Jordan is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He commissioned in 2012 from the U.S. Naval Academy where graduated first overall in Military Order of Merit and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chinese. Jordan attended Beijing’s Capital Normal University for one semester as an exchange student studying Chinese language, politics, and history. As an Ensign, Jordan was selected as one of two U.S. Naval Officers to visit the People’s Republic of China and attend the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) basic officer training course at the Dalian Naval Academy. Jordan was then selected for Submarine Service and completed the Advanced Naval Nuclear Power Course in Charleston, SC. He was assigned to the USS Annapolis (SSN 760) for three years where he served as the Reactor Control Assistant and Communications Officer.
Jordan has also served as Navy Aide to the Institute for Defense Analyses Joint Advanced Warfighting Division in Alexandria, VA, Naval Liaison for the Lincoln Laboratory Space Systems Analysis Group in Boston, MA and research assistant at the United Nations (Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation) in Vienna, Austria. He was chosen for the Navy’s Graduate Education Program and earned a dual Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) in Political Science and Technology Policy. As a graduate student, Jordan was awarded a Chinese Ministry of Education Scholarship for thesis research in international space law at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
After six years of service as a Submarine Officer, Jordan was selected by the Navy to attend law school at Georgetown University Law Center. Upon graduating law school, Jordan will serve in the Navy JAG Corps. Jordan speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin Chinese. His interest and research in China spans several years and topics to include Chinese nuclear weapons policy, space policy, and international maritime law. He and his wife, Katharine, are both from Pittsburgh, PA and are high school sweethearts. In 2017 they welcomed their daughter, Aida. The family resides in Annapolis, MD.