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Keith F Snider

Phone: +8316 (562) 161-1105


Keith F. Snider is Professor of Public Administration and Management in the Graduate School of Public Administration and Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served on active duty for twenty years, the last several as a member of the Army Acquisition Corps. He received his PhD in Public Administration and Public Affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His teaching and research interests lie in the areas of defense acquisition policy, defense project management, public organizations, and public administration theory and history.
  • PhD - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1997
    Major: Public Administration
  • MS - Naval Postgraduate School 1982
    Major: Operations Research
  • BS - United States Military Academy-West Point 1976
NPS Experience
  • 2013 - current: Professor
Other Experience
  • 1976 - 1996 U.S. Army
Research Interests
Defense Acquisition Policy
Public Procurement
Teaching Interests
Defense Acquisition
Project Management


  • 2009 - Richard W. Hamming Annual Faculty Award for Achievement in Interdisciplinary Activities, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 2008 - Khi V. Thai Research Scholar of the Year, Public Procurement Research Center and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing
  • 2000 - Outstanding Research Award, Department of Systems Management, Naval Postgraduate School

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • American Society for Public Administration

Scholarly Work

  • Book Chapters
  • Mansfield, B. F., & Snider, K. F, (2017). Explaining the policy-practice gap in U.S. federal contracting: Institutional isopraxism and performance-based acquisition. London UK: Springer.
  • Snider, K. F, (2016). Defense acquisition, public administration, and pragmatism. Hershey, PA IGI-Global.
  • Books
  • (2019). Management of Defense Acquisition Projects, Second Edition. Reston, VA USA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • Journal Articles
  • Eckerd, A., & Snider, K. F, (2015). Does the Program Manager Matter? New Public Management and Defense Acquisition. The American Review of Public Administration, 1(47), 36-57.
  • Shaffer, K. L., & Snider, K. F, (2014). Seven years of U.S. defense acquisition research: Analysis of proposals and projects. Journal of Public Procurement, 4(14), 451-472.
  • Encyclopedia entries
  • Snider, K. F, (2015). Defense Acquisition.