Jennifer E. Sims

Nonresident Senior Fellow, National Intelligence

Areas of expertise: Global Security


Jennifer Sims joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in December 2009 and is a nonresident senior fellow on national intelligence. Sims is a widely recognized expert in the intelligence community, and also serves as professor and the director of intelligence studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Sims was previously deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence coordination and later served as an intelligence advisor to the under secretary for management and coordinator for intelligence resources and planning at the US Department of State. She also served as a professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as a legislative assistant to Senator John Danforth on foreign and defense policy.

In 1998, Sims was the recipient of the intelligence community's highest civilian award, the National Distinguished Service Medal. She has written many publications on defense technology and arms control and her current research addresses intelligence support to counter-terrorism, counter proliferation, and homeland security. Sims is currently writing a book on reforming US intelligence organization and practices.

In the News

Demilitarize the C.I.A.

International New York Times, December 3, 2012

What government transparency could mean for Japan's nuclear disaster

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , March 15, 2011

Why Didn’t the U.S. Foresee the Arab Revolts?

International New York Times, February 24, 2011