Serving 20 years on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, Jessie Jane Duff retired as a Gunnery Sergeant. Currently a Senior Fellow with the London Center for Policy Research, her area of expertise includes national security, military matters, and veterans’ issues.
Throughout her career, which spanned multiple deployments and combat-related exercises, she provided logistical and training support to combat arms and wing units in peacetime as well as during the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan (Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom). Cited by Jessie as one of the highlights of her Marine Corps service, she was chosen for a prestigious assignment on the Executive Staff to the Commander of Marine Forces Pacific, at the time the largest operational command in the Marine Corps prior to her retirement. She culminated her career as an Operations Chief.
Jessie’s personal awards include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and two National Defense Medals in addition to various awards for excellence during her time on active duty.
From 2012 – 2014, she was a Senior Military Advisor on the Organization Committee for Concerned Veterans for America. Jessie participated actively in events throughout the nation, advocating for policies that preserve the freedom and liberty for which our veterans fought to defend and their families sacrificed to support. Jessie was an outspoken advocate to hold the Veterans Administration accountable for the veteran’s benefits backlog and mismanagement of veteran’s healthcare. She also actively worked with the states and Congress to improve the voting laws affecting our military to ensure servicemembers are afforded the same access to vote as civilians.
In 2009-2012, Jessie was the spokesperson for Military Voting Rights USA, a national network dedicated to ensure all military personnel on active-duty have their votes cast and counted on time. She made national media appearances and advocated for timely and expedited mail delivery of ballots to American service men and women stationed overseas. Jessie testified before Congress’ Elections Subcommittee, under the Committee on House Administration, providing insight and advice based on her first-hand experience and concerns about voting rights for active-duty military stationed overseas. She was also a highly visible advocate for Military and Overseas Empowerment Act (MOVE Act), which became federal law in 2009.
Jessie works as an independent consultant in defense and private industry. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and is a member of Disabled American Veterans, The John Carroll Society, Women in Defense, and Women Marines Association.
Jessie provides military, veteran, national security, business, and political analysis on numerous local and national television and radio stations. A prolific contributor to various blogs, articles, and OpEds for publications, Jessie’s work can be found in a wide array of publications.