Benefits Offered

401K, Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Employment Type

Full-Time, Exempt


The Mitchell Institute Senior Fellow for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Enterprise Studies will be responsible for leading research on a range of national security topics—especially those related to national security strategy, strategic deterrence and operational concepts, nuclear triad modernization, enabling technologies, the aerospace industrial base, as well as related policy and budget issues. The Senior Fellow for Strategic Deterrence Studies is a unique position in the Washington DC region that will provide insights, analysis, and perspectives directly to the national security community on all areas related to military strategy, operational concepts, and technologies through a strategic deterrence lens


Research, publish, and promote Mitchell Institute (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 strategic deterrence topics

·         Stimulate and inform forward-leaning topical coverage in the news media, including authoring regular opinion essays

·         Responsible for hosting working groups to 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 strategic deterrence topics, including at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space, and Cyber Conference and Mitchell Institute-specific functions like its Strategic Deterrence Forum series

·         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 video series and Aerospace Advantage podcast series

·         Conduct self-guided professional development to maintain a leading-edge understanding of current and emerging issues, decisions, trends, and challenges regarding airpower strategy and associated operational concepts, strategic deterrence topics, the aerospace industrial base, and related technology applications

Business Development for programming (approximately 20% of effort):

·         Develop and promote the Mitchell Institute’s profile and contacts with potential sponsors to further revenue and growth, with specific focus on the strategic deterrence portfolio

·         Maintain necessary professional networks to facilitate issue expertise, subject matter currency, subject matter expert access, fundraising capability, and general mission execution. Maintain necessary professional networks to obtain an expanded base of subject matter expertise, subject matter currency, and participation in Mitchell Institute’s strategic deterrence and nuclear enterprise activities and fundraising

·         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 Mitchell Institute’s broader 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 (book event venue, catering arrangements, on-site coordination, media coordination, necessary speaker coordination, serve as official event host, etc.)

·         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.


·         Works out of Air & Space Forces Association’s headquarters in Arlington, VA.

·         Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, subject to modification based on the needs of each program or site.

·         Operates in a professional office environment with travel to local offices, community partners, and events.

·         Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, copiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

·         Must be able to travel as needed (up to 5%).

Physical Demands:

The position requires mostly sedentary work (sitting most of the time with no adverse environmental exposure), with regular travel to offsite locations to execute educational events.  The position also includes the following physical requirements:

·         Movement. The employee in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc., and to move around in varied offsite locations.

·         The employee in this position needs to be able to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery such as a copy machine and printer.

·         The employee is required to communicate and hold verbal conversations with others by means of the spoken word. Employee must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and Experience Required:

·         Bachelor’s or Master’s in a national security-related field

·         A minimum of 10+ years professional experience and a min of 5 years in the Department of Defense, Congress, or defense industry focused on national security space issues

Education and Experience Preferred:

·         Master’s degree in a related field preferred.

Certifications & Licenses Required:

·         Weapons School Graduate and/ or operational experience in the nuclear triad

Department Core Competencies:

Technical Competencies (Research)

Strategic Planning


Business Acumen

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.