Analyst in U.S. Defense Budget

U.S. Library of Congress
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 08

Position description

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade (FDT) Division is seeking an Analyst in U.S. Defense Budget to track and analyze policy issues related to the U.S. defense budget, especially interrelationships with key aspects of national security policy and the legislative and executive budget process.

The analyst will provide objective, expert policy analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff, including preparing objective, authoritative, non-partisan, and innovative analytical studies on policy issues of national or international significance; providing personal assistance as a well-informed professional resource on public policy issues throughout the legislative process, including analyzing/evaluating legislative proposals; and planning/leading multi-disciplinary team research projects/seminars.

Applicants should have the ability to plan/execute analytical research projects to address congressional requests on defense and intelligence budgeting, manpower and management by determining whether issues are amenable to statistical/data analytic inquiry; identifying potential data sources/evaluating their authoritativeness and limitations; and synthesizing complex data into easy-to-understand analyses for a non-technical audience.

Strong research, writing and presentation skills are essential. Applicants should be experienced with quantitative approaches to research and familiar with complex defense-related data sets. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of causal relationships among political, security, economic and social dynamics in areas of defense and intelligence. Candidates with experience in reshaping data, data analysis, data analytics/statistical programming, in using data science, visualizations, design thinking/experiential learning to inform research products/processes are especially urged to apply.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy/legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for over a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.


Prepares a variety of descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and written materials on subjects or public policy issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge.

Prepares a variety of analytical reports, memoranda, and written materials on public policy issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge to support congressional decision making.

Participates in planning, organizing, and coordinating group research efforts.

Through personal consultation, assists committees, Members, and staff with consideration of legislative issues by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge.

Participates in CRS seminars, workshops, and/or outreach programs for committees, Members, and staff.

Locates and provides information requested by Members and committees of Congress or their staff.

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