Research Assistant, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies

American Enterprise Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Mar 08

Position description

The American Enterprise Institute is seeking a full-time research assistant to work in the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies on issues related to the US defense budget, weapons acquisition, technology development, Pentagon reform, force planning, military strategy, and the role of Congress in national security.  

Primary responsibilities include analyzing raw defense-spending data from the Pentagon and congressional primary sources in support of drafting and editing op-eds and reports. Candidates should possess demonstrated experience with detail-oriented quantitative data analysis and communication of analytical conclusions through writing. Additional primary duties include organizing and coordinating frequent private and public events with high-level interlocutors and conducting outreach and follow-up with attendants to create lasting coalitions. This position also requires the ability to effectively communicate with AEI colleagues throughout all duties.

Further, candidates must excel at administrative support and preparation of a principal for frequent briefings with government, media, and military personnel on topics including defense issues, foreign policy, and executive or legislative political dynamics. The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated ability to thrive in fast-paced environments. Experience with general defense issues is a plus, as is familiarity with the federal budgeting process, military operations, and weapons systems. 

Qualified candidates should submit an online application at, complete with a resume, cover letter, writing sample and transcript.

Application instructions

Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and unofficial academic transcripts to 

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