In the NewsJan 18, 2023
Scheunemann in Global National: momentum is building in support of sending tanks for Ukraine
By Leah Scheunemann
Leah Scheunemann was quoted in Global National around 5:58 discussing how momentum is building in support of sending tanks for Ukraine to use in defense of its homeland.
In the NewsNov 17, 2022
Brzezinski and Scheunemann in El Mercurio: NATO reactions to the missile strikes in Poland (in Spanish)
On November 17, TSI NRSF Ian Brzezinski and TSI Deputy Director Leah Scheunemann were quoted on NATO reactions in the wake of wayward missile strikes in Poland (text in Spanish).
MarkupNov 4, 2022
Can the US keep pace with increasing global threats? Our experts decode the National Defense Strategy.
By Atlantic Council experts
We asked our experts at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security to translate all the security speak from the National Defense Strategy to reveal what it all means for the United States' role in the world.
Leah Scheunemann is a nonresident fellow with the Transatlantic Security Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. She currently serves at a private foundation in Washington, DC working on US national security and defense issues. Previously, Scheunemann served as the deputy director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative where she supervised the Initiative’s programming and research covering US transatlantic policy, NATO defense policy, and European security.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Scheunemann served in the Pentagon and was most recently a special assistant to the undersecretary of defense for policy overseeing matters related to international security. In this capacity, she managed and advised the undersecretary on defense policy related to NATO, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, South America, and Africa, and led coordination on international issues with the secretary of defense’s office. Previously in the undersecretary’s office, Scheunemann led on functional policy issues, including implementation of the National Defense Strategy, Missile Defense Strategy, and Nuclear Posture Review, while also overseeing force posture, homeland defense, cyber, space, technology, and security cooperation issues. Scheunemann began her time in the Pentagon as the secretary of defense’s country director for the United Kingdom and Ireland in the European and NATO Affairs office. Notably, she was given the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Achievement for her accomplishments, including founding a cross-Pentagon program to enhance cooperation with the United Kingdom on next-generation capabilities. Scheunemann was also twice awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for her work in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Formerly, Scheunemann was a professional staff member at the Senate Armed Services Committee and had responsibility for readiness, logistics, maintenance, and budget issues, while also supporting NATO and European defense policy. Prior to the Hill, Scheunemann was a research assistant at the Center for European Policy Analysis and also had internships at the Washington Free Beacon and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Scheunemann is a Master of Public and International Affairs candidate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where her research focuses on international security policy and the rise of populism in Central Europe. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from American University and spent a wonderful year abroad at the Charles University in Prague and the Free University in Berlin.