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Vice President and Director - Systems, Tactics, & Force Development Division

CNA, 3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America Req #123
Thursday, October 8, 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.



The Vice President & Director (VP/Director) reports to the Executive Vice President (EVP), Center for Naval Analyses.


The VP/Director is responsible for leading all aspects of the division to include, but not limited to, the day-to-day and long-term success of the division. Responsibilities include shaping the portfolio of work to meet the most important needs of our sponsors, anticipating sponsor needs and building analytic capacity to meet current and future demand, and ensuring that the division’s work and service to our clients are relevant, timely, high quality, on budget, and delivered in a form that is useful to decision-makers. S/he is also responsible for identifying, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce, which includes members of the division’s management team.


S/he provides insightful and credible leadership to the EVP Center for Naval Analyses and Corporate leadership. S/he provides support, direction, and solutions that are creative and forward-looking. This leadership role also carries with it personal and corporate responsibility to build and sustain a respectful workplace.


  • Develop and shape the strategic direction and long-term vision or the division.
  • Oversee the development and execution of focused programs of research that align with senior DON and DOD leader priorities.
  • Maintain and develop strong and effective sponsor relations to ensure the work of the division is supporting the needs of DON and DOD sponsors and their leadership.
  • Oversee the division’s business development efforts to secure task-order funding to augment the division’s line-item funded research program and to support FFRDC ceiling attainment.
  • Ensure the division organization, staff, and core mission is aligned with the evolving challenges and needs of our sponsors.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external partners to ensure broad exposure for the division’s analytic products through a variety of venues and media platforms to maximize impact of the work.
  • Ensure high standards of quality and relevance are met and consistently deliver timely, high quality research and analyses to sponsors. 
  • Oversee and manage the FFRDC Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) and coordinate FFRDC highly classified work requirements internally and externally with the DON and DOD security professionals. Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key DON security professionals supporting FFRDC contract-related security requirements.
  • Exercise sound financial management of the division
  • Work collaboratively with CNA’s human resources team to recruit and retain a high quality, diverse staff sized to execute the division’s work in a timely fashion.
  • Mentor and provide for the professional development of the staff.
  • Build effective, high functioning teams and select and develop the division’s leadership team. Set clear objectives and measures, and hold staff accountable for outcomes. Motivate and coach direct reports to acquire skills and capabilities that contribute to a high performance team.
  • Leverage various approaches to communication to ensure employees are aligned with organizational goals and regularly receive other timely information. Engage employees and promote a collaborative work environment.
  • Be a strong corporate leader and contribute to the success of the FFRDC and CNA as a whole. Proactively support the organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Support the growth and development of the next generation of CNA leaders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Vice President, FFRDC.


  1. An advanced degree in a technical field (i.e., physics, mathematics, data science, engineering, economics, or other fields relevant to the division’s research portfolio) is required.
  1. Professional Experience:
  • At least 10 years’ experience as an analyst since attainment of advanced degree is desired.
  • Past research program management experience or experience as a director of large research and analysis projects is required.  Prior experience working for a FFRDC is preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy is desired.
  • Technical and practical knowledge sufficient to understand specific technical and operational needs of sponsors is required.
  1. Skills:
  • Authentic leader and manager with a collaborative and inclusive approach in assessing individual/organizational challenges, problem-solving, and developing partnerships.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and proven record of accomplishment of developing and maintaining collaborative relationships across a broad range of professionals and government sponsors at all levels, including senior levels.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication and presentation skills with demonstrated ability to be persuasive and communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Strong leadership and management skills with a record of accomplishment of effectively leading performance and outcome based programs and staff. Demonstrated thought leadership both internally and with clients.
  • Ability to understand and objectively critique research projects being carried out and identify areas or methods of improvement.
  • Proven ability to handle a variety of demands simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple, competing priorities.
  • Experience in recruiting, managing, developing, retaining and objectively evaluating performance of research staff, program/project managers and other professionals.
  • Commitment and support to create a diverse and inclusive work environment in which employees are encouraged to be forward leaning and share ideas; demonstrated success negotiating and managing problems to positive resolution; and ability to build and sustain a respectful workplace.
4. Security clearances: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an active Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) and higher security clearance.  Preferably, the candidate will already hold an active TS/SCI security clearance.

CNA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service and protected veterans, or other non-merit based factors. In addition to federal legal requirements, CNA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. These protections extend to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting and hiring practices, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training and career development programs. For more information about EEO protections, please view the EEO is the law posters below: "EEO is the Law" Poster; "EEO is the Law" Poster Supplement. The pay transparency policy is available here: Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Poster


To be considered for hire, all individuals applying for positions with CNA are subject to a background investigation. For positions requiring access to classified information, U.S. citizenship is required. Individuals will also be subject to an additional government background investigation, and continued employment eligibility is contingent upon the ability to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Other details

  • Job Family Senior Management/Executive
  • Job Function Career Path III - Senior Management/Executive
  • Pay Type Salary
  • CNA, 3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America