Principal SIGINT ISR SME - Contingent at Applied Research Associates, Inc in Fort Meade, Maryland

Posted in Software 15 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

ARA is looking for a dynamic candidate to conduct SIGINT ISR support at Ft. Meade, MD.  The ideal candidate shall perform duties and responsibilities as AFCO/DO lead between AF SCC organizations and NSA for all AF SCC issues, policies authorizing and enabling AF SCC (AOR-specific) cryptologic mission operations.  Manages AFCO issues involving operations, including unique DCGS issues.  Represents AF equities in enterprise discussions and VTCs.  Note: Please discuss with AFCO/DO for further requirements.

Principal SIGINT ISR SME - Contingent Security Clearance Requirements:

TS/SCI with CI Poly

Principal SIGINT ISR SME - Contingent Required Experience:

  • Masters with 10+ years' experience, or BS with 18+ years' experience or AS with 22+ years' relevant experience

  • Ten+ (10) years of airborne SIGINT experience

  • Three (3) years of AF DCGS experience

  • Additional desired experience includes previous resource management experience (CCP/USAF POM) as well as MAJCOM and NSA experience

A Letter of Commitment is required for this contingent offer.

About Us:

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. Around ARA you are equally likely to hear a conversation about Kubernetes clusters as you are a debate on merits of a reverse polish notation (RPN) calculator!

While this is all of the Year One and Beyond stuff, Day One is highly impressive too. These are things like our competitive salary (DOE), Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), benefits package, relocation opportunities, and a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience.  The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels.

ARA is passionate about inclusion and diversity in our workplace. In 2018 40% of our new employees voluntarily self-identified as protected veterans. (Source-AAP EOY 2018 Veterans Data Collection Report). Additionally, the Southeast Division looks not only for the right skills, but also for a cultural fit. We seek colleagues who will contribute to the unique culture that makes ARA such a great place to work. Some of the social impact aspects we have implemented at our division include monthly get-togethers, team outings to local baseball games in the summer, board game lunches, holiday party, corn hole tournaments, chili cook-offs and so on. We are also very proud of our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at



  • 3 year(s): AF DCGS experience

  • 10 year(s): Relevant Work Experience



  • Associates or better


  • Masters or better

  • Bachelors or better

Licenses & Certifications


  • Security Clear Top Secret

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)

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