The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a federally funded research and development center supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) 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. SFRD has an opening for a Research Analyst to contribute to analyses principally focused on nuclear deterrence and assurance.
Adjunct Research Analysts help form approaches to senior government officials to develop research programs on government policy, budgetary, and program choices. After defining a research question, they will:
Some research tasks will be narrowly focused, while others will address a broader spectrum of concerns. Adjunct Research Analysts contributing to SFRD’s nuclear policy, strategy, and force structure programs of work will contribute to analyses of (a) military capability requirements within a portfolio of joint forces and individual Military Service weapon systems employed across a wide range of missions and scenarios; (b) strategies and policies for employment of the Nation’s nuclear capabilities for prevention of major conflict and deterrence of nuclear weapons use, for assurance of allies, and for strategic stability among state actors, including through arms control; (c) relative priorities among and across military capability gaps in the context of all the programs necessary to implement a national security strategy (including the nuclear weapons/forces aspect of deterrence and assurance strategies); (d) the efficacy of particular programs or operational concepts, particularly those related to nuclear weapon systems and forces, in light of plausible future strategic settings; (e) strategies and capabilities affecting or designed to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and forces, and (f) theories of deterrence and assurance and evidence supporting translation of theory into practical policy.
Adjunct Research Analysts are expected to demonstrate proficiency in rigorous and structured analytic techniques and to be familiar with modern computer applications appropriate to the individual’s academic discipline. They are members of interdisciplinary research teams and must demonstrate good interpersonal communications skills and contribute effectively to a team approach to problem solving. The issues that IDA addresses change constantly and Research Analysts are expected to be adaptable and self-motivated, demonstrating a capacity for independent thought, synthesis of a variety of sources, and sound judgment while creatively applying quantitative analysis methods to complex policy problems. As part of the research process, IDA research teams will travel to US government or US security partner field locations (typically headquarters or office-like locations).
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