Jesse Campion is third year dual degree candidate at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and College of Law. He is earning both a Master of Public Administration and a Juris Doctor degree. Jesse is also pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Studies from the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. His interests include national security law and policy, U.S. intelligence, counterterrorism, Middle East policy, and veterans’ rights.
After graduation, he hopes to serve either the US Government’s intelligence or military community. Prior to studying at Syracuse University, Jesse served in the United States Army as an infantry officer. During his time in service, Jesse deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he led soldiers under counterinsurgency operations (COIN) to ensure a seamless transition of responsibility to the Iraqi Security Forces. Additionally, Jesse has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne Parachutist Badge, and Army Commendation Medal.
Following his honorable discharge from military service, Jesse served the needs of severely wounded veterans with Wounded Warrior Project in San Antonio, TX. At Syracuse University, Jesse is a graduate research assistant for Professor David M. Crane at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. Furthermore, he is president of the Student Association on Terrorism and Security Analysis, associate editor for the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and previously served as a graduate assistant for National Security Studies at the Maxwell School. In the summer of 2013, Jesse served as a legal intern for the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Counsel. At DHS, he supported Immigration & Customs Enforcement attorneys with legal issues related to Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Last summer, Jesse served as a legislative legal fellow at the US Senate with the Office of US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. On Senator Gillibrand’s defense legislative team, Jesse assisted staff by analyzing military sexual assault and family entitlement issues to help support efforts associated with the Senate Armed Services Committee and National Defense Authorization Act for FY15.In his spare time, Jesse enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with his wife. He is also studying Arabic.