Jessica Olcott
Research Analyst


Jessica Olcott is national security professional whose work is focused on security cooperation programs, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) emergency preparedness, and civil affairs She is an expert in East Central Europe and Western Balkan security, and served as a 2016-2017 Fulbright Clinton Public Policy Fellow in Pristina, Kosovo. While embedded with the Plans and Policy Directorate in the Ministry of the Kosovo Security Forces, her analysis focused on transition planning, gender and ethnic minority integration, strategic communication, and strategic security planning.

Prior to joining CNA, Olcott spent approximately five years managing, executing, and evaluating Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) foreign consequence management and building partnership capacity programs. As an expert in Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) conduct, she supported 14 bilateral exercises in seven countries, and managed more than 20 building partnership capacity missions in nine countries in U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM).

Olcott holds a B.A. in political science and international studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College and an M.S. in international affairs, with a concentration in human rights and international law, from Florida State University.