliate of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. She began her career in government as a Presidential Management Fellow. Raised in Texas, she received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and international studies from Trinity University and her Master in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota as a Distinguished Fellow for International Peace and Conflict Studies.


Master in Public Policy, University of Minnesota

B.A. in Political Science and International Studies, Trinity University


Articles & Book chapters (selection):

Loren DeJonge Schulman (2018). Beyond Magical Thinking: Policymakers’ Relationship with Drones and National Security Decisionmaking.  Center for a New American Security.

Loren DeJonge Schulman, Alexandra Sander, Madeline Christian (2017). The Rocky Relationship Between Washington and Silicon Valley.  Center for a New American Security.

Loren DeJonge Schulman (2017). Washington is Never Quite Sure Where it is at War.  The Atlantic Online.

Loren DeJonge Schulman (2017). Too Many Generals in the Situation Room?  Lawfare.

Loren DeJonge Schulman (2017). Breaking the General Rule. The World Today (Chatham House)

Classes Taught

IAFF 6898/6899 U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Interests (Global Capstone)