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Schroeder,  Matt 

Full Name:  Schroeder,  Matt 
Program Name: Arms Trade
Title: Project Director
Phone Number: (202) 454-4693
Fax: (202) 675-1010
Email: mschroeder (at)


Matt Schroeder  is the director of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Since joining FAS in February 2002, he has researched and written on U.S. arms transfers, arms export policies, and the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.

He is the author of The Small Arms Trade (London: Oneworld Publications, 2007) and has written chapters for the SIPRI Yearbook and the Small Arms Survey’s annual Yearbook.  Articles he has written have appeared in the Arms Control Today, Baltimore Sun, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Defense News, Disarmament Forum and Jane’s Intelligence Review.

From 2002 to 2003, Matt served as chair of the Arms Transfers Working Group, an alliance of arms control, human rights and religious groups based in Washington, DC.

Before coming to the FAS, Matt earned a master's degree in international security policy from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in history from Wittenberg University.


2013 October 31: Small Arms Survey, "Parts For Small Arms And Light Weapons"
2013 October 11: FAS Report, "The MANPADS Threat And International Efforts To Address It"
2013 May: Small Arms Survey, "Ad Hoc Arsenals- PSSM Practices of Selected Non-State Actors"
2013 February: Small Arms Survey, "Accessories for Small Arms and Light Weapons"
2012 August: Small Arms Survey 2012 Moving Targets (Cambridge University Press),"Surveying the Battlefield: Illicit Arms In Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia," with Ben King
2012 August: Small Arms Survey 2012: Moving Targets"Piece by Piece: Authorized Transfers of Parts and Accessories," with Janis Grzybowski and Nicholas Marsh
2012 August: Small Arms Survey 2012: Moving Targets"Annexe 8.1: Methodology," with Janis Grzybowski and Nicholas Marsh
2011 July: Small Arms Survey, "Larger But Less Known - Authorized Light Weapons Transfers"
2011 April 15: Jane's Intelligence Review, "Holy Grails - Libya Loses Control of Its MANPADS" (subscription required)

In the News:

2013 November 6: Washington Times, "Missiles Flow Into Syria, RIsk Falling Into Hands Of Al Qaeda"
2013 October 18: New York Times, "The Most Lethal Weapon Americans Faced In Iraq"
2013 October 17: New York Times, "Insight Into How Insurgents Fought In Iraq"
2013 October 17: Fierce Homeland Security, "Report: Terrorists With MANPADS Still A Threat To Commercial Planes"
2013 October 12: Israel National News, "Scientists Warn Against Loose Missiles In Syria"
2013 October 11: Associated Press, "Report Warns Of Threat Posed By Anti-Aircraft Missiles Taken From Syrian Military Arsenals"
2013 August 11: The Independent, "Revealed: What The West Has Given Syria's Rebels"
2013 July 24: New York Times, "The Risky Missile System That Syria's Rebels Believe They Need"
2013 June 18: International Business Times, "Libya, Armed And Dangerous: Piles Of Weapons Fuel Illicit Exportation Of War"
2013 June 14: Popular Mechanics, "What's On The Menu For The Proxy War In Syria?"
2013 June 14: Foreign Policy, "Syria's Rebels Already Have Advanced Missiles. But How Did They Get There?"
2013 June 7: The Daily Mail, "France Moves Closer To Arming Syrian Rebels As It Considers Hi-Tech Tracking Scheme To Stop Guns Falling Into Terrorists' Hands"
2013 June 7: Christian Science Monitor, "France Looking At Ways To 'Safely' Arm Syria's Rebels"
2013 June 6: Associated Press, "France Studies How To Track Arms For Syrian Rebels"
2013 May 31: Popular Mechanics, "Syrian Rebels Pose With Shoulder-Fired Missiles, And It's Not Good News"
2013 May 29: Slate (French), "Syrie: La Levée De L’embargo Sur Les Armes, Et Après?”
2013 May 2: International Business Times, "Weapons For Rebels: What Lethal Aid Would Look Like If America Armed The Syrian Opposition"
2013 April 19: The Street, "Measuring The Economic Impact Of The Arms Trade Treaty"
2013 April 3: The Africa Report, "New UN Arms Trade Treaty and Africa"
2013 March 28: Slate (French), "Sur Les Traces Des Missiles Sol-Air En Syrie"
2013 March 8: The Guardian, "West Training Syrian Rebels in Jordan"
2013 March 6: Popular Mechanics, "How Did Chinese Missiles Get Into Yemen?"
2013 March 2: New York Times, "Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran"
2013 February 28: Foreign Policy, "Chinese Surface to Air Missiles Are Being Used by Syrian Rebels"
2013 February 21: International Business Times, "Nigeria Battles Illicit Small Arms, With Russians in the Cross Hairs"
2013 February 8: New York Times, "Seizure of Antiaircraft Missiles in Yemen Raises Fear That Iran is Arming Rebels There"
2013 January 11: New York Times, "A Trail of Bullet Casings Leads From Africa's Wars to Iran"

