Ballistic Missile Analyst

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Applied Research Associates, Inc

Position description

The Capital Area Division (CAD) of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) has an outstanding opportunity for an exceptional Ballistic Missile Analyst with experience identifying, characterizing, and assessing global ballistic missile proliferation and procurement trends. This position routinely provides defense planners and operators with timely and accurate characterizations of adversary missile threats, WMD programs, and weapons-related S&T developments. This right candidate will generate recommendations in the form of technical briefings, reports, and other analytic documents. The position also devises, evaluates, and recommends new methodologies and analytical tools that are under development. This candidate will also collaborate with the Intelligence Community, Defense Department, national labs, and academia to address missile-related threat issues. As a Ballistic Missile Analyst, you provide guidance to less experienced staff, reviews the work of others, authoritatively contributes to multi-functional analytic teams, and maintains currency in understanding relevant missile technologies, trends, and procedures.



Required Qualifications:

  • BS or BA degree in political science, international relations, or related field
  • 7+ years of experience with intelligence analysis, including employing multi-INT databases to develop analytic assessments and briefings
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ballistic missile programs, trends, and technologies, missile defense developments, WMD, and/or counterproliferation
  • Practical understanding of the technical requirements – both established and improvised – required to improve ballistic missile capabilities
  • A working familiarity with global missile defense-related programs, technologies, and initiatives
  • Understanding of global technology control, arms-control, and nonproliferation efforts associated with ballistic missiles (MTCR, New START)
  • Experience characterizing and assessing technical improvements related to other advanced weapons systems, including cruise missiles, UAVs, and long-range rockets
  • Demonstrated proficiency utilizing S&T and academic databases
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within or lead a team of peers, as well as excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to communicate complex analyses at a level comprehensible to laymen and senior-level government representatives
  • Ability to clearly express in writing technical analysis results and program characterizations
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Active TS clearance with SCI eligibility



Desired Qualifications:

  • Graduate level or advanced degree in political science, international relations, or related field
  • Military or defense-related experience and an understanding of operational planning and WMD pathway defeat
  • Experience effectively devising, utilizing, and communicating methodological approaches to complex problem sets
  • Familiarity working with ballistic missile and S&T analytic centers within the IC and/or DOD (MSIC, NASIC, MDA)
  • Familiarity with DTRA and its support to DoD, Services, and Combatant Commands




Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1200 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership fosters greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at


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