This is a Research Fellow position in the Center for Complex Operations (CCO) of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University (NDU).
The mission of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) is to conduct research in support of the academic and leader development programs at NDU; to provide strategic support to the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Services and Combatant Commands; and to engage with the broader national security community in the service of the common defense.". INSS includes the following Centers: the Center for Complex Operations (CCO), the Center for Strategic Research (CSR), the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs (CSCMA), the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CSWMD), and the National Defense University Press (NDU Press).
The mission of the Center for Complex Operations is to foster unity of effort among Department of Defense and interagency personnel in complex operations, including stabilization, irregular warfare, and security assistance; to collect and analyze lessons from military and civilian personnel; and to incorporate those lessons into policy, joint doctrine, education, training, and exercises on such topics as counterinsurgency, stability operations, security cooperation, and interagency coordination. CCO's principal journal, PRISM, informs members of U.S. federal agencies, allies, and other partners on complex and integrated national security operations; reconstruction and nation-building; relevant policy and strategy; lessons learned; and developments in training and education.
NDU develops joint warfighters and other national security leaders through rigorous academics, research and engagement to serve the common defense.
This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.
- Occasional Travel
- Occasional Travel - 10 to 15 percent
To qualify for this position, you must:
- Must possess an earned Master's degree (doctoral degree preferred) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) in an appropriate discipline such as international relations/affairs, public policy, or national security affairs.
- Must demonstrate in-depth experience in conducting scholarly research and publication on issues related to complex operations including: irregular warfare, counterinsurgency, stability operations, security cooperation, and interagency coordination and on the implications of these matters for U.S. national security policy and defense plans, or have at least five (5) years of relevant professional expertise or experience relevant to the mission of the component.
- Must have significant experience as a practitioner or researcher in conflict areas conducting shared and/or independent research and writing and engagement in the field of irregular warfare, counterinsurgency, stability operations, security cooperation, and interagency coordination, preferably in books and peer-reviewed journals.
- Experience and a record of success in briefing and interacting with officials in the Department of Defense, other USG agencies, and foreign governments.
- Skill in developing and teaching graduate-level courses in relative areas dealing with international affairs or national security policy and decision-making.
Background or Security Investigation: This is a Special Sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security determination to occupy a Special Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.
The Research Fellow serves in the Center for Complex Operations with a research portfolio focused on issues related to complex operations including: irregular warfare, counterinsurgency, stability operations, security cooperation, and interagency coordination and on the implications of these matters for U.S. national security policy and defense plans. The incumbent's primary duties are to support the INSS and CCO missions and their major stakeholders by: conducting research in support of Joint education, leader development, and strategic support; publishing peer-reviewed original research articles (or their equivalent) and promoting research products through briefings, social media, opinion pieces, and other outreach activities; conducting and/or participating in briefings, roundtables, workshops or conferences (or their equivalent) resulting in event reports; producing internal products for and from educational outreach events and trips that support DoD and other national security organizations; making presentations in the senior fellow's area of subject matter expertise to assist other NDU components; responding promptly to all administrative and management requests for support; increasing CCO output through collaborative relationships; and leading or participating on collaborative teams as requested.