Benefits Offered

401K, Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Employment Type

Full-Time, Exempt


The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is seeking a Senior Fellow for Airpower Studies to lead research on national security topics, airpower strategy and operational concepts, the aerospace industrial base, and enabling technologies, in addition to related policy and budget issues. The Senior Fellow for Airpower Studies  provides insights, analysis, and perspectives for the national security community on all areas related to military strategy, operational concepts, and technologies through an airpower lens.


Research, Publish, Promote (approximately 65% of effort):

  • Produce regular, timely reports and issue papers in a collaborative manner that provide unique analysis and will help inform the national security debate and decision-making process, with a focus on airpower topics
  • Stimulate and inform forward-leaning topical coverage in the news media, including authoring regular opinion essays
  • Host working groups that bring government officials, industry experts, and members of the science and technology community together to collaboratively consider key points of interest
  • Host forums and symposiums to discuss key airpower topics, including at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space, and Cyber Conference and Mitchell Institute-specific functions
  • Serve as an informal educator and advisor to leaders in the Department of Defense, on Capitol Hill, industry, and the broader policy and budget community
  • Participate as a regular voice on the Mitchell Institute Aerospace Nation videos and Aerospace Advantage podcasts
  • Conduct self-guided professional development to maintain a leading-edge understanding of current and emerging issues, decisions, trends, and challenges in airpower strategy and associated operational concepts, the industrial base that supports it, and related technology applications

Business Development for Mitchell Institute programs (approximately 20% of effort):

  • Develop and promote the Mitchell Institute’s profile and contacts of with potential sponsors to further revenue and growth
  • Maintain necessary professional networks to facilitate issue expertise, subject matter currency, subject matter expert access, fundraising capability, and general mission execution
  • Coordinate within Mitchell Institute and AFA to collaboratively execute objectives  
  • Share network contacts with other Mitchell Institute staff to facilitate broader enterprise goals
  • Seek business opportunities for broader Mitchell Institute program portfolio

Support Mitchell Institute program events (approximately 10% of effort):

  • Partner with the Mitchell Institute Operations Coordinator and the Meetings and Events team to facilitate event logistical arrangements
  • Manage event strategy and ensure individual event goals and overall standards of quality are met
  • Serve as a key point of contact during events to support speakers and attendees
  • Author scripts and coordinate content with featured guests for Mitchell Institute virtual and in-person forums

Other Duties as assigned (approximately 5% of effort):

  • Perform other duties as projects as assigned


Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s in a national security-related field
  • A minimum of 15+ years professional experience and a min of 5 years at a senior level in the Department of Defense, Congress, or defense industry focused on national security issues

Education and Experience Preferred:

  • Master’s Degree

Certifications & Licenses Preferred:

  • Weapons School Graduate

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Strong policy research and analysis skills
  • Robust writing skills
  • Dynamic presentation skills, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Solid judgment/decision-making skills and political/business acumen
  • Express confidence in effectively and comfortably engaging military and/political leaders at various levels
  • Proven track record of consistently productive collaboration with diverse colleagues in a highly matrixed work environment
  • Proactive and self-motivated, ability to exhibit initiative
  • Project management and planning principles and practices
  • Demonstrated ability to be honest and ethical
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

The Air & Space Forces Association is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and honoring the contributions of our country’s veterans.

Instructions for Applicants:

To apply, complete the application below and send it, along with a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements, to Incomplete and/or unofficial applications cannot be considered.