Skip to main content

Dr. Jill A. Rough
Director of Research and Analysis

Dr. Jill A. Rough Photograph

Dr. Rough serves as the Director of Research and Analysis. She has over 20 years of national security and defense related research and experience, with recent focus on civil-military relations, civic engagement, and military manpower issues. Commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1996, she served for over seven years as an active duty Surface Warfare Officer with tours at sea and ashore before transitioning to the Navy Reserve in 2003. Dr. Rough worked as a research assistant at the RAND Corporation examining Army operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as well as with George Mason University’s Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center exploring weapon of mass destruction smuggling and human trafficking. Following graduate school, Dr. Rough taught public policy, qualitative methods, and leadership courses at George Mason University. From 2012-2013, she was recalled to active duty in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. She is an actively drilling Navy Reserve officer and a graduate of both the Naval War College and Joint Forces Staff College. Dr. Rough holds a doctorate from George Mason University, a master’s degree from The George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.