International Affairs Specialist

29 Jan, 2023


International Affairs Specialist

Arlington, VA

LinQuest is seeking a motivated International Affairs Analyst familiar with national security space systems to join our team at the Pentagon. The International Affairs Specialist will support the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs (SAF/IA).

This is an opportunity to be part of a team implementing the National Defense Strategy’s initiatives to strengthen alliances and attract new partners, with a particular focus on integrating partner capabilities into our National Security Space Enterprise Architecture.

SAF/IA has overall responsibility for international programs for the Department of the Air Force. The SAF/IA staff analyzes information from diverse sources, develops viable options, provides actionable recommendations, prepares policies for approval and drafts official guidance/procedures via official DAF publications to ensure implementation of those policies.

The International Affairs Analyst provides expertise to assist SAF/IA with fulfilling his or her responsibilities as the Department of the Air Force (DAF) lead for external strategic engagement on space security cooperation and capability integration activities, in collaboration with the offices of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration, and the Chief of Space Operations. This includes identifying potential partnerships and/or collaboration opportunities to help fill capability gaps, increase resilience, and improve interoperability.

The International Affairs Analyst primarily supports the Space Division (SAF/IARS) as part of the International Space Integration Team. Working independently, or as part of a diverse multi-disciplined team, the International Affairs Specialist will:

Facilitate interoperability efforts, including expediting authorized information sharing with international partners;
Support senior leader engagements with partner nation counterparts by researching historical and contemporary issues, as well as opportunities for cooperation, collaboration, and interoperability, and preparing materials such as biographical and issue background papers, and recommended talking points;
Work with Integration partners and the Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO) to exploit available and emerging collaboration tools;
Facilitate collaboration with Integration partners by exploiting current and potential resources like All Partners Access Network (APAN) (the Unclassified Information Sharing Service (UISS) for the U.S. DoD), and Battlefield Information Collection and Exploitation Systems (BICES);
Facilitate incorporation of additional capabilities/applications to increase utility of current and emerging tools, such as Integrated Space Situational Awareness (ISSA) on BICES;
Support the oversight and management of a BICES Community of Interest that includes Combined Space Operations (CSpO) Partners, for example
Analyze information from diverse sources, determine relevant facts, develop viable courses of action, and provide actionable recommendations;
Help establish the processes to facilitate the integration and synchronization of international partner space capabilities into DAF space architectures;
Prepare and deliver executive level briefings, reports, and summary papers; explain complex concepts in relatively simple language; summarize key decisions; and provide recommendations supported by analysis.
Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree plus 20 or more yrs. applicable experience
An active TS//SCI clearance is required for the position
Experience or education in international affairs (Relevant experience may include assignment as a Foreign Area Officer or Defense Attaché; service as a Liaison Officer or Exchange Officer; assignment with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA); assignment(s) with Combatant Commands involving routine official interaction with Allies and international partners)
Familiarity with the full range of Space Operations and Associated Capabilities (per Joint Publication 3-14)
Familiarity with Defense Space and National Security Space in the areas of strategy, requirements, capabilities, architectures, programs, acquisition, and operations
Familiarity with civil, commercial and international space capabilities
Preferred Qualifications
Well qualified candidates will have some of the following experience:

Master’s degree in a relevant field (for example, Space Systems Engineering or International Affairs)
Experience in operations, engineering, scientific, analysis, policy, or planning related to National Security Space
Experience with the Foreign Military Sales program
Headquarters Air Force (AF/SF/SAF) staff experience within the past 3 years
Experience supporting OSD, Service HQ or DoD Agency or IC staffs
National Security Space (NSS) acquisition program management experience
Familiarity with the Department of Defense Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES)
Familiarity with requirements development concepts, processes, boards, and documents comprising the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS)

COVID-19 Compliance Guidelines:

As a federal contractor, all LinQuest team members may be required to comply with Executive Order 14042- Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, which may include mandatory vaccination and ability to provide proof of vaccination status prior to start of employment. Additionally, team members are expected to comply with all safety protocols related to mask wearing and physical distancing while in covered contractor workplaces. If applicable, prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement through LinQuest Human Resources and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.


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Job posted: 2023-01-29