Fred Schwien brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Potomac International Partners after nearly 14 years at Boeing Government Affairs and a career encompassing a variety of Federal agencies involved with U.S national security. He Last directed a team responsible for Boeing’s relationship with the Office of the Secretary of Defense; the Joint Staff; and a number of key defense agencies. He also led the relationship with the Department of Homeland Security and all its components including US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the US Coast Guard, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Lastly, he oversaw interactions with both defense and non-defense agencies involved with the government’s cybersecurity efforts, especially the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at DHS.
Prior to Boeing, Fred served in senior political positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Commerce, and he was the Deputy Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing. A graduate of West Point, Fred retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel where he served in command and staff positions from the platoon to division levels as an infantry officer and Army Ranger. He was on both the Army and Joint staffs at the Pentagon and was the U.S. Deputy National Military Representative at the NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE).
Fred is married to Susan (Swanson) Schwien and they have four grown children, two of whom are active duty U.S. Marine officers.