Lead Counterintelligence Officer

U.S. Department of Defense
  • Location
    Springfield, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Nov 16

Position description

Counterintelligence (CI) Officers detect, analyze, and mitigate foreign intelligence and terrorist threats affecting NGA personnel, technologies, infrastructure, and/or capabilities. They conduct CI inquiries; support investigations; research and analyze data; provide CI training and awareness; and conduct briefings and debriefings. They also monitor security incidents; coordinate damage assessmen

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lead a combined team of government, military, and contractor personnel in the conduct of counterintelligence (Cl) activities in cyberspace, to include cyber threat analysis, network analysis, and digital forensics. Responsible for vetting, assigning, coordinating, and managing assigned tasks and requests for cyber Cl support. Ensure cyber Cl activities are performed in accordance with all applicable laws, policies, and procedures. Provide technical subject matter expert advice and assistance to Branch, Office, Directorate, and NGA leadership. Review and coordinate final reports and results from cyber Cl activities with leadership. Participate in and represents NGA at internal and external working groups, meetings, conferences, communities of interest, and other events. Develop and maintain standard operating procedures that comply with agency, DoD, and intelligence community policies and procedures. Recommend updates to NGA policies to comply with updated DoD and national level policies. Identify and recommend innovative ways to enhance Cl activities in cyberspace capabilities to meet mission requirements. Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments may include but are not limited to: 1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in the application you submit must support the response you provide to this questionnaire. You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.


Travel Required

25% or less - Travel Required 25% or Less

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Security Investigation


As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards. 

- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)
- Polygraph Test Required
- Position Subject to Drug Testing
- Two Year Probationary Period
- Direct Deposit Required

You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices. 

This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.



MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement: 

1. Proven expertise conducting counterintelligence (Cl) activities in cyberspace including cyber threat analysis, support to computer network operations, and digital forensics. 2. Knowledge of US intelligence community (IC) and DoD Cl and Cyberspace policies and knowledge of Cl activities including collection, investigations, and functional services. 3. Experience coordinating with external agencies on cyber, Cl, and security matters. 4. Experience conducting or supporting counterintelligence, security, or military investigations/operations in support of the DoD, IC, and/or U.S. Government. 5. Knowledge of technical threats posed by foreign intelligence services. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Intelligence Studies, International Relations, Security, Area Studies, or a related field. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in any area listed in option A, plus experience in security, law enforcement, counterintelligence investigations, or a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 4 years of experience in security, law enforcement, counterintelligence investigations, or a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. -AND- LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: Successful completion of an accredited Counterintelligence Special Agent Credentialing Course, the Defense Counterintelligence Agents Course (DCAC) or Service Equivalent Counterintelligence Certification Course as directed by management; Successful completion of the ITC TSCM Fundamentals Course may be required.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: 

1. Current or previously credentialed Cl officer or special agent. 2. Certified digital forensic examiner, such as DoD Cyber Crime Investigator or other formally recognized forensics certification. 3. Five or more years' experience conducting cyberspace operations and/or malware analysis. 4. Meet or exceed DoD Information Assurance Technical (IAT) Level 2 position requirements in accordance with DoD 8570.01-M, to include experience, knowledge, and baseline certification. 5. Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Assurance/Cybersecurity, Mathematics, or a related field.

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