Colonel Todd A Schmidt

Colonel Todd A Schmidt

Schmidt, Todd

Colonel Todd A. Schmidt, Ph.D., currently serves as Director, Army University Press at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Military Review Journal – The Army’s Premiere Professional Journal for practitioners. He also serves as Executive Producer of Army University Films, informing professional military education across Army University and beyond.

Colonel Schmidt’s experience includes working at the highest levels of the Department of Defense and with Combatant Commands. He served in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense coordinating with the White House and National Security Council. He served on the Department of the Army Staff and in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army working long-range budget strategy and enterprise business transformation initiatives. He has significant experience drafting national policy and advising global missile defense planning. He has worked closely with NATO, Middle East, and Indo-Pacific allies and partners leading NIMBLE TITAN, the Department of Defense’s premier international missile defense strategic policy wargame series.

Colonel Schmidt commanded at the platoon, company, and battalion levels. He deployed multiple times throughout the United States Central Command Area of Responsibility. He is a recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He has been inducted into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and the Honorable Order of Saint Gabriel the Archangel.

Colonel Schmidt is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Chatham House in London, the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles, the International Relations Council of Kansas City, and a former term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a life member of AUSA, the 82nd Airborne Association, the 25th Infantry Division Association, the VFW, DAV, and the American Legion. He volunteers as Secretary for the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army; and is active with the Command and General Staff College Foundation and local Rotary.

Colonel Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Kansas; MPA, Georgetown University; MMAS, School of Advanced Military Studies; is a distinguished military graduate from Indiana University; and a former Indiana Governor’s Fellow. He is frequently invited to speak and host scholarly events and panels at USMA, the Army War College, and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He frequently collaborates with Washington, D.C.-based think tanks, such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies and U.S. Diplomatic Studies Foundation. He is published in several outlets, such as AUSA’s ARMY Magazine, and other journals, all available on his website,

His book, Silent Coup of the Guardians, recently released by University Press of Kansas, is recognized by Army University for its excellence in scholarship and positive contribution to the Command and General Staff College mission and reputation. For more information, please visit He is married and resides in Overland Park, Kansas.