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WINS Mentor

Jennifer Smith-Heys

Colonel Jennifer Smith-Heys is a strategic intelligence officer who has served in a myriad of Army, joint, and interagency positions. Her expertise is in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, joint targeting, geospatial intelligence, and collection management. Her teaching and curriculum development experience include Instructor and Course Developer at the US Army Military Intelligence Basic Course (MIOBC), Assistant Professor at the National Intelligence University (NIU), and General Michael V. Hayden’s Teaching Assistant at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University (GMU).  Jennifer is a PhD candidate in public policy at GMU; her work focuses on intelligence oversight and reform.   Jennifer was the US Army War College Fellow at the Center for Security and International Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University.

Her awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Throughout her career, she has been recognized as Instructor of the Year, Soldier of the Year, and received NGA’s Woman of the Year award.

COL Smith-Heys is active in the Michael V. Hayden Center for Policy, Intelligence, and International Security, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, Arlington, VA. She has volunteered for over a decade with the Boy Scouts of America and is the proud mother of two Eagle Scouts, Dylan and Heydn.