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Job Title:  Director, Center for Technology and National Security Policy
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  National Defense University
Job Announcement Number:  NDU-14-029-1070688

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$149,995.00 to $161,600.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 14, 2014 to Monday, April 14, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 3 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort McNair, DC View Map
U.S. Citizens
Top Secret/SCI


This is a senior leader position in the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) within the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University (NDU). 

The National Defense University, under the direction and leadership of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and oversight of the Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Staff (J-7), offers a collegial and collaborative academic environment to support the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an upredictable and complex world in order to anticipate and overcome future challenges to national security. 

The mission of the Institute for national Strategic Studies (INSS) is to conduct research in support of the academic and leader development programs at NDU, and to provide strategic support to the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Unified combatant Commands. INSS  includes the following Centers: the Center for Strategic Research (CSR), the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs (CSCMA), the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP), the Center for Complex Operations (CCO), and the National Defense University Press (NDU Press).

 The mission of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy is to research national security and defense policies in the context of transformational changes in emerging technology, advanced concepts, actionable recommendations, to publish and distribute findings, and to introduce research results in the joint professional military education classroom.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel requirements for this position are occasional. The incumbent may be required to travel up to 10-15% of the time and travel may occasionally involve hostile and/or austere environments, if required.


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Background Investigation is required


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The Director exercises senior executive direction over all Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) activities under the guidance of the NDU President and the Director of Research and Strategic Support.


Coordinates with the Director for Research and Strategic Support, the other Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) research centers and other components throughout the University to determine requirements to support the missions of joint education and leader development.


Engages stakeholders within the Joint Staff, Office of the Security Defense (OSD) (primarily Policy and Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics), and the other agencies regarding the potential undertaking of dual-purpose (Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) and stakeholder) research projects.


Initiates, manages, reviews, and presents the results and implications of strategic studies, including independent research, policy reviews, and planning initiatives, in response to direct tasking from stakeholders to provide strategic support or in support of the NDU mission.


Maintains currency in area related to the CTNSP mission by interacting with University officials, foreign areas specialists, strategic analysts, industrial managers, economists, and other experts or authorities in relevant fields.


Creates new, cutting-edge knowledge that not only informs current DoD and interagency leaders, but best develops, educates, and prepares students for their roles as National Security leaders in an unpredictable and complex world.


Enhances faculty development regarding the impact of technology as it pertains to their communities of interest and facilitates the infusion of new knowledge into the curricula and fosters continuous learning for faculty and students.


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Required Qualifications:


Master's degree in a national security-related area; PhD or terminal degree preferred.


A minimum of 15 years experience working at senior management roles in civilian or military components of the U.S. Government, non-government organizations, or other entities in the area of technology and national security policy. 


In-depth experience and knowledge of recent literature relating to technology and national security policy. Familiarity with science and technology, civil-military activities integration, emerging challenges such as cyber and space, and advanced education topics would be beneficial.


Experience interacting with high-level government officials, senior officers, and private-sectors professionals.  Skills in building bridges among diverse organizations.

Desired Qualifications:

Skill in developing and teaching graduate-level courses in relative areas dealing with technology issues in national security policy. 


Record of high quality research

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.



Applicants will be evaluated by information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.  


How candidates will be evaluated:


1) Education
2) Leadership

3) Research

4) Building Partnerships

5) Creativity and Innovation 


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NDU has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.  NDU employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telecommute.  To find out more, go to



  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This is a National Defense University (NDU) civilian faculty position as provided under Title 10. The first year of employment will be probationary. Appointment NTE 3 years; may be renewed in one to three year increments thereafter.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.   See required documents below.


Click ‘Apply Online' to Create an Account or Log in to your Existing USAJOBS Account.


  1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  4. Check application status or return to a previous or incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.  


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page  using the following Vacancy ID: 1070688. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. 


You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. 




  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire

  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire

  1. Fax the completed 1203 FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


  1. Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
  2. You may fax or upload copies of your higher education transcripts to verify possession of degree(s) held. Unofficial copies are acceptable at the application phase. You will be required to provide official transcripts at the time of tentative offer of employment.
  3. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  4. Veterans Preference Documentation - If applicable, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), Standard Form 15, and VA Letter.


Please do not provide documents that are not listed above or documents that contain your photo or medical records.


Bill Sass
Phone: (317)212-6379
Agency Information:
DFAS National Defense University DFAS NDU
8899 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants. You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied. Please do not call requesting status. Once a selection is made all applicants will be notified via email.


It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate.

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