Jessica Lewis McFate is the Research Director at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a nonprofit public policy think tank in Washington, D.C. She joined ISW after eight years of active duty service as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. Her military career includes 34 months deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where she provided tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence support to multiple commands. She has twice been awarded the Bronze Star Medal. She also served as a company commander and continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Mrs. McFate is the lead analyst at ISW on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), formerly known as al Qaeda in Iraq. She has authored several reports for ISW, including "Al-Qaeda in Iraq Resurgent, Part I & II"; "The Islamic State of Iraq Returns to Diyala"; and "AQI's 'Soldiers' Harvest' Campaign." She has also commented on ISIS-related issues for CNN, Time, The New York Times, WSJ Live, and has testified before Congress.
Mrs. McFate holds a B.S. in Strategic & International History and International Relations from West Point and an M.A. in Strategic Intelligence from American Military University.