Defense Trade Analyst III

Cherokee Federal
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 01

Position description

The Defense Trade Analyst III reviews, analyzes and evaluates cases in several commodity categories assigned to him/her (e.g. military electronics, arms and ammunition, aircraft, tanks, naval vessels, radar and missiles) to identify all pertinent legal, policy, regulatory, and related procedural considerations. 


Includes the following: 

  • Reviews, analyzes and evaluates cases in several commodity categories assigned to him/her (e.g. military electronics, arms and ammunition, aircraft, tanks, naval vessels, radar and missiles) to identify all pertinent legal, policy, regulatory, and related procedural considerations. 
  • Collects and analyzes data and information provided by U.S. industry and available precedent cases. 
  • Determines the necessity for, and refers for recommendations, significant cases (e.g., those without precedent or involving sensitive countries) to concerned agencies, such as the Department of Defense and NASA, as appropriate, as well as to appropriate bureaus in the Department. On cases not requiring referral, incumbent relies solely on his/her judgment on whether to approve, return without action, or deny license applications or other requests. 
  • Hosts and/or attends meetings to discuss case merits with all stakeholders in cases with significant national security and foreign policy considerations based on current geopolitical considerations (e.g., missile technology proliferation concerns, significant human rights concerns, etc.). 
  • Coordinates outside recommendations and makes decisions to approve or deny license applications and manufacturing, technical assistance and distribution agreements. Drafts all necessary clauses and provisos to be incorporated into approved licenses and agreements. 
  • Determines, based on legislation or U.S. policy, whether a particular request requires Congressional notification and prepares the required notification including coordination with appropriate offices /agencies. 
  • Recommends to the Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy certain cases, which, in his/her judgment requires verification to determine the validity of the transaction. 
  • Recommends to the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance certain cases, which, in his/her judgement require potential investigation for violation activity. 
  • Conducts discussions with U.S. industry on individual cases prior to submission as well as during the review process. 
  • Provides to industry guidance on export policy and administrative practices, and interprets the ITAR and pertinent laws and legislation. This includes occasional presentations to industry, training courses and assigned portions of licensing and policy seminars. Makes or assists in making determinations regarding whether items are on the U.S. Munitions List. 
  • Drafts and coordinates, as necessary, emails, memoranda, congressional letters, standard operating procedures, escalation justifications, and other communications on matters relating to his/her responsibilities, including decision memoranda for the signature of the Secretary of State. 
  • Represents, under minimal supervision, the Office and Directorate at Bureau and Departmental export control and non -proliferation groups and training/outreach activities. 
  • Represents, under the supervision of a government employee of higher grade, the Office, Directorate, Bureau, or Department, depending on context, in meetings within the Department and interagency and with foreign governments and industry, providing expert advice, explaining laws and regulations, and explaining or defending official policies and positions. 
  • Works closely with the Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy and U.S. Customs officer assigned to DTC on the EXODUS program by providing guidance necessary to determine the seizure or release of shipments detained by Customs, or to determine jurisdictional control and compliance with U.S. regulations. 
  • Maintains, thorough review of current world events, technical journals, etc., current knowledge in foreign policy, industrial, and technological advances across the full breadth of the Office of Defense Trade Controls Licensing responsibilities. 
  • Operates with a minimal level of supervision in determining responsibilities for managing assigned portfolio, planning, organizing, and executing assigned responsibilities, including defining project objectives and requirements, initiating contact and coordinating activities with other organizations, and providing expert advice and guidance directly to senior officials both within and outside the Bureau. 
  • Analyzes and evaluates arms export control policies, procedures, and methods, in light of U.S. foreign policy objectives and makes recommendations for modifications to the supervisor. Coordinates on drafts of proposed arms export policies, practices, and procedures for the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the United States Munitions List (USML). 
  • Assists employees of a higher grade in identifying, formulating, forging consensus for, executing, and following up new licensing policy initiatives. 
  • Performs licensing data analysis to support and inform policy-making officials, with review by employees of a higher level grade. 
  • Drafts cables, decision/info memoranda, briefing papers, and other related documents to ensure they are consistent with licensing policy, they support U.S. policy goals and objectives, and they are consistent with pertinent U.S. laws and regulations. Sends such materials to Senior Licensing Management for final approval. 
  • As delegated by a supervisor may assigns work to lower grade analysts. Maintains cognizance of the status of projects and cases. Reviews completed work, as necessary. Provides guidance, answers questions, and provides additional training, as appropriate 


  • Non-supervisory. Reports to Program Manager.



  • Bachelor Degree or higher 
  • Must have 5+ years of AECA and ITAR regulatory experience. 


  • Successfully pass a federal background check and a drug screen 
  • Knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and national security, including Department of State objectives. 
  • Knowledge of legislation affecting arms transfers. 
  • Knowledge of DDTC registration, compliance, and licensing processes. 
  • Strong customer-service focused skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal and partnering skills. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and presentation skills. The government may require writing samples. 
  • Strong computer skills to include use of Microsoft Office Suites. 
  • Demonstrated ability to research, interpret and apply regulatory material in the process of evaluating license applications and taking final action on specific requests. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with short-fused actions, meet deadlines; manage time, distribute responsibilities, and achieve milestones and deliverables. 
  • Has working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs and be able to operate all office equipment including but not limited to: telephones, copy machines, fax machines, scanners, printers, and computers. 
  • Cherokee Federal employees are included as covered employees in U.S. Presidential Executive Order 14042, which mandates Covid vaccines for federal contractors. Executive Order 14042 is currently blocked from enforcement pending court proceedings. Therefore, Cherokee Federal is halting the application of the mandate; however, if the injunction is lifted, Cherokee Federal will restore administration of the vaccine requirement. 


  • A Climate-controlled office environment. 
  • May be required to travel within Domestic and/or International.

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