Operations Analyst and Project Lead, U.S. Africa Command (Germany)

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory(JHU/APL) is seeking an on-scene operations analyst and project lead to provideanalytic support and technical expertise to the United States Africa Command(USAFRICOM) and provide reach-back for the Command. This position reports organizationally to theDirector of the Science, Technology & Innovation Office; however, theanalyst may lead or support studies and projects directly for the Commander, USAFRICOM,J-Code Deputies, or Service Components in response to pressing needs of theCommand. The primary work location is at Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart-Möhringen,Germany.

Job Summary:

Provide analytic expertise and thought leadership to USAFRICOM,organizationally reporting to the Science, Technology & Innovation office(J804). Conduct short- and long-term studies addressing issues of importance tothe command, to include finding material solutions to operational needs, conductingdemonstrations and validations of technology in operational scenarios, and aligningtechnical capabilities with operational requirements. Primary duties includeplanning, coordinating, managing, and executing studies to support plans andoperations, mitigate U.S. forces' capability gaps, and enhance Partner Nation capabilityand capacity.

Coordinate research and study requirements across USAFRICOMand execute priorities across the Command and provide reach back to JHU/APL andto external organizations working on challenges relevant to the command.

Provide analytic guidance to JHU/APL study teams executingstudies for USAFRICOM.

Note that since thisposition is overseas, the specific start date will depend on ensuring that therequired host nation agreements are in place. As a result, the position may notbe available until after the beginning of calendar year 2018. In the mean time, there may be opportunitiesfor temporary duty assignments with USAFRICOM to start providing analyticsupport to the command and in preparation for assuming full-time on-site duties.


  1. Support USAFRICOM with operations analyses and projectleadership as directed. Study support may be as a study lead, managing anoutside effort, or as a member of an internal or external study team. Provideliaison for reach back to JHU/APL as required and appropriate. (80%).

  2. Engage with other military commands andorganizations, industry, government labs, Federally Funded Research andDevelopment Centers, University-Affiliated Research Centers, Defense AdvancedResearch Projects Agency, and other analysis organizations to build andmaintain awareness of emerging issues. Communicate findings to government teamat appropriate level, including coordination with USAFRICOM teams workingcurrent initiatives (20%).

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

Master's degree in a relevant discipline. 5 years ofexperience in operations analysis. Recognized expertise in combatant commandoperations, command and control, or support. Strategic thinker with ability tointegrate ideas from multiple disciplines. Ability to work independently andwith government teams. Demonstrated record of excellent oral and writtencommunication skills.

Desired Qualifications

Doctorate, or equivalent experience, in a relevantdiscipline. 10 years of experience in operations analysis. Recognizedexpertise in combatant command operations, command and control, and support.Experience in developing effective collaborations with government and industrypartners. Ability to influence and lead government/industry teams workingacross multiple commands and organizations.

Special Working Conditions

This position is located in Stuttgart-Möhringen, Germany withroutine local and international travel (20%). Supervision and prioritization oftasking will be provided by government lead.


Active Top Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selectedwill be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet theeligibility requirements for an SSBI and access to Sensitive CompartmentedInformation. Preference for current SSBI. Eligibility requirements include UScitizenship.

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 www.jhuapl.edu.

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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