Dr. Keith B. Payne

Dr. Keith B. Payne
CEO and President

Keith Payne is Professor and Head of the Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Missouri State University (Washington Campus). Dr. Payne is also President and co-founder of the National Institute for Public Policy, a nonprofit research center located in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dr. Payne served in the Department of Defense as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Policy. He received the Distinguished Public Service Medal and the Forces Policy office Dr. Payne led received a Joint Meritorious Unit Award. In this position, Dr. Payne was the head of U.S. delegation in numerous allied consultations and in “Working Group Two” negotiations on BMD cooperation with the Russian Federation. In 2005 he was awarded the Vicennial Medal from Georgetown University for his many years on the faculty of the graduate National Security Studies Program.

Dr. Payne is the Chairman of the U.S. Strategic Command’s Senior Advisory Group, Strategy and Policy Panel, editor-in-chief of Comparative Strategy: An International Journal, and co-chair of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum. He served as a Commissioner on the bipartisan Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, as co-chairman of the Department of Defense’s Deterrence Concepts Advisory Group, and also as a participant or leader of numerous governmental and private studies, including White House studies of U.S.-Russian cooperation, Defense Science Board Studies, and Defense Department studies of missile defense, arms control, and proliferation. He was a primary contributor to the 2001 Nuclear Posture Review, and has served as a consultant to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and participated in the 1998 “Rumsfeld Study” of missile proliferation.

Dr. Payne has lectured on defense and foreign policy issues at numerous colleges and universities in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is the author, co-author, or editor of over one hundred and fifty published articles and eighteen books and monographs, some of which have been translated into German, Russian, Chinese or Japanese. His most recent monograph is entitled, Nuclear Force Adaptability for Deterrence and Assurance: A Prudent Alternative to Minimum Deterrence (with Dr. John Foster). Dr. Payne’s articles have appeared in many major U.S., European and Japanese professional journals and newspapers.

Dr. Payne received an A.B. (honors) in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976, studied in Heidelberg, Germany, and in 1981 received a Ph.D. (with distinction) in international relations from the University of Southern California.