Jennifer McArdle

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program

Head of Research, Improbable U.S. Defense and National Security

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Jennifer McArdle is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Defense Program at
CNAS and the head of research at Improbable, an emerging global leader in
distributed simulation technology for military planning, training, and decision
support. Her research focuses on military readiness, training, and defense-
technical innovation. Her work has been featured in The Economist, National
Defense Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other outlets. McArdle
previously served as an assistant professor of cyber defense at Salve Regina
University where she lectured on the relationship between national security
and disruptive technologies. While in Rhode Island, she served on
Congressman James Langevin’s cyber advisory committee and as an expert
member of a NATO technical working group that developed cyber effects for
the military alliance’s mission and campaign simulations. She has also held
positions at 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, as a visiting fellow at
two defense research institutions. McArdle is a PhD candidate at King’s
College London in war studies, the recipient of the RADM Fred Lewis (I/ITSEC)
doctoral scholarship in modeling and simulation, and is a certified modeling
and simulation professional. She holds an MPhil in politics from the University
of Cambridge and a BA in political science, summa cum laude, from the
University of New Hampshire.

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