Foreign Telecom Risk Analyst

CENTRA Technology
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 07

Position description

CENTRA Technology, Inc. (CENTRA) is an employee-owned company providing analytic, consulting, and staffing support to U.S. Government national security agencies, including the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, and similar Government clients.  CENTRA’s Homeland Security and Risk Assessment Division (HSRAD) provides a range of homeland security and law enforcement intelligence support, risk analysis and modeling, and program management services to Federal, state, and local agencies. We pride ourselves in developing creative, customized, and flexible approaches that meet our clients’ evolving and dynamic needs.

HSRAD is looking for an articulate, tech-savvy thinker with strong communication and interpersonal skills to engage senior national security decision makers on telecommunications policy issues relating to foreign-owned telecommunications service providers operating in the United States. 

The individual will participate in a multidisciplinary team advising the Director for Cyber Security Risk Management (CSRM) in the office of the Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO) and other senior DoD leadership on the national security risks posed by transactions before Team Telecom (TT).  TT is an informal interagency working group that assesses and addresses national security, law enforcement, and public safety risks associated with foreign applications for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses.  TT’s actions have the potential to exert significant influence on the telecommunications service marketplace in the United States. The successful candidate may also become involved in supporting activities associated with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), particularly with regard to transactions involving telecoms equipment manufacturers or service providers. CFIUS is an interagency committee authorized to review transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person, in order to identify and mitigate the risk such transactions could pose to U.S. national security.


  • The analyst will be responsible for day-to-day management of DoD‘s TT portfolio and will be involved in all facets of the TT case review process including: intra and interagency coordination; threat, vulnerability, consequence, and risk analysis; risk mitigation strategy development and implementation; and compliance monitoring and enforcement.
  • The analyst will review and manage a constantly changing docket of open TT matters. Candidates will evaluate FCC license applications from across the telecommunications services industry.  TT considers matters ranging from start-up resale calling card operations owned by single individuals to the transfer of control of multi-billion dollar Tier 1 data and voice carriers with significant infrastructure and millions of customers.
  • The analyst will articulate recommendations on these matters through concise, compelling written products and oral briefings to government decision makers, frequently up to the Assistant Secretary level.
  • The analyst will create, improve, and maintain business process documentation pertinent to TT case reviews, and administer an internal DoD SharePoint site.
  • The analyst should be comfortable working independently or with an interagency team.


  • TS/SCI eligibility absolutely required
  • Relevant Master’s degree (e.g., national security, international affairs, MBA, etc.)
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant, professional experience
  • Experience writing for and briefing senior government executives and leadership
  • Broad working knowledge of current and legacy IT/telecom equipment and systems, with preference for individuals familiar with security issues  related to such equipment and systems
  • Broad working knowledge of the IT and telecoms industries (i.e., both equipment and service providers), with preference for individuals with  familiarity with IT/telecoms supply chain issues
  • Familiarity with the FCC and the current issues driving U.S. telecommunications and Internet regulation
  • Familiarity with the roles and missions of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
  • Intra and interagency coordination experience
  • Initiative, as well as proactive interpersonal, research, and critical thinking skills
  • Some CONUS travel possible

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