Author Bio

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Photo: Discussing military strategy with ye old wise locals (Mahane Yehuda Shuk, Jerusalem, 2014)
Photo credit: David Abitbol

About
Jessica
Lauren
Walton

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I feel kind of obnoxious referring to myself in the third person, but because people keep asking for it, here is a bio:
 
Jessica Lauren Walton is a communications strategist, video producer, and writer in the U.S. defense industry. Raised in an orthodox Jewish community in the Washington D.C. area, she immigrated to Israel as a teenager during the Second Intifada. During her studies as an English Literature major at Bar Ilan University, she met several Israeli commandos who convinced her that her time would be better spent working for the Israeli security community.

After completing her Literature degree, Jessica returned to the U.S. and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a Masters in Security Intelligence. She continued her graduate studies at the Hebrew University’s Political Violence and Terrorism Department in Jerusalem while working for a private homeland security firm run by former members of Shin Bet.
 
As a freelancer in the Israeli security community, Jessica specialized in asymmetric warfare, psychological operations, and national security policy, while writing articles, speeches, policy papers, and two books (if anyone ever tells you an English Lit degree is useless…) During this time, Jessica also relentlessly harassed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) into finally recruiting her into the military at age twenty-eight. After completing basic training alongside charming Israeli teenagers, she served in the Division of Doctrine and Training at the Operations Directorate. Following her military service, she continued working in private security in Israel and Transylvania.
 
Jessica returned to the Washington D.C. area in 2017 and is currently employed in the U.S. defense industry. She has written dozens of articles on a wide range of security topics and conducted interviews with U.S. military veterans and defense leadership.

Jessica recently completed a memoir about her experience as an American woman in the Israeli security community. If you are an agent or publishing house interested in viewing the manuscript, please contact Jessica at jess@jessicawaltonwriter.com.

(For all other inquiries...ok who am I kidding, I just have this one business email, so you can still email me at jess@jessicawaltonwriter.com.)