Intelligence Research Specialist

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 29

Position description

This position is located in the Strategic and Proliferation Issues Division, Office of Analysis for Strategic, Proliferation, and Military Issues, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR/SPM/SPI).  INR/SPM/SPI is responsible for the review and analysis of classified, unclassified, and open source materials concerning strategic weapons programs, nuclear force readiness and capabilities, global space and counterspace programs and related Chinese security issues. 


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  • Provides all-source intelligence analysis on Chinese strategic and nuclear forces developments, including plans, programs, and doctrine, related national security, foreign policy and arms control issues.
  • Presents concise, coherent explanation of complex events and concepts in both written analyses and oral briefings.
  • Monitors, evaluates, and disseminates reporting and analysis to customers in the Under Secretariat for Arms Control and International Security and other related Bureaus. 
  • Represents the Department in interagency and intelligence community meetings, provides guidance to Department policymakers and briefs key stakeholders in the U.S. Congress.
  • Works with the senior China strategic forces analyst and Space analyst to implement intelligence support for China’s strategic weapons programs, nuclear force readiness and capabilities, space and counterspace programs.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Obtain/maintain eligibility to access Sensitive Compartmented Information
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience providing all-source intelligence analysis on Chinese strategic missile programs, nuclear weapons programs, Chinese nuclear doctrine and strategic thinking, and attitudes pertaining to international arms control and non-proliferation treaties and regimes and;
  • Experience providing advice, guidance, and consultation to policymakers based on the results of this analysis.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.



See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.


Application instructions

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