Jacquelyn Schneider

Hoover Fellow

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.

Her work has appeared in Security Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and 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 is The 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 Foreign Affairs, CFR, Cipher Brief, Lawfare, War on the Rocks, Washington Post, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, National 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 was awarded best graduate paper for the International Security and Arms Control section of the International Studies Association, the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association, and the Southwest Social Science Association. 

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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A Conversation With Cyber Warfare Expert Jacquelyn Schneider

interview with Jacquelyn Schneidervia C-SPAN’s The Weekly Podcast
Friday, November 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jacquelyn Schneider, discusses cyber warfare on C-SPAN’s The Weekly Podcast with Steve Scully.


Jacquelyn Schneider: Strategic Insights

interview with Jacquelyn Schneidervia NDU College of Information and Cyberspace
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jacquelyn Schneider discusses the role cyber-operations play in stability, instability, and decisions concerning going to war, etc.


Are Cyber-Operations A U.S. Retaliatory Option For The Saudi Oil Field Strikes? Would Such Action Deter Iran?

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia The Washington Post
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Successful retaliatory strikes need to do two things. First, they send a credible signal to the target that attacks of this kind will not be tolerated. Second, they need to limit the risk of escalation through spiraling retaliation and counter-retaliations.