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Research Analyst -Systems, Tactics and Force Development

CNA, 3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America Req #93
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Systems, Tactics, and Force Development (STF) division is part of the Center for Naval Analyses.  Its mission is to provide analysis for decision-makers to support the development of tactics and employment of forces, the modernization and management of forces, and the establishment of integrated requirements.  The division includes 75 full time and part time analysts with advanced degrees in physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and other technical disciplines. Analysts support decision-makers by quantifying naval warfighting capabilities and limitations under realistic employment conditions; developing empirical or theoretical estimates for the performance of fleet systems and platforms; and developing creative solutions to complex tactical and force design challenges. 


The STF division’s key lines of research include tactical employment analyses, force development analyses, and system performance analyses. Our tactical employment-related work focuses on the tactical development of systems, platforms, and forces; warfare and multi-mission tactical employment from platforms to maneuver units, and capability gaps.  Our force development-related work focuses on technology military utility requirements, cost effectiveness analyses, future force architectures, and modernization issues.  Our systems performance-related work focuses on design/engineering analyses, test performance and systems operational evaluations, system/system-of-systems interoperability, and modeling performance under operational conditions.


The STF division is currently organized around warfare domains with four research programs:  Undersea warfare; Surface and Integrated Air and Missile Defense; Aviation and Air Warfare; and Cyber warfare, IT, and Net Ops.

Primary Purpose

Serve as an important contributing team member on projects or lead smaller/less complex activities. Demonstrate analytical competence. Duties and/or Responsibilities

1 Develop sound analytic frameworks and associated analytic methodologies/ techniques for addressing both structured and unstructured problems. Consistently produce high quality analysis. 2 Develop and maintain broad, general institutional knowledge of primary clients/sponsors; their culture, organization, and issues. 3 Support business development efforts and/or marketing activities by maintaining strong client relationships through high quality work, increasing the visibility of our work, and other related activities such as proposal preparation. 4 Interact with sponsors/clients under the supervision of an experienced colleague, and with study POCs independently. 5 Make significant contributions to research publications and analytic products for individual projects. 6 Communicate results of work in a clear and concise fashion. Effectively communicate one-on-one and in groups. Document work efficiently and accurately. Effectively present work to colleagues, sponsors, and small audiences that are familiar with content. 7 Work with minimal or no guidance on focused, well-structured pieces of projects. Work under closer supervision on more complex, less-structured tasks. Serve as task lead for pieces of projects by managing own activities. May lead small projects under the supervision of an RTL/CMD. 8 Exhibit a positive attitude in interactions with colleagues and clients/sponsors. Provide clear guidance to colleagues on tasks. Take responsibility for own actions and outcomes. 9 Perform other duties as assigned.


1 Education: Minimum Master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience, PhD preferred. 2 Experience: Typical minimum requirements PhD & 0+ years or Master’s & 2+ years of experience in research and analysis. 3 Skills: Ability to make significant contributions to projects/analyses; Strong analytic curiosity/ creativity; Ability to operate independently in the execution of assignments; Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment; Strong critical thinking skills; Knowledge of research techniques; Strong planning and organizational skills; Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; Ability to interact positively and somewhat independently with clients. 4 Other: Ability to obtain and maintain an Active Secret Security Clearance.

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  • Job Family Research
  • Job Function Career Path I - Research
  • Pay Type Salary
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