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.


    The candidate will perform as Open Skies Lead in support of Navy and Marine Corps Treaty on Open Skies implementation and compliance.  The candidate will lead a team that performs analysis, reports results, and assesses impacts to DON for Treaty on Open Skies implementation and compliance positions and issues, Open Skies Consultative Commission decisions, and Open Skies Treaty-allowed sensor capabilities (electro-optical, infrared, and synthetic aperture radar), as related to sensor decisions.  The candidate will support for a variety of meetings related to implementation and compliance with the Treaty on Open Skies. The candidate will plan, coordinate, and schedule for qualified personnel to staff the Treaty Management Center (TMC) during Open Skies passive observation missions, training missions and training events.  The Open Skies team will provide and record notifications to DON facilities during Open Skies passive observation missions utilizing existing DON information management systems and procedures.  The Open Skies team will track Open Skies mission information, provide impact assessment summaries, and file imagery on DON information systems.  The candidate will oversee the preparation of training materials and installation support materials in order to maintain DON preparedness to receive Open Skies missions.


    • BA in Political Science, International Relations, National Security Studies or related field (or equivalent professional expertise)

    • 5-10 years of experience in arms control, international relations, national security policy, public policy and/or weapon system backgrounds

    • Ability to manage a team executing multiple projects and schedule personnel as needed

    • Strong written and verbal communication skills

    • Ability to travel domestically and internationally

    • Proficiency with MS Office applications

    • SECRET clearance required

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Master’s Degree in related field

    • 3-5 years of experience as subject matter expert related to the Treaty on Open Skies and/or experience addressing sensor capabilities as they relate to the Treaty on Open Skies in response to OSD, JCS, and other taskings

    • Experience with the Department of Defense (DoD) sensor working group and/or Open Skies Consultative Commission

    • Experience serving in a military operations center

    • Knowledgeable of arms control agreements including the Open Skies (OS) Treaty, Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), U.S.-International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards Agreement, IAEA Additional Protocol, Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and others

    • 5-10 years of experience in working complex DoD international treaties and agreements or with similar topics in related agencies

    • Knowledgeable of operations of the OC-135B, An-30 Tu-154/214 aircraft

    • Top Secret Clearance


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