Jamil Jaffer

Jamil Jaffer

Formal First Name

Jamil Jaffer is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. He is also an Advisory Board Member and Former Senior Vice President for Strategy, Partnerships & Corporate Development at IronNet, global cybersecurity leader that delivers the first-ever collective defense platform operation at scale. Previously, Jamil served on Capitol Hill in a variety of roles, including on the leadership team of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as a senior staff member of the House Intelligence Committee. He served in the White House during the Bush Administration as an associate counsel to the President, handling Defense Department, State Department, and intelligence community matters, and serving as one of the White House Counsel’s primary representatives to the National Security Council Deputies Committee. In addition, Jamil serves as an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies, U.S. Strategic Metals, 4iQ, Duco, and Amber, among others. He has also published multiple op-eds and academic articles on national security, foreign policy, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, encryption, and intelligence matters.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • He worked directly for the co-CEOs of the company, Gen (ret.) Keith B. Alexander and Bill Welch.

  • He led all of the company's strategic and technology partnership efforts, including developing go-to-market and technology integration plans.

  • He evaluated potential acquisition targets and developed overall corporate strategy and thought leadership around collective security and collaborative defense.


  • At George Mason, he teaches classes on counterterrorism, intelligence, surveillance, cybersecurity, and other national security matters.

  • He also teaches a summer course in Padua, Italy with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.

  • He is also affiliated with Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

  • He taught graduate-level courses in intelligence law and policy at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.


  • He was Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he worked on key national security and foreign policy issues.

  • He led the drafting of the proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIS in 2014 and 2015, and the AUMF against Syria in 2013.

  • He was also the lead architect of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act and two sanctions laws against Russia for its intervention in Ukraine.


  • He served on the leadership team of the Justice Department’s National Security Division as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

  • He worked on the confirmations of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the United States Supreme Court.

  • He also served in private practice at Kellogg Huber, a Washington, DC-based litigation boutique, as a policy advisor to Congressman Bob Goodlatte.


  • Advisory Board Member, Missouri Cobalt

  • Advisor, Beacon Global Strategies

  • Advisor, 4iQ

  • Advisor, Duco

  • Advisor, Amber

  • Board of Directors, Greater Washington Board of Trade

  • Board of Advisors, Global Cyber Alliance

  • Advisory Board, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies' Center on Cyber and Tech Innovation

  • Member, Center for a New American Security's Artificial Intelligence and National Security Task Force

  • Affiliate, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

  • Executive Committee Member, Federalist S

  • Advisor, Concordia

  • Board of Directors, Speech First Organization

  • Board of Directors, Center for Intelligence Policy


  • He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and other national security matters.

  • He has appeared on a range of national television and radio outlets including CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, Bloomberg, PBS, Voice of America, and National Public Radio.

  • He appeared in various print and online publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post on a range of national security matters including cybersecurity, counterterrorism, surveillance, encryption, privacy, and foreign policy issues.