Director, Intelligence Analysis Division (IAD)

Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Location
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Jul 28

Position description

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit corporation that operates three Federally-Funded Research Centers (FFRDCs): the Systems and Analyses Center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense; the Science and Technology Policy Institute serving the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and other offices and councils within the executive branch of the federal government; and the Center for Communications and Computing serving the National Security Agency. IDA provides objective analyses of national security issues and related national challenges, particularly those requiring extraordinary scientific, technical, and analytic expertise.

The Intelligence Analyses Division (IAD), one of eight research divisions within the Alexandria, VA-based Systems and Analyses Center (SAC), provides the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and other departments and agencies objective, high-quality, responsive research and analyses across a wide array of critical intelligence issues and disciplines.

Key priorities for the Director are as follows:

  • Integrate and focus IDA analytical capabilities – in active collaboration with other SAC research groups – to meet intelligence community missions, needs, and priorities, as well as the intelligence needs of U.S. military forces and commands.
  • Provide intelligence expertise, analysis, and perspective for other work at IDA to ensure it is well-informed with regard to strategic context, adversary capabilities/intent, and potential S&T developments.
  • Keep abreast of key threats and adversary capabilities relevant to the United States, to its allies and partners, and to its national and homeland security forces and missions.
  • Maintain knowledge of analytical capabilities to support intelligence-related implementation of the National Defense Strategy, with exceptional regional, multi-domain threat awareness in selected areas.
  • Maintain awareness of trends in space-based intelligence capabilities and implications for the IC.
  • Maintain intelligence-based capabilities to conduct adversary emulation studies, analyses, and events as well as provide such expertise to other IDA efforts.
  • Maintain analytical capabilities to assess intelligence-specific processes, procedures, tools and organizations, both current and proposed.
  • Keep abreast of new approaches and methodologies for collecting, analyzing, and using intelligence information/data.
  • Maintain awareness and competence in DOD and IC major system acquisition planning, programming, budgeting and execution processes and timelines
  • Provide oversight and interfaces to maintain continued access to SCIF facilities and high-side information networks for SAC.

Reporting directly to the IDA President, the Director manages an accomplished, multidisciplinary staff (currently about 40 full-time and a dozen part-time employees). From political science, history, economics and anthropology to physics and mathematics, IAD researchers possess a diverse set of skills to support our sponsors. Our IAD researchers are leaders in intelligence, foreign affairs, law enforcement, security and risk management, cyber operations, counterterrorism analyses, and banking and finance.

We are looking for a team player who can interact effectively with senior leadership in the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and other sponsoring offices; work cooperatively with other IDA research groups; and engage with a diverse set of government organizations and advisory groups.

We seek a senior-level executive and leader with extensive experience organizing and directing analyses of complex global intelligence and national security problems; anticipating future challenges and building analytic organizations suited to addressing those challenges; working with senior government officials to shape research agendas supporting policy and program decisions.

The selected individual must have familiarity with U.S. intelligence, the national intelligence complex, military intelligence strategy and force planning, national security processes and organizations, and an understanding of how intelligence systems and technologies affect U.S. national security. S/he should have a working knowledge of federal decision-making processes, the role of analysis in national security decision-making, and civilian or military experience in government.

The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of analysis and analytical methods; be able to provide leadership in the development of high-quality intelligence and analyses in support of IAD’s missions; and a record of success in creating and sustaining a high-performing analytic organization. An advanced degree in a relevant discipline is mandatory for this position.

IDA offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package and a superior professional working environment. To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on key national programs and plans.

The selected individual will be subject to a security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship is required.

To learn more and to apply for this position, please visit our website at The Institute for Defense Analyses is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

U.S. Citizenship is required

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