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Sr. Engineering Analyst for Space Policy and Strategy

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Filter by Date: Dec 3, 2018

Filter by Location: McLean, VA, US, 22102

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44144 

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:  

We are looking for a Senior Technical Space Policy/Strategy Analyst to provide support to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Space Threat Assessment Cell (STAC).  The Senior Technical Space Policy/Strategy Analyst will assist the Intelligence Community’s Office of the Space Executive (OSX) in the conveyance of STAC’s technical threat information to senior policy makers and the impact that threats may have on the performance of space systems and their architectures.  This position directly supports the ODNI STAC’s mission to provide threat analysis and evaluation support to Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) space-acquisition customers.  


Key Functions:

  • Serving as ODNI/STAC’s technical liaison to senior ODNI, IC, and DoD space-policy customers assisting non-technical customers in understanding complexities of space systems engineering and architecting as applied to space survivability and space control.
  • Working across the interagency; e.g., DoD, State Department, IC, National Space Council (NSpC) and National Security Staff to understand their broader space-intelligence needs and translate those needs into technical requirements to inform STAC analyses.
  • Participating in senior-level space strategy and policy meetings to include Congressional engagement. 
  • Supporting the implementation of national-level space strategies, policies, and direction as it pertains to the ODNI and STAC’s mission. 
  • Reaching back to find and employ Aerospace technical expertise as needed to meet customer’s unique mission needs; and
  • Interfacing with senior customers and partnering with individuals in multiple government agencies and in senior-level working group environments.


Required Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution.  
  • A minimum of 12-years of experience in increasingly responsible space, defense, and/or intelligence-related positions.  
  • Direct experience and exposure in participating in space-policy and strategy development and deliberations at senior levels
  • Proven record of engagement (e.g., frequent oral presentations, written communications, or active participation at meetings) with senior national- and military-level (SIS and General Officer) government customers 
  • Experience with and an understanding of national security space systems, space-based applications, or space operations 
  • Basic knowledge of current and evolving threats to US space systems. 
  • A record of demonstrated initiative and technical leadership 
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills, both oral and written.  
  • Occasional travel out of the area (5-10% of time)
  • Current and active TS/SSBI with SCI
  • 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:

  • An advanced degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution    
  • Certification in space policy, space strategy or military-related sciences
  • In-depth knowledge of how space policy issues are deliberated and decided upon at the national-level; e.g., National Security Council 
  • Proven record, with specific examples, of active participation in space strategy and or policy development. 
  • Direct experience in space systems engineering and architecting in support of space survivability and space control
  • Five or more years of direct experience in military or intelligence community space operations. 
  • An advanced understanding of current and evolving threats to US space systems
  • Experience with supporting a space-related program office and facilitating reach back to perform technical analysis and assessments using Aerospace Engineering & Technology Group and Aerospace matrix support.

Work will be performed around the Northern Virginia/DC area with primarily location being McLean, VA. 

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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

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