Jacquelyn Schneider

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Jacquelyn Schneider is a Hoover Fellow at the Hoover Institution.  Her research focuses on the intersection of technology, national security, and political psychology with a special interest in cybersecurity, unmanned technologies, and Northeast Asia.  She is a non-resident fellow at the Naval War College's Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute and a senior policy advisor to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

Her work has appeared in Security Studies, Journal of Conflict ResolutionStrategic Studies Quarterly,Journal of Cybersecurity, The Washington Quarterly, Journal of Strategic Studies and is featured in Cross Domain Deterrence: Strategy in an Era of Complexity (Oxford University Press, 2019).  Her current manuscript project isThe Rise of Unmanned Technologies with Julia Macdonald (upcoming, Oxford University Press). In addition to her scholarly publications, she is a frequent contributor to policy outlets, including New York Times, Foreign AffairsCFR, Cipher BriefLawfare, War on the RocksWashington PostBulletin of the Atomic ScientistsNational Interest, H-Diplo, and the Center for a New American Security.  

In 2018, Schneider was included in CyberScoop’s Leet List of influential cyber experts.  She is also the recipient of a Minerva grant on autonomy (with co-PIs Michael Horowitz, Julia Macdonald, and Allen Dafoe) and a University of Denver grant to study public responses to the use of drones (with Macdonald).  

She is an active member of the defense policy community with previous positions at the Center for a New American Security and the RAND Corporation. Before beginning her academic career, she spent six years as an Air Force officer in South Korea and Japan and is currently a reservist assigned to US Cyber Command. She has a BA from Columbia University, MA from Arizona State University, and PhD from George Washington University.

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Analysis and Commentary

To Succeed In Its Cybersecurity Mission, The Defense Department Must Partner With Academia (For Real)

by Monica M. Ruiz, Jacquelyn Schneider, Eli Sugarmanvia Lawfare
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Defense unveiled an ambitious new cyber strategy to expand the department’s cyber missions and capabilities. The strategy leaned on partnerships to achieve two important objectives: (a) to help the department recruit top talent and (b) to invest in the best cyber capabilities.

Analysis and Commentary

A Strategic Cyber No-FirstUse Policy? Addressing The US Cyber Strategy Problem

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia The Washington Quarterly
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

In June of 2019, the New York Times reported that the United States was “stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin.” The reporters accused the United States of planting malware within Russian critical infrastructure under new authorities granted by the White House to the Department of Defense (DoD) for offensive cyber operations. 

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Jacquelyn Schneider And Herb Lin: Cyber Power And Peril In The Post-COVID World | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with Herbert Lin, Jacquelyn Schneidervia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Jacquelyn Schneider And Herb Lin discuss Cyber Power And Peril In the Post-COVID World.

Jacquelyn Schneider and Herb Lin: Cyber Power and Peril in the Post-Covid World

interview with Jacquelyn Schneider, Herbert Linvia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Jacquelyn Schneider and Herb Lin: Cyber Power and Peril in the Post-Covid World
Tuesay, June 2, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.

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Who’s Afraid of Cyberwar?

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Tehran often threatens to unleash cyberwarfare against the United States. Its hacking skills may be worrisome, but they’re no match for military might.

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The Military May Be Sacrificing Too Much In The Name Of Global Presence

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia Military.com
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

On April 2, Capt. Brett Crozier, commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, was fired after a memo he wrote requesting support for his COVID-19 stricken crew made its way to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Analysis and Commentary

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission: From Competing To Complementary Strategies

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia Lawfare
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

President Eisenhower’s 1953 Solarium Commission gathered top thinkers to weigh the merits of three logically distinct strategies to combat the Soviet Union; advocates of each position suggested distinct policies for U.S. arms development, doctrine and force posture. Today’s Cyberspace Solarium Commission drew from the story of Eisenhower’s 1953 commission and brought together practitioners, experts and scholars to tackle the challenge of cyberspace for U.S. strategy.

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Cyber Strategy And Talent

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia Lawfare
Friday, March 13, 2020

Central to the 2018 National Cyber Strategy and the 2018 Department of Defense Cyberspace Strategy is how to recruit, retain and utilize a talented cyber workforce. Both strategies tackle talent head-on, calling for programs that streamline hiring, create rotational work opportunities, institutionalize cyber talent as core competencies within the U.S. government, and outline short-term training and long-term educational investments to create, develop and sustain the cyber workforce. 

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It’s Time To Calibrate Fears Of A Cyberwar With Iran

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia The New York Times
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

It is very difficult for Iran to launch cyberattacks that would affect a significant portion of the American population.

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Iran Can Use Cyberattacks Against The U.S. That’s Not Nearly As Bad As It Sounds.

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia The Washington Post
Monday, January 6, 2020

Cyberwarfare can do little short-term damage, although it can have insidious long-term consequences.