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Adjunct Research Analyst - China

Company: Institute for Defense Analyses
Location: Alexandria
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:


Provides technical, scientific, and analytical expertise in support of IDA's work requiring independent and objective research, test, study and analyses of national security issues and related national challenges, particularly those requiring extraordinary scientific and technical expertise. Supports IDA's role as a trusted and decisive contributor to U.S. security and science and technology debates.


  • Researches, analyzes, and evaluates intelligence community issues based on provided parameters, guidelines, and/or specifications of the project.
  • Individually or as a member of a research team, prepares reports documenting conclusions and/or findings; may present findings of the final report to project sponsors and select audiences.
  • May be assigned as project leader to one or more projects to provide technical direction for project planning, requirements, budgetary objectives, and assignment of responsibility and authority.
  • Works with other researchers and sponsors to identify, prioritize, and communicate emergent issues for IDA, its sponsors, and the national security community.
  • Develops and sustains working relationships with sponsors to ensure that opportunities for further support and collaboration are understood.
  • Maintain awareness of, and potentially contribute to, cross-divisional intelligence-related projects in conjunction with other IDA divisions. Mimimum Job Qualifications:
    • Applicants must have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in Defense or National Intelligence with a focus on China.
    • Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree. Candidates with advanced degrees will be given preference.
    • Applicants must have proven ability to perform independent research, conduct rigorous analysis, and effectively present findings and recommendations orally and in writing.
    • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work in an unstructured environment and on more than one project concurrently.
    • Applicants must have a deep understanding of Defense and National intelligence. Progressively responsible experience in three or more of the following intelligence disciplines is required:
      • All source analysis in military, regional or scientific and technical areas.
      • Development of intelligence tools and tradecraft for SIGINT, GEOINT, MASINT, HUMINT, or OSINT disciplines.
      • Collection management for Defense and National systems.
      • Intelligence processing, exploitation and dissemination.
      • Analysis of intelligence requirements and development of solutions.
      • Support to joint operations through the joint planning process including development detailed Functional Support Plans and National Intelligence Support Plans.
      • Planning, programming, budgeting and execution of Military Intelligence Program or National Intelligence Program resources.
      • Travel may be required. (0 - 10%)
      • Candidates must have U.S. citizenship and an active TS clearance with recent SCI Access (within the last six months/current SSBI). Candidates who do not meet this requirement will not be considered. About IDA

        The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a private, nonprofit corporation headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. IDA's mission is to answer the most challenging U.S. security and science policy questions with objective analysis leveraging extraordinary scientific, technical, and analytic expertise.

        IDA embraces diversity and supports an inclusive work environment. Working here requires energy, commitment, flexibility, and teamwork. Whether you're a graduate student ready to start your career, a professional looking for your next challenge, or a member of the military hoping to transition to the private sector while continuing to make a difference in the national security of your country, we offer exciting opportunities to learn and grow.

        Sponsors rely on IDA for dispassionate, fact-based, and scientifically rigorous research and advice performed in a research environment free of commercial or shareholder interests where objectivity and the public interest are foremost.
        The work produced by IDA is characterized by unquestioned objectivity and high quality. Because of our unique relationship with our U.S. Government sponsors, IDA enjoys unusual access to classified government information and sensitive corporate proprietary information.

        Why work at IDA?
        • Competitive salary and benefits, including diverse health insurance options, generous 11% contribution to retirement, 6 weeks 100% paid parental leave, 20 days paid time off, and relocation reimbursement.
        • Mission-oriented work at a non-profit that supports and protects our Nation's warfighters; as a non-profit, IDA employees are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL).
        • Organization-wide commitment to diversity in the workplace and providing a working environment free from discrimination, by fostering a culture of active citizenship and implementing data-driven processes of continuous feedback and learning.
        • Professional development including tuition reimbursement, internal and external trainings, and funding for researcher-pitched projects and publications.
        • A strong employee and corporate culture of work-life balance, including commitment to average 40-hour work weeks through flex time, telework options, and expectation of communication only during core business hours.
        • Located in Alexandria's high-tech corridor, IDA's brand new Potomac Yard facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, workspaces and amenities, including a cafeteria, grab-n-go cafe and gym.
        • Easy access to local dining and shopping, the Potomac Yard Metro stop (opening Fall 2023), and the Potomac Yard DASH bus stop. Employer contributes $280/month (IRS max) to commuter benefits.

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