National Security Analyst


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a National Security Analyst.

Job Summary:

The National Security Analysis Department develops, leads, and conducts objective, responsive, high-quality studies and analyses of significant issues to support both decision makers and APL's sponsor-facing sectors and departments on issues related to national security, space, and healthcare. NSAD efforts include:

  • Defining emerging challenges
  • Characterizing the future strategy and fiscal environments and their operational contexts
  • Identifying capabilities and requirements for future systems and forces
  • Assessing the impact and implications of new technology, operational concepts, and integrated systems for national security, space, and healthcare policies
  • Determining more efficient uses of resources through analyses of affordability and process improvement

Our analyses are supported by APL's real-world science and engineering expertise and use a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that informs and assists decision-makers in the areas of policy, planning, and acquisition.

We seek scientists and engineers to support our efforts.


  1. Contribute to, as part of a team, and/or lead analyses of systems and their operations; associated doctrinal, policy, organizational, training, logistical, or command, control, and communications considerations; and/or other topics of concern to senior decision makers, all in areas related to national security and other related military, homeland defense, or related interagency operations. (70%)

  2. Communicate results of work in a clear and concise fashion. Effectively communicate one-on-one and in groups. Document work efficiently and accurately. Effectively present work to colleagues, sponsors, and small audiences that are familiar with content. (15%)

  3. Develop analysis plans, identify effectiveness measures and data requirements, craft analytic approaches, and interpret results, and document and communicate results to sponsors. (15%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in physical sciences, mathematics, operations research, economics, quantitative policy, or a related quantitative, scientific, or technical discipline from a highly reputable program or a BS in a relevant discipline and equivalent years of relevant professional experience.
  • Ability to make significant contributions to projects and analyses.
  • Strong analytic curiosity and creativity.
  • Ability to operate independently in the execution of assignments.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Strong critical thinking skills.
  • Knowledge of research techniques.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interact positively and somewhat independently with clients.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Eligibility to obtain a Top Secret clearance is strongly desired.

Security: Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Secret level. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity:Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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