Director, Strategy, Forces and Resources Division

Alexandria, Virginia
Apr 03, 2017
Jun 01, 2017
Full Time


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for profit corporation that operates three Federally-Funded Research Centers (FFRDCs): the Systems and Analyses Center serving the Department of Defense; the Science and Technology Policy Institute serving the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, the National Science Board, and other offices and councils within the executive branch of the federal government; and the Center for Communications and Computing serving the National Security Agency. IDA provides objective analyses of national security issues and related national challenges, particularly those requiring extraordinary scientific and technical expertise.

The Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD), one of eight research divisions within the Alexandria-based Systems and Analyses Center, performs interdisciplinary analyses of plans and policies related to national security strategy; the structure and capabilities of US, allied and adversary forces; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense; global developments in military technologies; and human capital challenges.  In addition, the Division assists U.S. agencies and partner nations in organizational management challenges, including development, implementation, and improvement of the management processes necessary to sustain efficient and effective national security establishments. 


Reporting directly to the IDA President, the Director leads the division in providing high-quality analyses and advice to its sponsors in DOD, DHS, other US government agencies with national or homeland security missions, and foreign security partners of the US.

The Director is responsible for delivering annually about 90 staff-years of effort distributed across more than 60 active research projects. 

The Director supervises an accomplished staff, about 90% of whom hold graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines spanning the physical and life sciences, economics and the social sciences, mathematics and operations research.  About one third of the staff have served in the armed forces or at senior levels in the US government. 


We seek a senior-level executive and leader with extensive experience

  • organizing and directing analyses of complex global and national security problems;

  • anticipating future challenges and building analytic organizations suited to addressing those challenges;

  • working with senior government officers to shape research agendas supporting policy and program decisions.

The selected individual must have familiarity with US military strategy and force planning, national security management processes and organizations, and an understanding of how advanced systems and technologies affect US national security. S/he should have a working knowledge of federal decision-making processes, the role of analysis in national security decision-making, and civilian or military experience in government.

We are looking for a team player who can interact effectively with senior leadership in the Department of Defense and other sponsoring offices; work cooperatively with other IDA research groups; and engage with a diverse set of government organizations and advisory groups.

An advanced degree in an analytic discipline is required for this position. The selected individual should have a deep understanding of analysis and analytical methods; be able to provide leadership in the development of high-quality products in support of SFRD’s missions; and a record of success in creating and sustaining a high-performing analytic organization. 

IDA offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package and a superior professional working environment. IDA is located in a modern office facility, directly off an interstate, minutes from the Pentagon. To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on key national programs and plans.

The selected individual will be subject to a security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. U. S. citizenship is required.