Research Analyst - Live Fire Testing of Naval Systems

The Institute for Defense Analyses
Alexandria, Virginia
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Field of specialization
General / Technical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time
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The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) has an immediate career opening for a Survivability Analyst supporting the Department of Defense's (DoD) assessment of the combat survivability, operational effectiveness, and suitability of military surface ships, submarines, and maritime systems, and the lethality of maritime target weapons and munitions. The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit corporation that operates three federally funded research and development centers to provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise. IDA research staff members conduct multi-disciplinary analyses in an environment that encourages rigorous, independent research on challenging and complex issues. IDA provides an inclusive work environment and a comprehensive, competitive salary and benefits package.


The Live Fire group within OED supports and advises DoD officials regarding the live fire test and evaluation of Major Defense Acquisition Programs. The Analyst will be required to evaluate all aspects of surface ship and submarine survivability, which include detecting and avoiding threats, withstanding hits to the ship, control of damage, reconfiguration of systems and restoration of mission capabilities, and protecting crew and passengers. The Analyst will support test planning, observe operational and live fire testing, review modeling and simulation results, conduct independent analyses, and provide written assessments and recommendations to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The Analyst will work independently and in small teams. The position involves close interaction with mid- and senior-level civilian and military officials responsible for the planning, development, and execution of live fire tests.

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