Weapons Systems Policy Analyst

Arlington, Virginia
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 09, 2020
Full Time


This position is part of the Department of Defense, Defense Security Cooperation Agency. DSCA's mission is to advance U.S.
national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. DSCA leads the broader U.S. security cooperation enterprise in its efforts to train, educate, advise, and equip foreign partners. DSCA administers security cooperation
programs that support U.S. policy interests and objectives.
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As a WEAPONS SYSTEMS POLICY ANALYST at the GS-0301-13/14 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • A senior-level professional with responsibility for providing technical expertise and guidance in support of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of various weapons systems to international customers. The individuals will have technical expertise or policy expertise in various focus capabilities and weapons system used by the U.S. Army, US Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, which may include Integrated Air and Missile Defense, C4ISR, Cyber, Electronic Warfare, Munitions, Ground Systems, Air systems (both fixed wing and rotary wing) and Naval systems.
  • Apply technical expertise and job experience to provide guidance to non-technical members of the security cooperation community on appropriate capabilities to meet international customers operational requirements.
  • Document and maintain currency in technical expertise and overall weapon system program awareness in areas such as diminishing supply, system upgrades, technology transfer challenges, production capacities, logistics challenges.
  • Establish and lead inter-department and at times inter-agency working groups to allow for collaborative problem solving and successful team work to accomplish longer term strategic goals of the Department.
  • Manage international competitions by working with multiple services and industry partners and the International partner to maintain a level playing field. this effort will involve strong interpersonal skills and problem solving skills.
  • Understand international defense competition and impact on global economics, maintain awareness of U.S. Defense Industrial Base capabilities, non-program of record systems, and position in the international competitive marketplace.
  • Accomplishes major special projects as assigned.
  • Sponsor and develop inter-agency policies to streamline and improve the overall Security Cooperation processes.
  • Develops official correspondence, messages, items of interest, staff summaries, and talking papers relative to assigned programs, plans, additional duties, and special projects as directed.
  • Review and comment on Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) documents, Congressional Notifications, Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) requests, Exceptions to National Disclosure Policy, Military Article and Services List (MASL) requests, Night Vision Device Requests, Defense Advocacy requests, export licenses and other associated documents.
  • Continue to evaluate processes and identify areas to streamline and reduce administrative burden.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents ( See: How to Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
  • OVERTIME: Occasionally
  • TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position


You may qualify at the GS-14, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Developing, coordinating and representing policies in the area of weapon systems
  • Interpreting and applying national security and arms transfer policy guidelines in the context of technology transfer concerns and overall national policy objectives.
  • Formulating appropriate policy recommendations and procedural recommendations related to technology transfers and weapons sales in support of policy objectives in support of Foreign Military Sales (FMS).
You may qualify at the GS-13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Knowledge of FMS and Weapons Systems/sales, technology transfers to formulate or assist with policy and representing policies in the area of weapon systems.
  • Interprets and applies national security and arms transfer policy guidelines in the context of technology transfer concerns and overall national policy objectives.
  • Knowledge of organizational policies, goals, objectives, and directives as applicable to foreign assistance laws and statutory requirements.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Additional information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
Special Hiring Authority for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

Selective Service Requirement: Please visit http://www.sss.gov for more information.

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Other Notes:

Incumbent is required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (5CFR Part 2634, Subpart I USOGE, 06/08), Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entering the position and annually, in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 23 March 2006.

Re-employed Annuitant: This position Does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

*NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.

Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Administration and Management
  • Oral Communication
  • Partnering

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED
1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume
2. Veteran's Documents
  • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
  • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable). Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months)

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