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Nuclear Delivery System Analyst -- Senior Project Engineer

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Filter by Date: May 10, 2019

Filter by Location: Arlington, VA, US, 22202

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44468 

All Locations: Arlington, VA (Virginia); Washington, DC (District of Columbia) 

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?



As the Nuclear Delivery System Analyst, Senior Project Engineer in Aerospace's National Space Systems Engineering Division, you will be responsible for shaping the future of the Nation's nuclear delivery platforms by providing direct support to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S) / Information & Integration Portfolio Management (I&I PM) Office.   Frequently teaming with other offices within OSD, DOE, USSTRATCOM, the Joint Staff, military Services and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) the primary responsibilities will include serving as an expert acquisition advisor and technical authority with experience in the critical technologies of Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) weapons systems, for senior customers in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) charged with acquisition oversight and portfolio management of the DoD nuclear weapon system enterprise--with primary emphasis on strategic Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GSBD) issues pertaining to the DoD-- including system acquisitions, program management, warfighting capabilities, policy and programming.  Must be capable of developing decision-ready material for senior leaders and have the initiative to navigate headquarters and acquisition processes to support the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense nuclear systems portfolio management responsibilities.  The successful candidate will provide technical expertise on site in the Pentagon, and reach-back to corporate technical teams as needed.  This position represents a significant career opportunity, moving from early architecture design through pre-acquisition studies and into early acquisition phases.  Join the team and help chart the course of our nation's next-generation nuclear launch capability. 


  • Independently review technical and programmatic documents and artifacts provided by the customer and the vendors/supplier
  • Identify risks and support the resolution of those risks
  • Primary focus will be the ICBM & GBSD programs but the candidate may also assess other strategic deterrence programs at the customer's discretion
  • Provide acquisition and mission assurance oversight, systems engineering, integration, and detailed technical analyses of on-going and proposed modifications and upgrades across the Air Force nuclear enterprise, such as the Minuteman III weapon system, weapon system integration within Minuteman III sub-systems, NC3 systems, and new acquisitions to include Airborne Launch Control System and the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD)
  • When further analysis is required for specific issues, engage other subject matter experts within the Aerospace backplane, OSD, and the Services to lead and complete such analysis



  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, mathematics or other related technical discipline from a recognized institution


  • An active TS/SCI clearance is required

  • A minimum of 12 years experience in systems engineering, technical evaluation, vulnerability assessment, or acquisition oversight in strategic deterrence systems, particularly ICBM systems

  • Key required behaviors include strong critical thinking, good communication skills, high proactivity, product focus, and ability to quickly learn.

  • Familiarity with DoD processes for acquisition (DAS/DoD 5000) / requirements (JCIDS) / resourcing (PPBE)

  • Broad technical familiarity of DoD NC3 Programs of Record and relevant technologies

  • Track record of conducting and leading relevant technical and/or acquisition analyses

  • Strong customer rapport skills, self-initiative, critical thinking, and personal accountability

  • Strong verbal, written, briefing, and interpersonal communication skills



  • 12 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/acquisition experience, including multi-disciplinary systems engineering and/or program management environments
  • Master's degree in electrical engineering, systems engineering or other related discipline
  • DoD acquisition certification

  • Exhibits exceptionally high level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

Nearest Major Market: Arlington Virginia
Nearest Secondary Market: Washington DC

Job Segment: Project Engineer, Systems Analyst, Engineer, Nuclear Engineering, Systems Engineer, Engineering, Technology

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