Defense Mission Expert

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Defense Mission Expert 2

Position description

As an expert in defense missions, your unique background inspires you to think bigger, push further, and ask questions others don’t. We need your extensive industry knowledge and advisory skills to solve some of our clients’ most complex problems—and find solutions that keep our nation safe. 


As a Defense Mission Expert, you’ll bring your leadership, consulting, strategic, operational, technical, and planning expertise to work alongside thought leaders in consulting and analytics on projects for the Department of Defense. You’ll use your skills and expertise to research, develop, analyze, assess, plan, and support defense and international security missions. 


Work with us to solve, identify, analyze, and evaluate complex systems, policies, and programs related to foreign threats and national security as part of joint missions and USG missions. 


You served your country as an Officer 05 or 06—now, continue your mission with us. Further your career while creating mission-forward solutions that



Join us. The world can’t wait.


You Have:

  • Experience working in a complex and dynamic multi-stakeholder bureaucratic environment, including with Department of Defense, State, and interagency organizations

  • Experience managing projects and teams with diverse stakeholders and personnel

  • Experience demonstrating meticulous attention to detail in preparing and delivering written and oral communications for executive levels

  • Knowledge of Department of Defense, State, and interagency organizations’ missions, structures, authorities, capabilities, resources, processes, and cultures

  • Knowledge of U.S. government roles, responsibilities, and missions related to international security, defense, military, and foreign affairs

  • Knowledge of the strategic guidance that guides U.S. priorities, including National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, National Military Strategy, Contingency Planning Guidance, and the Joint Strategic Campaign Plan, and Department of State strategies and plans

  • Ability to identify, recognize, and manage potential opportunities and risks and proactively develop creative solutions and execute problem-solving actions

  • Top Secret clearance

  • Masters’ degree in Political Science, International Relations, or Strategic Studies


Nice If You Have:

  • Experience planning, managing, and coordinating all phases of an engagement program, including designing, developing, and executing workshops, roundtables, and senior executive meetings in the NCR and overseas

  • Experience coordinating with other USG stakeholders, including with multiple DoD and State Department components, other civilian departments and agencies, and intelligence communities, on requirements, developing way ahead, and implementing activities in support of leader guidance

  • Experience accompanying, supporting, and assisting responsible USG officials when they represent and advocate for equities at various meetings

  • Ability to analyze and report on complex issues, initiatives, legislative matters, executive orders, agreements, and open source, and classified reporting on these issues

  • Ability to conduct research and analysis, draft concepts, analytical notes, after action reports, and briefing materials, and prepare monthly status reports

  • Ability to interpret processes and document lessons learned and best practices for program management

  • Ability to interact and engage with stakeholders to understand current capabilities, processes, relevant authorities, agencies, policies, procedures, best practices, and lessons learned

  • Ability to execute extensive, politically delicate intra-agency coordination and coordinate with officials of other executive branch agencies to resolve dynamic issues

  • Ability to prepare and deliver written and oral briefings, concepts, and proposals to USG representatives and other stakeholders, and read, write, and communicate professionally and effectively across the civilian and military spectrum, including Action Officer, General Officer, Flag Officer, and civilian equivalent levels

  • Possession of excellent organizational and interpersonal skills



Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information; Top Secret clearance is required.


Create Your Career:


Grow With Us

Your growth matters to us—that’s why we offer a variety of ways for you to develop your career. With professional and leadership development opportunities like upskilling programs, tuition reimbursement, mentoring, and firm-sponsored networking, you can chart a unique and fulfilling career path on your own terms.


A Place Where You Belong

Diverse perspectives cultivate collective ingenuity. Booz Allen’s culture of respect, equity, and opportunity means that, here, you are free to bring your whole self to work. With an array of business resource groups and other opportunities for connection, you’ll build your community in no time.


Support Your Well-Being

Our comprehensive benefits package includes wellness programs with HSA contributions, paid holidays, paid parental leave, a generous 401(k) match, and more. With these benefits, plus the option for flexible schedules and remote and hybrid locations, we’ll support you as you pursue a balanced, fulfilling life—at work and at home.


Your Candidate Journey

At Booz Allen, we know our people are what propel us forward, and we value relationships most of all. Here, we’ve compiled a list of resources so you’ll know what to expect as we forge a connection with you during your journey as a candidate with us.



At Booz Allen, we celebrate your contributions, provide you with opportunities and choices, and support your total well-being. Our offerings include health, life, disability, financial, and retirement benefits, as well as paid leave, professional development, tuition assistance, work-life programs, and dependent care. Our recognition awards program acknowledges employees for exceptional performance and superior demonstration of our values. Full-time and part-time employees working at least 20 hours a week on a regular basis are eligible to participate in Booz Allen’s benefit programs. Individuals that do not meet the threshold are only eligible for select offerings, not inclusive of health benefits. We encourage you to learn more about our total benefits by visiting the Resource page on our Careers site and reviewing Our Employee Benefits page.


Salary at Booz Allen is determined by various factors, including but not limited to location, the individual’s particular combination of education, knowledge, skills, competencies, and experience, as well as contract-specific affordability and organizational requirements. The projected compensation range for this position is $84,600.00 to $193,000.00 (annualized USD). The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position and is just one component of Booz Allen’s total compensation package for employees. This posting will close within 90 days from the Posting Date.


Work Model
Our people-first culture prioritizes the benefits of flexibility and collaboration, whether that happens in person or remotely.

  • If this position is listed as remote or hybrid, you’ll periodically work from a Booz Allen or client site facility.
  • If this position is listed as onsite, you’ll work with colleagues and clients in person, as needed for the specific role.

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