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Senior ODNI Systems Engineering Advisor

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Filter by Date: Jan 10, 2019

Filter by Location: McLean, VA, US, 22102

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43961 

All Locations: McLean, VA (Virginia) 

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?


Summary of Responsibilities

The candidate will provide on-site analytical support in the area of space/ground systems and architectures which will inform high-level resource decisions for the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Enterprise Capacity, Deputy Associate Director for Requirements Analyses (ADNI/EC/SRNSA) within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).   The candidate will assist the government team in developing new modeling tools that can be used to enhance systems analysis.  Additionally, the candidate will interpret results of data analysis to key decision makers, and brief and interact with senior government customers on a frequent basis.  Finally, the candidate will be responsible for coordinating the Aerospace reachback support on technical analysis, studies, threats, technologies, and in-depth assessments based on the customer needs.

Key Functions

  • Conduct first-order systems analysis of proposed satellite and constellation capabilities
  • Perform reach back to Aerospace Engineering Matrix subject matter experts to oversee more in-depth analyses when needed
  • Interpret all analysis results in light of customer needs and brief them to senior government decision makers
  • Interact with and advise senior customers on effective ways forward to meet intelligence mission needs
  • Understand threats and how they impact requirements
  • Understand technology demonstrates that are capabilities driven and how to develop future systems level requirements 


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Science degree in engineering, operations research, or related fields from a recognized institution
  • 12 years of experience in Systems Engineering
  • Proven capabilities in operations research and/or systems analysis
  • Familiarity with National Technical Means collection capabilities for both current and future overhead architectures
  • Proven experience with orbital analysis
  • Proven experience on an intelligence or military staff, advising senior officials
  • Current Top Secret and SSBI
  • This position requires the ability to have and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in engineering, operations research, or related fields from a recognized institution
  • Experience with collectors / spacecraft hardware development programs
  • Proven excellence in communication skills (written/verbal)
  • Familiarity in the areas of GEOINT, SIGINT, COMM and Ground systems
  • Experience working with and leading senior government/SETA/FFRDC personnel and teams
  • Experience in working with the intelligence community


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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

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: Washington DC

Job Segment: R&D Engineer, Engineer, Security Clearance, Secret Clearance, Systems Engineer, Engineering, Government

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