SFRD Adjunct Research Analyst

Alexandria, Virginia
Aug 09, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
Full Time


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a federally funded research and development center supporting the Department of Defense and other federal agencies that require rigorous and objective analysis of national security issues.  The Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD) 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; organizational efficiency and management issues; and human capital challenges.  In addition, the Division assists US and partner nations in development, implementation, and assessment of the management processes necessary to efficient and effective national security establishments. 


  • Uses acquired technical knowledge and experience to research, test, study, analyze, hypothesize, predict, or evaluate a task according to the provided parameters, guidelines and/or specifications of the task order or project.
  • Individually or in a team prepares reports documenting conclusions and/or findings.  May present findings of the final report to task sponsor and/or to select audience(s).
  • May be assigned as project leader to one or more task to assist in and provide technical direction for project planning, requirements, budgetary objectives and assignment of responsibility and authority.


  • BS degree in national security strategy, military operations research, economics, engineering, quantitative political science, or methodologically similar disciplines.  An advanced degree (PhD or Masters) is preferred.
  • Requires ten or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Ability to work in an unstructured environment and on more then one project concurrently.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent research.  Proven ability to publish findings and present findings orally.  Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated innovative thinking and problem resolution.
  • Ability to present ideas, concepts and theories orally and in writing.
  • Ability to interact with Government or industry representatives.
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain appropriate security clearances.
  • Travel is required.