Research Associate - Supply Chain Analysis - IAD

Alexandria, Virginia
Jul 28, 2017
Aug 30, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers supporting federal decision making – two serving the Department of Defense (DoD) and one serving the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States.  IDA assists the United States Government in addressing important national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise. 

This position is in IDA’s Intelligence Analyses Division (IAD).  IAD supports the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and other U.S. Government Agencies by providing analyses of critical intelligence and national security issues.  IAD is involved in analytical activities across a wide range of cross disciplinary national security and intelligence matters including: programmatic assessments; technical evaluations; social science research; strategic analysis; physical, cyber, and human threat evaluations; and open source exploitation. Short and long term sponsoring arrangements with U.S. Government entities provide a steady stream of intellectual challenges for the IAD staff in the furtherance of national objectives and for identifying opportunities to improve public sector performance.


IDA seeks candidates for a Research Associate position within IAD.  This position requires the associate to research open and protected sources utilizing existing Sponsor processes and databases to formulate assessments of vendors proposing to work with the sponsor.  The associate shall provide assessments and advice (from his/her perspective) pertaining to the Sponsor’s processes and evaluations.  The scope of the evaluations should be made from the following perspectives: counterintelligence, security, foreign ownership/influence, business and financial.  The associate shall be responsive to partner requests through meetings, email and telephone.  The associate will work alongside highly experienced analysts familiar with supply chain operations in the Intelligence Community.  All work will be accomplished off-site (within the Washington, DC metro area) at the Sponsor’s facility in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.


  • Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with a general understanding of supply chain challenges (research librarian skills a plus).
  • Candidates must possess strong all-source analytical skills including the ability to conceptualize, organize and draw inferences from incomplete data and present a cogent and compelling analytic picture identifying, articulating and documenting gaps of knowledge.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, as well as good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to contribute effectively to a team approach to problem definition and resolution.
  • Capacity for independent thought and sound judgment.
  • Thorough familiarity with the national security establishment and the Intelligence Community.
  • Candidates are encouraged to submit a brief cover letter (in addition to a resume) describing their career interests, skill sets, and specific abilities that are applicable to this job.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Candidates are required to have an active TS clearance and recent SCI access (within the last 6 months)/current SSBI; and a Full Scope Polygraph.