Jennifer Jackett

Sir Roland Wilson Scholar, ANU National Security College

Jennifer Jackett is working to help liberal democracies prevail as global technology leaders. She is passionate about how governments can better connect national security, economic and social policymaking to advance the national interest. 

Jennifer is a Sir Roland Wilson Scholar at the National Security College at the Australian National University. Her research examines the role of United States allies in US-China competition for technology advantage using case studies of 5G telecommunications infrastructure and semiconductor chips. 

Jennifer is a Non-Resident Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre at Sydney University where her research interests include AUKUS, defence innovation and the Quad. Jennifer has been on the Institute for Regional Security’s Board of Directors since 2018. 

Jennifer regularly contributes to public policy debate. In 2021, Jennifer was awarded the Joan Uhr prize for outstanding public policy research. In 2022, she was named a Woman to Watch by Young Australians in International Affairs. 

Jennifer is an experienced national security practitioner on leave from her role as a Senior Adviser in the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has also held roles in the Cabinet Secretary’s Office, Department of Defence, and Office of National Intelligence.

Jennifer holds a Master of National Security Policy from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies (International) with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Geography from Sydney University. Jennifer speaks Spanish and some Arabic. She enjoys birdwatching with her toddler.