2023 Next Gen National Security Fellow
Professional Staff Member for Technology & Innovation, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives
Jonathan Clifford is the Professional Staff Member for Technology and Innovation for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in the United States of House of Representatives, working for Chairman Michael Turner (R-OH). In this role, he is responsible for interfacing with government, business, and academia - pursing how to foster technology and emerging capability adoption and acquisition into the Intelligence Community (IC). Created in 1977, HPSCI is charged with oversight of the United States Intelligence Community—which includes the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the following eighteen elements of the U.S. Government—and the Military Intelligence Program.
Prior to returning to Capitol Hill, Jonathan served in the Department of Defense (DoD) as a Strategic Communications Officer and Project Manager in the Chief Strategy Office (CSO) of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). In this role, Jonathan led an Agency-wide effort and change management activity on security risk management; defining, quantifying, and qualifying how the Agency triages and actions “risk”. Formerly, Jonathan served with the Personnel Vetting Transformation Office (PVTO) at the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), handling legislative affairs and communications.
Previously, Jonathan served as a consultant to the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), was the Director of National Security for the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) focusing on the intersection of national security and technology companies, was Senior Policy Advisor for Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) – handling the Congressman’s work on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) through multiple National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA), and was a legislative assistant to Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ).
Clifford, a third generation servicemember, is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve, having deployed overseas to the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and an avid Philadelphia sports fan, he grew up across the Delaware River in Moorestown, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Moorestown High School and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics, with honors. For 18 years, he has served his community as a firefighter and is a Life Member of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, in Prince George’s County, Maryland.