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Company: Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.
Location: Alexandria, VA
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Manufacturing, Engineering, Aerospace



The Undersea Technology Analysis Group (UTAG) within SPA supports the Navy and other government organizations with timely and objective capability assessments, technology evaluations, and strategic planning that integrate the technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business aspects of undersea warfare (USW) and broader Navy issues. UTAG provides mature, turnkey products that reflect all of the factors important to decision makers. Our clients are Flag Officers/Senior Executives and others who require robustly integrated support.


The candidate will provide analysis to support SPA's Navy clients, particularly in the area of undersea warfare. SPA uses a wide range of analytical approaches to find rigorous and objective answers to our clients' most difficult national security problems. The candidate will be part of a team of analysts responsible for shaping undersea warfare investments and identifying desired capabilities for future undersea forces. The candidate will contribute to mature and meaningful recommendations to SPA's clients that reflect the range of operational and technical factors needed to make informed decisions.

  • The candidate will be responsible for analysis of future undersea warfare capabilities across a variety of areas. These analyses must consider and integrate a range of factors, to include operational utility, technical feasibility, cost, programmatic and policy implications, and business cases.
  • The candidate should be a quick learner, and will be responsible for independently researching and coming up to speed on new and complex topics.
  • The candidate will be required to anticipate and respond to new client needs, including identifying problem areas and opportunities, and considering how SPA should develop new or existing tools or analytical approaches to address these challenges.
  • The candidate will develop and present briefings, papers, and demonstrations of analytic results to clients to support their decision-making.


  • The candidate should possess at least a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (such as political science, national security studies, international affairs, public policy, military history, engineering) and relevant professional experience demonstrating proficiency in these subjects. A Master's degree is strongly preferred.
  • The candidate should possess at least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience (an advanced degree may be considered a partial fulfillment of additional years of experience) working in support of the Department of Defense, an armed service, or a related position (such as think tanks, Congressional staff, or federally funded R&D centers). Direct experience analyzing future capabilities for the armed services, and/or doctrine/warfare concept development is a plus.
  • The candidate must have demonstrated strong skill sets in research, writing, critical thinking, and analysis.
  • The candidate should have a demonstrated understanding of national security topics through education and/or experience. Previous service as a submarine officer is a plus but not required.
  • The candidate should possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to summarize and communicate complex ideas and analytical findings to a variety of audiences. Experience directly interacting with, briefing, and advising DoD or armed service decision makers is a plus.
  • The candidate should be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • The candidate should be effective and comfortable working both independently and in a collaborative group environment. Experience leading projects and teams is desirable.
  • The candidate must be a US citizen, and hold a SECRET security clearance. Holding a TOP SECRET clearance is highly desirable but not required.
  • Educational background in modern military operations, military strategy/history, European or Indo-Pacific regional studies, deterrence theory/practice, arms, or related topics is desirable.

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