Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Senior Engineering & Acquisition Analyst

Job Locations US-MD-Linthicum
Program Analysis
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.


The Cyber, Acquisition, Intelligence Group (CAIG) supports the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering’s (OUSD(R&E’s) Damage Assessment Management Office.  This senior position requires daily collaboration with the Military Department DAMO offices and OUSD(R&E’s) Joint Acquisition Protection and Exploitation Cell (JAPEC).  The Senior Military Operations Analyst position will be located at the DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3) in Linthicum, MD but may be required to attend meetings in the National Capital Region (e.g., Mark Center, Pentagon) and occasionally Quantico and/or Chantilly, VA.


SPA has an immediate need for a Senior Acquisition & Engineering Analyst. #IN123


The candidate will serve is the OSD DAMO Team Lead taking direction from the Program Manager in the execution of the DAMO mission.  The candidate will assist the Program Manager with oversight of the Triage Team, Security & Operations Manager, DAMO System Administrator, and Industry Engagement Liaison Officer.  Duties include assignment of tasks, reviewing final draft reports/deliverables prior to submitting them to the Program Manager, overseeing timelines, assisting with DAMO metrics and conducting periodic statistical analysis of compromised data, establishing best analytic practices, and identifying gaps between tools and capabilities. 


The candidate will lead the Triage Team responsible for developing and coordinating procedures for assessing the compromised DoD information; conducting the initial assessments of affected DoD information; creating and maintaining cyber incident timelines; conducting Integrated Product Teams and coordinating with applicable DoD, Military Departments and Agency case-specific subject matter experts, as well as with intelligence and acquisition personnel, as needed.  The candidate will aggregate the analyses for final OSD damage assessment reports to senior members of OUSD(R&E), and support short-notice taskers focused on protection of critical DoD programs and technologies.  Additionally, the candidate will interface with the JAPEC case managers, intelligence lead, and law enforcement lead, as required.



Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in an engineering discipline
  • Minimum of 15 years of DoD experience of which a minimum of 7 years of demonstrated work experience in systems engineering of DoD Weapons Systems
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Project Management with focus on review of Systems Engineering Plans, Test and Evaluation Master Plans, Critical Program Information identification, or Program Protection Plan development/execution
  • Active Top Secret Clearance with SCI eligibility
  • Solid understanding of the DoD acquisition systems
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Proficiency with computers, search-functionality, and databases
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite


Desired Qualifications: 

  • Graduate Degree
  • Adjudicated TS/SCI clearance
  • Thorough understanding of how intelligence and counterintelligence information about threats and vulnerabilities to weapon systems can be incorporated into assessments of acquisition program information.
  • Ability to work both independently and with personnel from multiple organizations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work from high-level, limited and evolving guidance in order to produce timely and effective results is highly desirable


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