SES Jake Schaffner

SES Jake Schaffner

Senior Advisor for Technical & Mission Convergence, USD(I)

Mr. Schaffner, a native of San Diego, CA, graduated from the University of Texas, Austin in 1974 via the NROTC program, earning a B.A. in Geography. He received a regular commission and served 27 years as a Surface Warfare Officer. His tours included positions as a ship’s communication officer, navigator on FGS Z-4 (foreign exchange, German Navy), Chief Engineer (twice), Executive Officer, and ultimately in command of USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG-27).

He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned a M.S.c. in Systems Technologies (Space Systems) in 1986. His thesis, “Naval Strike Applications of the Transatmospheric Vehicle”; focused on applications of hypersonic propulsion and exotic sensor technologies to maritime warfighting. He served on the Chief of Naval Operations staff in the Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) branch where he was project director for research efforts that applied National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)-developed technologies to the support of Navy over-the-horizon-targeting (OTHT) initiatives.

Following command, Mr. Schaffner served on the Joint Staff in the Directorate of Operations (J3) Special Technical Operations (STO) division. During this time he had substantial roles in all significant national and joint information warfare (IW) and information operations (IO) planning and exercise efforts (ELIGIBLE RECEIVER 95/96/97, EVIDENT SURPRISE 95/96), contributing strongly to the division’s eventual conversion into the J-39, Information Operations Directorate, shortly before his departure.

Mr. Schaffner’s final active duty assignment was on the Intelligence Community (IC) Management Staff (CMS) where he served as the Director of Information Operations (IO) Policy. Based on his work on the Joint Staff and CMS, over the past 20+ years Mr. Schaffner has been either a principal or key contributing author to significant national-level policy documents related to infrastructure protection, continuity of operations, cyber, IO, and STO.

Upon retirement from active duty, he joined SCITOR Corporation as a Senior Strategic Analyst supporting a classified client with IO policy analysis. In 2002, he joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Associate where he worked as an expert in IO policy, strategic influence, the application of advanced technologies to IO, and the impact of advanced technologies on defense policy. His primary clients were in the Department of Defense and he eventually built a practice employing nearly 30 specialists.

Mr. Schaffner rejoined the Department of Defense in April 2009. Initially he served as a senior scientific advisor in the office of the Director, Information Operations and Strategic Studies (DIOSS) within the staff of the Under Secretary of Defense, Intelligence (USDI). In 2010 he moved to the office of the Director of Battlespace Awareness and Program Assessment (BA&PA) where he served as the Senior Advisor for Strategic Assessments. With the reorganization of the USDI staff, he was transferred to the office of the Director for Clandestine Operations, Global Access, and Mission Integration to serve as the leader for joint DoD and Intelligence Community hard target innovation efforts. After six years in that role, Mr. Schaffner now serves as the Senior Advisor for Technical and Mission Convergence in the office of the Director for Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Warfare (EW), and Cyber. His current area of focus is intelligence support to electronic warfare (ISEW) where he has researched systemic technical analysis and data dissemination issues and developed solutions tailored to support advanced warfighting requirements.

Mr. Schaffner’s diverse portfolio of responsibilities has included serving on the source selection panel for the National Cyber Range, being a member of the team drafting DoD strategic cyber policy, drafting concepts of operations for advanced IO technical capabilities, wargaming cyber concepts with allies, serving as the senior OSD intelligence official responsible for modeling and simulation; assessing potential policy impacts of emerging technologies; serving as an executive secretary to a Defense Science Board Summer Study intelligence panel; and serving as the leader of interagency teams addressing challenges in the application of advanced technology to some of the Department’s most difficult technical intelligence requirements.

Jake resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Kenwyn. They have two grown children: Daniel, a security engineering manager with Amazon and Diana, a Counsel with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld in San Francisco.