Jennifer McArdle

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program

Senior Director for Defense Programs and the Deputy Chief Learning Officer at CAE USA

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Dr. Jennifer McArdle is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Program and wargaming lab at CNAS. She is also the Senior Director for Defense Programs and the Deputy Chief Learning Officer at CAE USA and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University. Jennifer formerly served as the Head of Research at Improbable USA, where she focused on developing new capabilities to empower complex synthetic environments for military training and decision support. Her present research focused on military readiness, training, and defense technical innovation. Jennifer's work has been featured in the Economist, National Defense Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other outlets.

A former professor, Dr. McArdle has served on Congressman Langevin’s cyber advisory committee and as an expert member of a NATO technical group that developed cyber effects for the military alliance’s campaign simulations. She has also held positions at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the U.S. National Defense University, in addition to working in New Delhi, India at two defense research institutions.

She holds a Ph.D. from King’s College London in War Studies, is the recipient of the RADM Fred Lewis (I/ITSEC) doctoral scholarship in modeling and simulation, and is a certified modeling and simulation professional (CMSP). Jennifer is a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations and was named an official "Mad Scientist" by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

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