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Jennifer Jackett

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Jennifer Jackett is a Sir Roland Wilson Scholar at the National Security College at the Australian National University. Her doctoral research examines the role of United States allies in US-China competition for leadership of advanced technologies. Jennifer is passionate about how governments can better connect national security, economic and social policymaking to advance the national interest.

Jennifer’s analysis has appeared in publications including the Australian, the Australian Financial Review, The Interpreter, and Australian Outlook. In 2021, she was awarded the Joan Uhr prize for outstanding public policy research. In 2022, Jennifer was identified as a Young Woman to Watch by Young Australians in International Affairs.

Jennifer is currently on leave from the Australian Government. She is an experienced national security policy adviser and people manager and was most recently a Senior Adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Jennifer has also held roles in the Cabinet Secretary’s Office, Department of Defence and Office of National Intelligence.

Jennifer is a Non-Resident Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre at Sydney University where she researches issues including defence innovation and advanced capabilities cooperation as part of the AUKUS strategic partnership between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. She has been on the Institute for Regional Security’s Board of Directors since 2018.

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. She speaks Spanish and some Arabic.

PhD programme

Doctor of Philosophy, National Security College

Supervisor(s) and panel members


Research & Analysis

“Defence review highlights urgency of tech reset”, Jennifer Jackett, 30 June 2023, The Australian,

“Defence Innovation and the Australian National Interest”, Jennifer Jackett, 28 June 2023, University of Western Australia Defence and Security Institute, Black Swan Strategy Paper,

“Indo-Pacific partnership can help America keep its tech edge”, Jennifer Jackett and Dr Charles Edel, 22 August 2022,

“Laying the foundations for AUKUS: Strengthening Australia’s high-tech ecosystem in support of advanced capabilities”, 7 July 2022,

“A Comprehensive Approach to Indo-Pacific Allied Technology Cooperation: Defend, Advance, Assist”, Jennifer Jackett & Dr Charles Edel, Working Paper, May 2022, Center for Strategic & International Studies,

“Technology, innovation, and allied integration”, Jennifer Jackett, 16 March 2022, in “State of the United States: Biden’s Agenda in the Balance”, United States Studies Centre, Sydney University,

“Realising Australia’s Quantum potential”, Jennifer Jackett, 15 December 2021, Australian Outlook,

“Australia’s place in the contest for technological leadership”, Jennifer Jackett, 4 November 2021, 9DashLine,

“Why the Quad has a big role in the new techno-diplomacy”, Jennifer Jackett, 22 September 2021, Australian Financial Review,

“Staying ahead in global tech leadership”, Jennifer Jackett, 8 July 2021, Lowy Interpreter,

Media Commentary

Quoted in “Doubling cybersecurity corps will require a ‘revolution’ in workforce planning”, Tess Bennett and Julie Hare, 30 March 2022, Australian Financial Review,

Quoted in “Creating Space Command, Australia Strengthens High-Tech Bond with U.S.”, Damien Cave, 21 March 2022, The New York Times,

Webinars & Podcasts

“Quad Tech Network - A 5G risk and resilience framework for the Quad”, 10 November 2021,

“Quad Tech Network - How to secure battery value chains”, 14 October 2021,

“Previewing the Biden administration’s first AUSMIN meeting”, 14 September 2021,

“Diversifying the Quad: Opportunities in Geoeconomics, Technology, Climate Change and Health”, 23 September 2021,

“15 Minutes in Canberra: What makes a technology critical and why does it matter to our region?”, 2 September 2021,

Scholarships and fellowships

Sir Roland Wilson Scholarship

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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