Adjunct Research Analyst – Military Capabilities And Program Planner

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Posted by: Institute for Defense Analyses on Mar 25, 2020


Alexandria , VA

Job Description:


IDA’s Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD) in our Systems and Analyses Center performs integrated, interdisciplinary studies of plans and policies related to national security strategy, the structure and capabilities of U.S., allied, and adversary forces and supporting infrastructure.  In addition, the Division assists U.S. and partner nations in development, implementation, and assessment of the management processes necessary to sustain efficient and effective national security establishments. 

Challenging career opportunities now exist in SFRD. IDA takes great pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking and objective results.  Work at IDA is conducted in a team environment and often involves a multi-disciplinary approach.  Researchers work closely with, and are in frequent contact with, government sponsors.  Consequently, strong communications skills will be greatly valued.


SFRD is seeking candidates for the research staff to contribute to DoD’s defense institution building programs.  The work involves assisting ministries of defense of U.S. security partners in developing defense strategy and policy and linking that result to capability-based planning and multi-year program planning.  This work is largely performed overseas in the ministry of the US security partner being supported.  Frequent overseas travel (on average, roughly 2- to 3-week deployments four to six times per year) is an essential and necessary component of the work.  Contributions to other SFRD research program areas (such as joint capability analyses; risk identification and management; organizational design and assessment; and analysis of the efficacy of particular programs or operational concepts) are possible.


Highly qualified individuals are sought, particularly self-starting professionals. Successful candidates need to exhibit strong analytical and communication skills, a capacity for independent thought and sound judgment.  Candidates will need to exhibit excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrate the ability to contribute effectively to a team approach to problem solving. 

We are seeking candidates who have demonstrated sustained professional accomplishment in the fields of strategy and policy and resource management during civilian or military service within the DoD or defense ministry of a foreign nation, including:
An advanced degree in national security strategy, military operations research, economics, quantitative political science, or methodologically similar disciplines. A pattern of assignments involving some or all of these responsibilities: development of national security, defense, or military strategy and policy; drafting of planning guidance; definition and analysis of military capability requirements; development or analysis of multi-year program plans within a resource decision making process; comparative quantitative analyses of military program or capabilities; cost and/or cost-effectiveness analyses of military programs or capabilities. An assignment as a civil servant or military officer at the GO/FO/SES or equivalent level in a capability or resource planning organization within the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Ministry of Defense, a Combatant Command, the Joint Staff, the Headquarters staff of a Military Service, a Military Service Component Command to a Combatant Command, a Defense Agency, or their foreign equivalents. Familiarity with mission area analysis and capability assessment. Candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter outlining how their skill set, experiences, and education align with the defined responsibilities.  Upload as one document with resume.  Candidates must be prepared to provide a writing sample. Candidates must identify three references capable of attesting to the candidate’s skills in military capability or requirements analyses.  Candidates selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Ability and willingness to accept a robust schedule of overseas travel is essential.  

U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
Equal Opportunity Employer

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About Institute for Defense Analyses

IDA is the Institute for Defense Analyses, a not-for-profit corporation that operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) in the public interest: the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications and Computing. IDA exists to promote national security, preserve the public welfare, and advance scientific learning by analyzing, evaluating, and reporting on matters of interest to the United States Government.

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