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Senior Cryptologic Plans and Programming Analyst

ARA is looking for a dynamic candidate to Cryptologic Plans and Program support at Ft. Meade, MD. The ideal candidate shall be responsible for conducting short and long-range plan reviews, reprogramming activities, technical reviews, requirements reviews, organizational structure, and systems and resource analysis to accomplish the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing (ISRW) mission. Generate analyses, position papers, documentation, and briefings in response to programmatic requests from the Resources and Requirements/Plans and Programs (RM/XP) director and Wing staff. Advises the RM/XP director on policy, requirements, and programmatic matters. Incumbent facilitates the selection of key strategic priorities for the 70 ISRW and defines objectives and actions required to achieve them. Coordinate with staff, subordinate groups and squadrons, NAF, Air Combat Command (ACC), DoD Services, support contractors, and other combat support agencies as required to complete planning activities. Evaluate and provide input into strategic organizational planning, higher headquarters requirements development, and project implementation matters related to transition or other planning. Works with USAF Reserve Command and National Guard Bureau (NGB) regarding associate production responsibilities between 70 ISRW and Reserve Classic Associate Unit (CAU) and Air National Guard (ANG) intelligence squadrons. Provides support to senior leaders. Adapts implementation plans as necessary to changing senior leader plans and priorities.

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.

Senior Cryptologic Plans and Programming Analyst - Contingent Security Clearance Requirements:
TS/SCI with CI Poly

Senior Cryptologic Plans and Programming Analyst - Contingent Required Experience:
  • Masters with 10+ years' experience, or BS with 18+ years' experience or AS with 22+ years' relevant experience
  • Minimum of 6 years Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) experience serving as director, chief, or NCOIC/Superintendent
  • Group, Wing staff or NAF program manager experience

Senior Cryptologic Plans and Programming Analyst - Contingent Desired Experience:
  • Experience with SIGINT mission, Cyber ISR, or National Tactical Integration is desired but not mandatory
  • MAJCOM/HQ USAF action officer experience desired
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or experience with Project Management
  • Experience working at or with US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) or Air Force Cyber (AFCYBER) organizations
  • Experience with Air Component, Combatant Command, or Air Force Major Command intelligence requirements

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