Space Security Threat Analyst

The Aerospace Corporation - Chantilly, VA4.0

30+ days ago
Requisition ID: 42109

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia); Herndon, VA (Virginia)

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning clandestine to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?



The Strategic and Global Awareness Directorate (Project West Wing) provides technical intelligence analysis and research for a broad range of national security space and intelligence community customers. The Space and Global Security (SGS) team works to provide unique, timely and independent assessments and counsel pertaining to current and future threats to the use of space. This position is located in our Reston, VA office.

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive awareness and understanding of current and developing threats to current and future U.S. national security space systems, architectures, and overall U.S. space superiority. Specific threat domains of interest include but are not limited to: orbital and ground-based kinetic energy, directed energy, and electronic warfare systems; navwar; supply chain; sabotage; signals intercept; nuclear; cyber/spacecyber; conventional; and non-conventional threats throughout the world.
  • Identify and address space and space threat needs of the Space Security Defense Program and its customers.
  • Perform detailed orbital mechanics related analyses using tools such as SOAP, STK or MATLAB.
  • Proactively identify and articulate key threat issues and the impact of those issues on customer concerns; advocate for research tasks to address key national security counterspace threat issues at both the strategic and tactical level.
  • Integrate understanding of non-threat disciplines such as orbital dynamics, space domain awareness, space system architectures, and system engineering, with threat analyses to develop effective assessments for our customers.
  • Collaborate with local (national capital region), Colorado, Space and Global Security, and other Directorate teams as well as reach back to engineering group staff to provide comprehensive perspectives and capabilities over a wide breath of space and threat concerns. Engage with Aerospace and government personnel at a variety of levels.
  • Build and maintain relationships with other intelligence community and national security space organizations, facilitate the exchange of information and analysis, and maintain and enhance products and processes for preparing those products.
  • Gather, assimilate, process and analyze a wide variety of open source and other forms of data and information, draw conclusions and extrapolate from the available information answers to both specific and general scientific and technical threat intelligence questions.
  • Prepare written technical reports and briefings; present results as required by customer.
  • Assist in identifying and acquiring (as well as occasionally developing) analytical tools.
  • Travel as required to contractor locations, government facilities, and other Aerospace offices.

  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. A master’s degree in an appropriate engineering discipline is desirable.
  • Twelve or more years of experience in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline is required. Significant exposure to orbital threat analysis, the intelligence community, and the national security space community is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrable skills in performing orbital mechanics related analysis, including modeling and simulation, using standard tools such as SOAP, STK, and MATLAB.
  • Demonstrated intellectual curiosity.
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal and working relationships with various levels of corporate staff, peers, management, program offices, customers, and contractors.
  • Demonstrated initiative and strong technical leadership skills, with proven ability to work with and build teams.
  • The ability to travel is required.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
  • Current Top Secret clearance and SCI access strongly preferred.
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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJECT ENGR SR

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI

Access: SCI

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph

Relocation Available: Yes

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Full Time

Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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