Gary Glass

Professor Emeritus of the Practice of International Relations

Research & Practice Areas

American National Security, Foreign Policy, and Political Process; International Arms Control and Security; Secruity Affairs; Regional studies: Russia & Asia


Dr. Wayne Glass currently serves as a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the School of International Relation at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He comes to this position from his former position as Senior Defense Policy Advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman from New Mexico. As the Senator’s principal staff advisor for his position on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Dr. Glass’ broad portfolio included all major defense policy issues, including personnel matters, research and development programs, weapons procurement, arms control, and foreign policy. In addition, since major Department of Energy weapons laboratories at Los Alamos and Sandia are located in New Mexico, Wayne also advised Senator Bingaman on DOE’s Stockpile Stewardship and Nonproliferation programs, in particular, those involving cooperative work with Russia’s nuclear weapons research complex. Among a myriad of Senate duties, Dr. Glass provided legislative assistance and counsel to Senator Bingaman on all defense and foreign policy related legislation since 1996.

Prior to serving in the Senate, Dr. Glass accumulated a long academic and public service career focusing on defense policy issues. Following his graduation as a Political Science/Russian Studies major at Princeton in 1968, Wayne served as an officer in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and subsequently completed graduate degrees at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. He completed his PhD at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1983, focusing his work on arms control and weapons acquisition policies. During 1997-2000, Dr. Glass held an Adjunct Professor position at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University where he instructed graduate classes in courses on the defense budget and weapons acquisition processes. Dr. Glass also held a position as Adjunct Professor in the Political Science Department at Pepperdine University during 2002-2008 where he taught courses on American Foreign Policy and Political Transformation in Post Soviet States.

His Washington career began as a Presidential Management Intern in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He gained his expertise regarding defense acquisition policy as a Program Analyst in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, now the Under Secretary for Acquisition. In that position, he provided mission and cost effectiveness analysis for major weapon systems to the Pentagon’s principal weapons acquisition oversight board, the Defense Acquisition Board. He also prepared major issue papers for the Defense Department’s annual program budget review, and served as the speechwriter on acquisition policy matters for the Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense.

In 1986, Dr. Glass accepted a position as Principal Analyst in the National Security Division of the Congressional Budget Office where he served for over a decade. While at CBO, he published numerous studies on a wide range of important defense issues including defense acquisition policies, environmental cleanup of military bases, the costs and benefits of closing military bases, and defense economics. He also prepared testimony for the Director and Deputy Director of the Congressional Budget Office for Congressional hearings regarding key defense policy issues.


  • Ph.D. International Studies, University of Denver, 1/1983
  • M.A. Public Administration, University of Colorado, 6/1979
  • M.A. International Relations, University of Denver, 6/1977
  • B.A. Political Science/Russian Studies, Princeton University, 5/1968
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • Professor of the Practice of International Relations, University of Southern California, 2002-09-
    • Senior Defense Policy Advisor, Office U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, 07/04/1996-01/31/2002
    • Principal Analyst, Congressional Budget Office, 07/04/1986-07/04/1996
    • Senior Program Analyst, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 07/04/1979-07/04/1986
    • Officer, U.S. Navy, 06/01/1968-06/01/1972
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Retired from federal service in 2002. Assumed teaching duties in the School of International Relations in fall 2002. Federal career in national security and foreign policy: 1968-1972 Officer, U.S. Navy. 1978 Graduate Intern U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. 1979-1981 Presidential Management Intern, Office of the Secretary of Defense. 1981-1986 Senior Program Analyst, Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition. 1986-1996 Senior Analyst, National Security Division, Congressional Budget Office. 1996-2002 Senior Defense Policy Advisor, Senator Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senate. Subsequent to retirement, in addition to faculty duties at USC, I served as Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science, Pepperdine University until December 2008. I am currently a senior consultant to the Physicians for Social Responsibility and Global Green USA—both of Los Angeles and Washington DC.

