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Missile Systems Analyst
Applied Research Associates (ARA) Reston, VA

Missile Systems Analyst

Applied Research Associates (ARA)
Reston, VA
  • Full-Time

The Capital Area Division (CAD) of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) has an outstanding opportunity for a talented Missile Systems Analyst with experience identifying, characterizing, and assessing global missile developments, proliferation, and procurement trends. This position provides Defense, Service, and Interagency audiences with timely and accurate assessments of adversary missile programs, strategic threats, and weapons-related S&T developments. The right candidate will routinely contributes to Defense Intelligence Enterprise deliverables, including but not limited to foundational assessments, warning reports, technical briefings, and other analytic documents. The position collaborates with the Intelligence Community, Defense Department, national labs, and academia to address missile-related threat issues.  The Missile Analyst provides guidance to less experienced staff, reviews the work of others, authoritatively contributes to multi-functional analytic teams, and maintains currency in understanding relevant missile-related technologies, trends, and threats.  The position is expected to understand and articulate official government analytic positions during customer engagements and represent Defense Intelligence Enterprise analytic units as directed.

This position is contingent upon contract award with an anticipated start date in November 2024.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS or BA degree and tangible intelligence analysis experience
  • 5+ years of experience with intelligence analysis, including employing multi-INT databases to develop analytic assessments and briefings
  • Demonstrated knowledge of missile programs, trends, and technologies, missile defense developments, WMD delivery, and/or counterproliferation
  • Practical understanding of the technical requirements – both established and improvised – required to improve lethality of missiles
  • A working familiarity with global missile defense-related programs, technologies, and initiatives
  • Understanding of global technology control, arms-control, and nonproliferation efforts associated with missiles (MTCR, New START)
  • Experience characterizing and assessing technical improvements related to other advanced weapons systems, including cruise missiles, UAVs, and long-range rockets
  • Working familiarity with established Intelligence Community directives, standards, and tradecraft documents
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within or lead a team of peers, as well as excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to communicate complex analyses at a level comprehensible to diverse military audiences and senior-level government representatives
  • Ability to clearly express in writing technical analysis results and program characterizations
  • Word, Excel and PowerPoint proficiency
  • Active TS clearance with SCI eligibility

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree and/or technical training applicable to the aerospace or WMD problem set.
  • Familiarity with state nuclear, biological, and/or chemical (NBC) programs, strategic weapons developments, and WMD-related proliferation and procurement.
  • Understanding of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise, DIA, and Service intelligence production centers.
  • Experience effectively devising, utilizing, and communicating methodological approaches to complex problem sets.
  • Familiarity working with missile, delivery system, and S&T analytic centers within the DOD, IC and/or Interagency.



Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1200 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership fosters greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at


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Experience Required
  • 5 - 7 years: Relevant work experience
Education Required
  • Bachelors or better
Behaviors Required
  • Thought Provoking: Capable of making others think deeply on a subject
  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group
  • Innovative: Consistently introduces new ideas and demonstrates original thinking
  • Functional Expert: Considered a thought leader on a subject
  • Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest
  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
  • Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity
Motivations Required
  • Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help
  • Growth Opportunities: Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility
  • Goal Completion: Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Inspired to perform well by an ability to drive new ventures within the business

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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Applied Research Associates (ARA)

Reston, VA



Posted date

May 03, 2024

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Applied Research Associates (ARA) job posting for a Missile Systems Analyst in Reston, VA with a salary of $68,700 to $112,400 Yearly with a map of Reston location.