Director for Studies and Analyses, Assessments and Lessons Learned, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Henningsen is currently a consultant, mentor and board advisor in professional development, applied analytics, risk management and STEM education. At mid-career, she transitioned from college teaching to serving as an operations research analyst at Strategic Air Command, and later to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Program, Analysis and Evaluation in the Pentagon with portfolios including Strategic and Space Launch Systems, Joint Modeling and Simulation, and NATO/Partnership for Peace development.
She returned to the Air Force as a Senior Executive Service member rising to become USAF/A9 leading an organization that helped "fireproof" leadership decisions with “gold-standard” scientifically-based analyses in areas including Joint Warfighting Assessment, Resource Evaluation, Risk Management and oversight of the Department’s Lessons Learned Program.
As Chief Analyst for the 1000 plus member Air Force analyst career field and the Air Force’s MORS’ Sponsor, she was known for wearing red as a symbol of “her passion for excellence in analysis.” Her recognitions include the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award and the MORS Vance R. Wanner Memorial Award for lifetime professional excellence in Military Operations Research. USAF awards the “Dr. Jacqueline R. Henningsen Award for Excellence in Analysis” annually.