Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Navy Qualified Validator

Job Locations US-DC-District of Columbia
Systems Engineering: Acquisition
Regular Full-Time


Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) is a well-established and progressive defense contracting company in the Northern Virginia area just a few miles south of the Pentagon.  We are a professional services firm established in 1972 that has a long-standing reputation for unrivaled technical and analytical support to some of the top decision makers in the Federal Sector. We do state of the art work and have a cadre of outstanding professionals on our team.


SPA’s Undersea and Surface Warfare Division (USWD) provides timely, objective, analytic assessments, strategic planning, and expert operational, technical and acquisition support to the Undersea Community.  We are trusted agents of NAVSEA and Program Executive Officer Submarines. 


The candidate will support a PEO (SUB) Program Office and act as the Navy Qualified Validator responsible for the Navy PEO (SUB)’s Risk Management Framework.  The candidate will provide information assurance (IA)/risk management framework (RMF) expertise to government Program or Project Managers who oversee Undersea Acoustic Systems, Combat Submarines, Imaging Systems, or Training Systems.  The candidate will:

  • Provide Undersea Weapon System subject matter expertise to NAVSEA affiliated PEOs and program managers for selected appropriated programs.
  • Oversee and assess the cybersecurity risk assessment process within the overall Risk Management Framework (RMF) Assessment and Authorization (A&A) process, assist with the assessment of the security controls, review RMF packages and certify the residual risk in support of an RMF authorization.
  • Conduct an independent, comprehensive assessment of the management, operational, and technical controls employed within the Navy system. The validator acts as an independent third party who assesses and validates that the system has implemented the approved security control baseline.
  • Support government program managers in evaluating cybersecurity documentation and deliverables from the prime system integrator in support of acquisition milestones and authorizations to operate.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM or relevant field (technical or managerial discipline).
  • 7+ years of relevant experience demonstrating proficiency in areas discussed above for DoD and business IT systems and the phases of Certification and Accreditation (C&A) process.
  • Certification as a Level II AND/OR III Navy Qualified Validator (NQV) as defined by DoD Instruction 8510.01 - Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD Information Technology (IT).
  • Demonstrated leadership and strong communication and customer management skills.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Active Secret Security DoD clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ten (10) years of relevant experience in Information Assurance (IA) or Certification & Accreditation (C&A) related field.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of Navy IT sites, systems and infrastructure.
  • Experience working with Navy C&A efforts as a Navy Validator.


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