Senior 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 Senior National Security Analyst.

Job Summary:

Deliver high quality analyses for DoD and other government sponsors associated with national security, covering a wide range of strategic and operational issues.


1.Conduct 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 (60%)

2.Lead internal study efforts related to novel national security topics requiring development of new analytic approaches and/or technical/operational solutions (15%)

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

4.Develop strategies for future studies and analysis in support of the National Security Analysis Mission Area and other Mission Areas through engagement with current and potential sponsors and subject matter experts within the national security domain (10%)

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:

M.S. or equivalent in the physical sciences, mathematics, operations research, economics, quantitative policy, or a related quantitative, scientific, or technical discipline. Minimum of 10 years experience in DoD or U.S. government applying analytic techniques to address operational or strategic issues. Superb oral and written communications skills; ability to articulate complex issues to senior decision makers. Solid grasp of National Security Strategy and strategic issues. Experience using a variety of analytic techniques to address these issues. Experience advising to a Service or joint command in conducting rigorous research and studies.

Desired Qualifications:

PhD in physical sciences, mathematics, operations research, economics, quantitative policy, or a related quantitative, scientific, or technical discipline.

Security: Top 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 Top 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, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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