Research Associate - Air Force Studies Board

Washington D.C.
Aug 03, 2017
Sep 01, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.


The Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) is broadly concerned with expanding basic knowledge in the physical sciences and engineering and applying science and engineering disciplines in the service of humankind. DEPS works to ensure the effective application and progress of its science and engineering disciplines to provide timely scientific and technological advice to the government, the corporate sector, the professions, and the public in an effort to address problems of national and international significance.


The Air Force Studies Board (AFSB) serves as a convening authority for the discussion of a diverse set of topics of importance to the U.S. Air Force. In collaboration with Air Force leadership, the board develops and executes various Academies activities related to the development and application of science and technology within the Air Force. These activities involve bringing together leading experts to participate in consensus studies, workshops, roundtables and forums.  Recently, these studies have addressed critical issues such as hypersonics, capability based planning and assessment, and multi-domain command and control.




Develops pertinent background research which contributes to a greater understanding of conditions, issues and trends impacting assigned program(s) or project(s), subjects and topics of relevance to the AFSB. Drafts background papers that can support study proposals.


Prepares preliminary outlines of projects to determine appropriate methodology, which may involve developing an historical perspective; identifying prevailing social and economic conditions, outlining legislative considerations; regulatory impact; international involvement in issues; and future trends and implications as this pertains to DoD and Air Force capabilities.


Performs research and analysis for a spectrum of AFSB activities to include meeting of experts, roundtables, workshops, and studies. Documents and establishes files on all statistical analyses performed for reference on future activities.


Prepares data for use in summaries, fact sheets, and reports for dissemination to the sponsor, board and committee members. Edits report material developed by committee members, senior staff, and consultants.


Responds to inquiries about study activities and increases public awareness and actively participates in the dissemination of AFSB reports.


May assist with administrative duties related to programs/projects as needed.  Will require active security clearance and the ability to work independently in a classified facility.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to solve intellectual problems of appreciable variety and complexity using originality and ingenuity. Ability to exercise appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies’ departments through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.

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