Space Security Threat Analyst

Requisition ID: 45306

All Locations: Herndon, VA (Virginia)

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning clandestine to commercial, you'll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration - to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves. When you join our team, you'll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?


The Strategic and Global Awareness Directorate (Project West Wing) provides technical intelligence analysis and research for a broad range of national security space and intelligence community customers. The Space and Global Security (SGS) team works to provide unique, timely and independent assessments and counsel pertaining to current and future threats to the use of space as well as the effectiveness of strategic deterrents.

Key Functions

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive awareness and understanding of current and developing threats to current and future U.S. national security space systems, architectures, and missions. Specific threat domains of interest include but are not limited to: orbital and ground-based kinetic energy, directed energy, and electronic warfare systems; navwar; supply chain; sabotage; signals intercept; nuclear; cyber/spacecyber; conventional; and non-conventional threats throughout the world.
  • Perform detailed modeling and simulation, or other engineering analysis of orbital mechanics, architectures, communication links and other related analyses using tools such as MATLAB, Python, SOAP, and STK.
  • Identify and address space and space threat needs of the Space Security Defense Program and its customers.
  • Proactively identify and articulate key threat issues and the impact of those issues on customer concerns; advocate for research tasks to address key national security counterspace and nuclear deterrence issues at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Build and maintain relationships with other intelligence community and national security space organizations, facilitate the exchange of information and data, and maintain and enhance products and processes to ensure the relevance of the group's analyses.
  • Collaborate with local (national capital region) and other (Colorado, California, New Mexico) Directorate teams, as well as reach back to engineering group staff, to provide multi-disciplinary analyses and comprehensive perspectives over a wide breath of space and threat concerns.
  • Protect and maintain the organization's reputation for integrity and unbiased, independent, high-quality analysis.
  • Gather, assimilate, process and analyze a wide variety of open source and other forms of data and information, draw conclusions and extrapolate from the available information answers to both specific and general scientific and technical threat intelligence questions.
  • Prepare written technical reports and briefings; present results as required by customer.
  • Assist in identifying, acquiring/developing, and leveraging analytical tools.
  • Travel as required to contractor locations, government facilities, and other Aerospace offices.


  • At least a bachelor's degree in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline is required. A master's degree in an appropriate science/engineering discipline is desirable. The research skills demonstrated by a Doctorate-level degree are desirable.
  • Eight or more years of experience in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline is required. Significant exposure to threat analysis, the intelligence community, and the national security space community is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrable experience in modeling and simulation and other forms of detailed technical analysis in areas such as orbital mechanics, space architectures, and communication links and budgets, using standard tools such as SOAP, STK, Python, and MATLAB.
  • Demonstrated intellectual curiosity.
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal and working relationships with various levels of corporate staff, peers, management, program offices, customers, and contractors.
  • Demonstrated initiative and strong technical leadership skills, with proven ability to work with and build teams.
  • The ability to travel is required.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. Government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
  • Must have or be eligible for a current Top Secret clearance and SCI access. Current TS/SCI strongly preferred.

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title : PROJ ENGINEER

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret

Access: SCI

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph

Relocation Available: Yes

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Full Time

Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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