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The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a federally funded research and development center supporting the Department of Defense and other federal agencies that require rigorous and objective analysis of national security issues. The Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD) performs interdisciplinary analyses of plans and policies related to national security strategy, the structure and capabilities of US, allied and adversary forces, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense, organizational efficiency and management issues, and human capital challenges. SFRD has an opening for a Research Analyst to contribute to analyses principally focused on socio-cultural aspects of human capital strategy and organizational effectiveness.
Research Analysts are career research staff, typically with PhDs. Research Anlaysts engage with senior US government officials to develop research programs on government policy, budgetary, and program choices. After defining a research question, Research Analysts:
Some research tasks will be narrowly focused, while others will address a broader spectrum of concerns. Research Associates contributing to SFRD’s human capital programs of work will apply social and behavioral science theory, conceptual models, and qualitative methods to problems associated with the contribution of culture, climate, opinions, attitudes and other socio-economic factors to the effectiveness of national security policies, programs, operations and organizations. RAs are expected to demonstrate proficiency in rigorous and structured analytic techniques and to be familiar with modern computer applications appropriate to the individual’s academic discipline. RAs are members of interdisciplinary research teams and must demonstrate good interpersonal communications skills and contribute effectively to a team approach to problem solving. The issues that IDA addresses change constantly and RAs are expected to be adaptable and self-motivated, demonstrating a capacity for independent thought and sound judgment while creatively applying rigorous analysis methods to complex policy problems. As part of the research process, IDA research teams will travel to US government or US security partner field locations (typically headquarters or office-like locations).
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