  • Conference Presentations

    • Nontraditional Approaches to Teaching International Relations , ISA WestTalk/Oral Presentation, ISA West, Invited, Pasadena , 2010-2011
    • Nontraditional Approaches to Teaching International Relations , ISSS-ISACRoundtable/Panel, ISSS-ISAC, Invited, Irvine , 2010-2011
    • Nonproliferation Education Program , Carnegie Conference on Nuclear SecurityRoundtable/Panel, Carnegie Foundation, Invited, Washington DC, Spring 2011
    • Interactive Learning Design , ISA WestTalk/Oral Presentation, Invited, USC , Fall 2010
    • Using Simulations In Classrooms , ISA WestTalk/Oral Presentation, ISA West, Invited, USC, Fall 2010
    • Discussant: Nuclear Express by Thomas Reed , Visons and Voices Program. Discussant: “Nuclear Express by Thomas Reed” October 2009Roundtable/Panel, Visons and Voices Program, Invited, USC, 10/2009
    • Scholarship Dinner Speaker Talk/Oral Presentation, Lamda Chi Alpha, Invited, USC, 10/2009
    • Scholarship Dinner, Speaker Talk/Oral Presentation, Kappa Alpha Theta, Invited, USC, 10/2009
    • Comparing Presidents Obama and Bush: Nonproliferation Policies and Programs , International Studies Association West ConferenceTalk/Oral Presentation, Invited, San Francisco, CA, 09/2009
    • Iranian Economy at a Crossroads Roundtable/Panel, USC Dept. of Economics, School of International Re, Invited, 09/2009
    • Nonproliferation Education Initiatives , Carnegie Foundation Conference on NonproliferationRoundtable/Panel, Invited, Washington DC, 04/2009
    • Foreign Policy Issues in the US Presidential Campaign , (th Annual Pacific Rim ConferenceTalk/Oral Presentation, Far East National University, Invited, Wladivostok, Russia, 07/2008

    Other Presentations

    • Media Coverage Conflict in Georgia, Center for International Studies, USC, 2010-2011
    • Using Policy Making Simulations, ISA Conference, San Diego, CA, 2006-2007
    • Working in Washington DC, FSEM 180, Fall 2010
    • Faculty Fellow, Center for Excellence in Teaching, USC, 2010-2011
    • Stephen B. Sample Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award, USC Parents Association, 2009-2010
    • Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Professor of the Year, 2007-2008
    • USC Innovative Teaching Award, Fund For Innovative Teaching, 2007/06-2008/06
    • USC Innovative Teaching Award, Beyond The Boundaries Teaching Award, Spring 2007
  • Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

    • Unruh Institute Panel on Student Internships, 2011 –
    • Center for Excellence in Teaching: Training Program for Teaching Assistants, 2010 –
    • Reverse Osmosis, USC a capella singing group
      , 2009 –
    • USC Civilian Miltary Student Caucus, 2008 –
    • Faculty Advisor Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Fall 2011
    • USC Ambassador, Office of the President, Fall 2011
    • IRUA Presentation on career planning and internships in Washington DC., Fall 2010
  • Committees

    • Member, Subcommittee on Non-tenure Track Faculty to USC Academic Senate, 2010 –
    • Member, Director’s Review Committee for non-tenure track faculty evaluation, 2010 –
    • Member, Assistant to Director, NonTenure Track Faculty relations Committee, 2009-2010
    • Member, Director, School of International Relations Advisory Board, 2009-2010
    • Member, Assistant to Director, NonTenure Track Faculty relations Committee, 2008-2009
    • Member, Director, School of International Relations Advisory Board, 2008-2009
  • Conferences Organized

    • co-host, SIR Teleconference Washington DC Jobs, USC, Fall 2010

    Professional Memberships

    • International Studies Association, 2002 –
    • International Institute of Strategic Studies, 2008-2009
    • American Political Science Association, 2002 – 2008
    • Arms Control Association, 2002 – 2008
    • Los Angeles World Affairs Council, 2002 – 2008