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SME AF Multi-Discipline ISR and AF Cryptologic Policy, Agreements, and Risk Management

At ARA, we strive to hire valuable colleagues with not only the right skills, but also demonstrate our core values of passion, freedom, service and growth. As ARA’s Senior Cryptologic Strategist, you will be responsible for providing subject matter expertise to the Air Force Service Cryptologic Component (AF SCC) in the drafting, formulation, coordination, and representation of cryptologic policies and agreements among U.S. Air Force (USAF), Department of Defense (DoD), Combat Support Agencies (CSA) and national mission partners (NMPs). Supports the development and management of cryptologic support agreements, memorandums of understanding/agreement, inter-service agreements, and United States Signals Intelligence Directives (USSIDs). Represents the AF SCC in meetings with representatives from the CSA, NMPs, AF operational organizations (Wings, Centers, etc.) and mission representatives, to ensure USAF cryptologic interests are represented and coordinated. Additionally, assists in executing AFCO's Risk Management (RM) program, ensuring that RM utilizes current guidance to enable and inform all proposed AF SCC missions and capabilities. Prepares high-level briefings, policy papers, and associated compilation tasks concerning complex and diversified matters.

This offer is contingent upon contract award and in certain cases approval of your qualifications for the position by the Prime contractor and the government agency.

SME AF Multi-Discipline ISR and AF Cryptologic Policy, Agreements, and Risk Management - Contingent Security Clearance Requirements:
TS/SCI with CI Poly

SME AF Multi-Discipline ISR and AF Cryptologic Policy, Agreements, and Risk Management - Contingent Desired Experience:
  • Masters with 10+ years' experience, or BS with 18+ years' experience or AS with 22+ years' relevant experience
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Very detailed oriented
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office

A Letter of Commitment is required for this contingent offer.

About Us:
Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. Around ARA you are equally likely to hear a conversation about Kubernetes clusters as you are a debate on merits of a reverse polish notation (RPN) calculator!

While this is all of the Year One and Beyond stuff, Day One is highly impressive too. These are things like our competitive salary (DOE), Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), benefits package, relocation opportunities, and a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels.

ARA is passionate about inclusion and diversity in our workplace. In 2018 40% of our new employees voluntarily self-identified as protected veterans. (Source-AAP EOY 2018 Veterans Data Collection Report). Additionally, the Southeast Division looks not only for the right skills, but also for a cultural fit. We seek colleagues who will contribute to the unique culture that makes ARA such a great place to work. Some of the social impact aspects we have implemented at our division include monthly get-togethers, team outings to local baseball games in the summer, board game lunches, holiday party, corn hole tournaments, chili cook-offs and so on. We are also very proud of our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at