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Applied Research Associates, Inc. Senior Defense Technologist in Alexandria, Virginia


The Capital Area Division (CAD) of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is seeking several energetic and experienced Senior Defense Technologists with backgrounds in supporting the Government in the planning and execution of large technology programs. Specifically, we are seeking staff with backgrounds in space, land, air, and naval surface warfare, electronic warfare, tactical intelligence, special operations, and wargaming. Successful applicants for these contingent positions will support the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the National Capital Region or on-site in Honolulu, HI.

These positions supporting the DoD’s Assault Breaker II (ABII) program require candidates with experience performing a variety of program functions, including:

  • Technology transition and working group participation

  • Identification and execution of advanced modeling & simulation capabilities to support transition of advanced warfighting architectures for operational use and the development of capabilities needed to realize those designs

  • Development of strategic and technical plans

  • Research to support procurement activities, schedules, and technology/system transfer

  • Support to assessments, demonstrations, and field trials

  • Conduct of quantitative analyses of system/mission requirements with respect to insertion of advanced technologies

  • Assembly of senior advisory panels to provide studies and assessments on the systems and technologies supporting ABII

  • Definition of test objectives and procedures

  • Systems architecture development

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  • 10 years of relevant experience

  • Current DoD TOP SECRET Clearance with SCI eligibility

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: space, land, air, and naval surface warfare, electronic warfare, tactical intelligence, special operations, and wargaming

  • Ability to conduct kill chain analysis, capability gap analysis, and identify relevant metrics or performance parameters to inform development of CONOPS and/or CONEMPS

  • Experience working with various modeling and simulation platforms and architectures (e.g., AFSIM) and model-based system engineering (MBSE)

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills and excellent time management skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense and/or DARPA

  • Experience with the Assault Breaker program and related modeling and simulation tools

This position is contingent upon award of a contract (one base year + four option years) expected in September/October 2024 supporting the Department of Defense.


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 2000 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership generates greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at www.ara.com .

Please apply at www.careers.ara.com for the Senior Defense Technologist position.




  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

  • Functional Expert: Considered a thought leader on a subject

  • Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest

  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well



  • Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help

  • Job Security: Inspired to perform well by the knowledge that your job is safe

  • Growth Opportunities: Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility

  • Goal Completion: Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks



  • Bachelors or better



  • 10-12 years: Relevant work experience

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)