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Scott Roenicke

Associate Professor of Government

Green Hall, Room 1661

Office hours by appointment only


  • M.S. in National Security Strategy, National Defense University
  • M.A. in Security Policy Studies, The George Washington University
  • B.A. in Russian & East European Studies/Russian Language, University of Michigan


Professor Roenicke served as a national policy and strategy advisor in support of the Department of Defense for more than 30 years, during which he supported 8 Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Senior Politico-Military Advisor for Russian Affairs. His areas of responsibility included issues associated with counter-terrorism, European and Asia-Pacific security, nuclear and conventional safety and security, arms control and nonproliferation, emerging technologies, and U.S. and NATO warfighting requirements. He also served as the Director for Russia at the White House in 2012-2013 and was subsequently awarded special letters of commendation from the President of the United States and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Earlier in his career, he worked as a nuclear and conventional arms control expert in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Air Force, and a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee chair. He continues to serve the Department of Defense as a Special Governmental Expert.

Professional Awards

  • Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award
  • National Security Staff Achievement Medal
  • Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal
  • Joint Staff Special Act Award
  • Joint Staff (J-5) Civilian of the Year
  • Excellence in Writing Award from the National Defense University

Courses Taught

  • International Relations
  • Terrorism
  • Post-Communist Politics
  • National Security Senior Seminar

Research Interests

  • Russian Federation and Eurasian States
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • European Security
  • Terrorism/Combating Terrorism
  • Nuclear and Conventional Arms Control
  • Missile Defense
  • Emerging Strategic Systems and Technologies
  • Cyber Security
  • Space Security
  • Government Policy Formulation
  • National Security Strategy
  • Military Operations
  • Asymmetric Measures
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