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June 5, 2019

Stewart Named National Security Analysis Mission Area Executive

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Jessica Stewart

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Jessica Stewart has been appointed mission area executive for National Security Analysis at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. Stewart brings to the post deep analytic expertise and strong leadership skills, honed over two decades of working directly with sponsors to develop solutions to technical, operational and strategic challenges.

Since joining APL in 2016, she developed and led a portfolio of analytic work supporting combatant commands. She most recently served as the program area manager for Innovative Operational Concepts, leading cross-functional teams that addressed military posture and readiness, operations and technology issues.

Prior to joining the Lab, Stewart was a senior research scientist for the Center for Naval Analyses, where she directed projects and published research on military strategy, operations, emergency response and disaster preparedness, and measures of efficiency and effectiveness.

Her significant operational experience includes serving as an embedded analyst with U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Africa, and U.S. Sixth Fleet; U.S. Naval Forces, Middle East, and U.S. Fifth Fleet; and Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, she served as an embedded field analyst with U.S. forces in the Middle East, providing on-scene reconstruction and analysis of tactical operations for commanders and senior decision-makers.

Stewart has a B.A. in international affairs from George Washington University and an M.A. in national security studies and a J.D. from Georgetown University. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Media contact: Justyna Surowiec, 240-228-8103,

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