Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

  • Policy Analyst

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Policy Analysis
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Strategic Systems Analysis Group provides multiple organizations within the Department of Defense with timely and objective assessments and recommendations that integrate technical, operational, programmatic, policy and business analysis.  We focus on key clients in the undersea community including Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), and NAVSEA program managers for the COLUMBIA Class SSBNs and in service submarines.  We work to provide integrated solutions based on information and communications throughout the chain of command to ensure clear and consistent analysis and recommendations that are aligned to strategic and leadership goals while still being executable by the working level technical communities.


    Perform work on various National Security topics in support of a range of US Dept. of Defense customers including Navy SSP and OPNAV N5I.  Responsible for leading and participating in analytical studies, developing or reviewing papers that analyze or recommend positions on issues, developing and presenting briefing materials, and developing materials necessary for policy execution. Function as a subject matter expert and provide consistent thought leadership to customers.


    • Master’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations, National Security Studies, or related field.  
    • 3-6 years of experience in support of the U.S. Department of Defense or an Armed Service or in a related field.  
    • Experience directly interacting with, briefing, and advising senior DoD or Armed Service decision makers.  
    • Direct experience with development, analysis, or implementation of nuclear, biological, chemical, or conventional arms control strategy or policy is a plus
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as strong presentation skills.  
    • Must be proficient in using Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    • Must be capable of breaking down complex issues into simplified problem statements and laying out objective approaches to identify and compare the merits of competing solutions.
    • Must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship is required. Candidates will be subject to a security investigation.

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Master’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations, National Security Studies or related field.
    • Education in deterrence theory/practice, arms control theory/practice, military strategy/history, modern military operations, strategic communications, or European or Indo-Pacific regional studies.
    • Final Secret or TS Security Clearance.


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