2012 December 11: Los Angeles Times, "Syrian Rebels Gaining Ground Against Assad's Air Power"
2012 December 7: Wired, "Iraqi Insurgents Once Mounted Rockets on Their Heads" 
2012 November 28: Washington Post, "Syrian Rebels' Arsenal Includes Up to 40 Antiaircraft Missile Systems"
2012 November 28: The Guardian, "Arms and the MANPADS: Syrian Rebels Get Anti-Aircraft Missiles"
2012 November 28: UPI, "Syrian Rebels Post Downed Chopper Video"
2012 November 27: New York Times"Videos From Syria Appear to Show First Confirmed Hit of Aircraft by Surface-to-Air Missile"
2012 November 27: Slate (French),"Vers la fin de la suprématie aérienne de Bachar el-Assad?"
2012 November 14: New York Times"Possible Score for Syrian Rebels: Pictures Show Advanced Missile Systems"
2012 November 12: The Guardian - Middle East Live,  "Surface-to-Air Missiles"
2012 October 15: New York Times, "U.N. Envoy Seeks Pause in Syria for Holiday"
2012 October 15: New York Times, "Heat-Seeking Missiles in Syria: The SA-7 in Action with Rebels"
2012 August 2: Fox News"Special Report With Bret Baier - Political Headlines" (transcript)
2012 July 27: Foreign Policy - Passport,"What's Up With Syria's MANPADS?"
2012 July 26: New York Times, "The 3-Step Method to Analyzing Videos from Syria"
2012 June 22: iWatch News"U.S. Points Finger, And Arms Exports,  at Human Rights Abusers"
2012 June 21: Foreign Policy, "Why Is the U.S. Selling Billions in Weapons to Autocrats?"
2012 May 24: New York Times"Confronting a False Meme: Libya's Deadly 'Stinger Equivalents'"
2012 April 6: El Pais, "El fin del Mercader de la Muerte"
2012 March 5: USA Today, "Missiles Give Libyan Militias 'Leverage'"
2012 February 23:, "Des missiles qui attisent bien des convoitises"
2012 February 16: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, "Al-Qaeda Bid for Role in Syria Cited by Panetta As Concern for U.S."
2012 February 15: Associated Press, "U.S. Watching Syrian Chemical Weapons 'Closely'"

2011 September 22: Agence France-Presse, "Looted Libyan Missiles Dangerous But Difficult to Use"
2011 September 8: Associated Press, "U.S. Experts in Libya Amid Alarms About Missing Arms"
2011 September 8: United Press International (UPI), "Libya Weapons Status 'Murky'"
2011 September 7: New York Times, "Heat-Seeking Missiles Are Missing From Libyan Arms Stockpile"
2011 September 7: Bloomberg News, "Intelligence Chairman Urges White House Action on Libyan Weapons"
2011 September 2: The Guardian, "Libya Warned Smugglers Are Looting Gaddafi's Guns"
2011 August 30: CBC Radio, "Libya Weapons"
2011 August 25: Wired - Danger Room, "Gadhafi's Loose Weapons Could Be "1000 Times" Worse Than Sadam's"
2011 August 24: Bloomberg News, "U.S. May Shop for Libyan Missiles in Mali"
2011 August 24: Washington Times"Libya's Missiles, Chemicals Worry U.S."
2011 July 26: New York Times, "Reading the Refuse: Counting Col. Qaddafi's Heat Seaking Missiles and Tracking Them Back to Their Sources"
2011 July 11: Bloomberg News, "Panetta Presses Iraq for Decision on Keeping U.S. Troops Past End of Year"
2011 June 17: Associated Press, "U.S. Funds Hunt for Libyan Missiles"
2011 June 17: Scientific American, "Better Lasers Developed to Defend U.S. Choppers From Shoulder-Fired Missiles"
2011 May 15: Associated Press, "Libyan Combat Stymies Movies on Antiaircraft Threat"
2011 May 7: CJ,  "More Images of the Scattering of Type 84 Mines in Misurata"
2011 April 13: Popular Mechanics, "Where are Libya's Anti-Aircraft Missiles?"
2011 April 13: Homeland Security Newswire, "Rebels May Sell Missiles to Finance Campaign"
2011 April 11: Vega (Brazil), "Armamentos enviados a rebeldes libio poderiam acabar ate nas favelas do Brasil" (Arms shipped to Libya could end up with rebels in Brazil)
2011 April 6: National Review, "Britain and Libya's Special Relationship"
2011 April 5: BBC, PRI, WGBH - The World, "Should Libyan Rebels Be Provided Arms"
2011 March 30: AOL News, "Western Allies at Odds Over Arming Libyan Rebels"
2011 March 23: WIRED - Danger Room"Who Sold Libya Its Supermissiles?"
2011 March 11: Associated Press, "U.S. Approved $40 Billion in 2009 Private Arms Sales" 
2011 March 9: Toronto Star, "Who Will Arm Libyan Rebels?"
2011 March 7: Aviation Week - Ares Blog, "Libyan Arms Help Stoke the Black Market, May Go Intercontinental"
2011 March 6: CNN, "Uprising in Libya"
2011 March 5: CNN, "The Fight for Libya"
2011 March 4: CNN, "Libya Weapons Available on Black Market"
2011 March 4: CBS News - World Watch, "Experts Fear for Fate of Looted Libyan Arms"
2011 March 4: New York Times,"The Perils of Libya's Loose Arms, Part II"
2011 March 3: New York Times, "Experts Fear Looted Libyan Arms May Find Way to Terrorists"
2011 February 26: Chicago Tribune, "Feds: Highland Park Man Tried to Sell Advanced Weapons to Taliban"
2011 February 11: Fortune,  "America's Hottest Export: Weapons - Full Version"
2011 January 20: Popular Mechanics, Three Questions About the "Merchant of Death" Trial
2011 January 12: United Press International, Venezuela Missiles Worried U.S., Says Leaked Diplomatic Report

2010 December 12: Reuters, Venezuelan Missile Purchases Worried U.S. - WikiLeaks
2010 December 12: Washington Post, Venezuela Acquired 1,800 Russian Anti-Aircraft Missiles in '09