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Job Summary: The position is located in Arlington, Virginia supporting Defense Threat Reduction Agency /Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (DTRA/JIDO).  The applicant will provide a wide range of Science and Engineering Technical Subject Matter Expertise (SME) support for rapid acquisition, technically focused small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) and Counter UAS (CUAS) projects.  The position requires the applicant to possess a technical subject matter expert understanding of UAS systems and components. The position requires applicant to possess an active security clearance. 


Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide technical subject matter expert support to government personnel leading technology strategy development, requirements analysis, integration, and testing activities for CUAS solutions.
  • Serve as a technical subject matter expert advisor for government-led CUAS programs.
  • Maintain awareness of the current state-of-the-art, identify capability gaps, and make technical predictions for future technology advancement for sUAS systems and CUAS solutions.
  • Evaluate emergent technologies across a wide variety of disciplines for potential applicability to CUAS applications.
  • Generate and present briefings and technical assessments for CUAS technology to technical and non-technical audiences, including executive-level government personnel.
  • Serve as a technical subject matter expert advisor while representing DTRA/JIDO at briefings, seminars, conferences, workshops, colloquia, and other working groups, in support of government efforts to identify and evaluate new technologies.
  • Serves as an independent technical advisor for the government when interfacing with vedors.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Read, analyze, and interpret technical phenomenology, reports, legal documents, etc.
  • Interact with other technical subject matter experts having complementary skill sets.
  • Prepare reports and presentations to company management and/or customer
  • Respond to inquiries from customers, management, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community
  • Oversee daily activities of area or customer
  • Support development and/or execution of company policies, procedures, & guidance
  • Ability to manage diverse technology portfolios
  • Ability to manage time & resources
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Effective communicator 



  • Required:
  • Masters in electrical, mechanical, aerospace, or RF engineering, robotics, or applied physics


  • Desired: N/A


Special Requirements:

  • Required: Must have an active security clearance to be considered for this position
  • Required: Elite-level technical subject matter expertise related to sUAS electrical, mechanical, aerodynamic, and/or software functionality.
  • Required: Functional understanding of standard sUAS subsystems and components
  • Required: Familiarity with sUAS technical jargon and lexicon
  • Desired: Hands-on experience designing or developing sUAS systems, components, or flight software
  • Desired: Awareness of standard , beyond component assembly and flight operations
  • Required: 6+ years' experience in relevant areas

Located in Lorton, VA


Position description:

Seeking a qualified professional Technical Project Manager to provide Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) support to the Research and Development (RD), Advanced & Emerging Threats Division (CBS) division of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).  The successful candidate will serve as an action officer and advisor for a science and technology portfolio of projects.  The successful candidate will also provide support to, and coordination of, acquisition and planning, programming, budgeting, and execution processes with emphasis on chemical and biological threats. 

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Tracking cost, schedule and performance of biological and chemical defense related technical projects to meet the strategic program objectives;
  • Coordinating and consolidating complex, technical, programmatic, and strategic responses to support division initiatives to a variety of internal and external audiences. Instructions may be vague and require independent initiative and background research;
  • Developing, reviewing and assessing documentation (e.g., Alignment Charts; Research, Development and Acquisition Plans; Technology Development Strategy; technical and cost reasonableness evaluations, independent cost estimates; Purchase Request Packages, etc.);
  • Advising the program team on risk assessment and risk management, technology portfolio and pipeline management, business and contracting strategies, technology transfers, and intellectual property management;
  • Reviewing proposals, technical reports, and statements of work to ensure technical validity and evaluate current and emerging medical technologies and facilitate cross-communication regarding program priorities and courses of action;
  • Consolidating financial measures of progress, and creating representations, for presentation to program managers
  • Understanding capability gaps and assisting in setting project- and product-level strategy and priorities, ensuring portfolios are responsive and mapped to program goals;
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders in the CBD community;
  • Performing discrete, special interest efforts to solve problems and complete studies;
  • Participating in Integrated Product Teams and serving as technical and programmatic point of contact;
  • Creating products for both technical and senior leader audiences; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • DoD Secret Clearance;
  • Successful completion of a full course of study from an accredited college or university leading to an advanced degree (MS or PhD) in a Biology, Chemistry or other equivalent scientific field such as Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, or Toxicology;
  • Three (3) years of project management and/or acquisition experience in a research and development environment;
  • Detail-oriented, self-starter with excellent communication and time management skills;
  • MS Office proficiency, having strong familiarity with Excel and PowerPoint.

Located in Lorton, VA

DEFTEC is seeking a qualified Regulatory Specialist to provide Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) to support the Research Oversight Board (ROB) at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Chemical and Biological Technologies Department.  The successful candidate will provide A&AS support in the area of regulatory program support for a science and technology portfolio of projects that counter chemical and biological threats. This work is located in Lorton, VA.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide A&AS support to the Program Manager and Executive Secretary of the ROB, including registration, focused reviews, and technical assistance of DTRA funded new proposals and projects involving Human Subjects and Animal Use research;
  • Monitor active and pending research studies to ensure compliance with annual review requirements, as well as identify and track DTRA personnel for compliance training;
  • Compile and maintain regulatory documentation database and systems, analyze requirements for compliance, and prepare and maintain electronic files and folders;
  • Oversee and manage the regulatory aspects of ongoing projects;
  • Assess project issues and develop resolutions to meet regulations for project progress, intervention, and problem solving with project managers, line managers, and clients;
  • Work with the DTRA Science and Tech Managers (STMs) and support staff to ensure compliance;
  • Act as interface between study STMs and the DoD Animal Care and Use Review Office (ACURO) and the Human Research Protections Office (HRPO) at the Office of Research Protections (ORP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC);
  • Perform reviews of ACURO and HRPO approval turn-around-times;
  • Liaison for DTRA STMs and PMs, project team and line management, with other DoD Components involved in Human Subjects and Animal Use research;
  • Run ROB database queries and draft the quarterly ROB meeting minutes, slides, and documents to support the Executive Secretary during meetings;
  • Participate in monthly coordination meeting w/ USAMRDC;
  • Represent DTRA in the monthly DoD Animal Use Working Group (DAUWG) meeting, when the Program Manager or Executive Secretary are unable to attend;
  • Assist with developing and tracking budgets and spend plans;
  • Assist with tracking project expenditures, supporting the development of funding award documentation and development/maintenance of program review materials;
  • Provide technical and logistical support to the client and be prepared to provide insight for internal taskers;
  • Provide assistance with acquisition/contracting strategy for CBRN projects and programs;
  • Maintain regular, clear, professional communication and relationships with team members, customers, and stakeholders, including contractors, subcontractors, grantees, consultants, etc. in the CBD community.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science plus 6 years or MS/MBA plus 4 years of experience related to human subjects and animal research protections, regulations, policies and programs;
  • Active Secret security clearance;
  • High-level proficiency with Microsoft Office programs; ability to quickly learn new IT systems and software;
  • Detail-focused, initiative, excellent communication and time management skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Certified IRB Professional (CIP);
  • PMP Certification from PMI;
  • Knowledge of the DoD Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP) and DoD acquisition policies;
  • Prior experience coordinating and reporting other compliance functions such as Dual-Use Research of Concern (DURC) and Chemical and Biological Warfare Convention;

Three (3) years of project management and/or acquisition experience in Science and Technology or Research and Development, Testing and Evaluation.

Located in Crystal City, VA

Job Summary:

The position is located in Arlington, Virginia supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Research and Development (DTRA-RD). DTRA RD counters improvised threats by rapidly developing, acquiring, and fielding counter-improvised threat equipment, technologies, and systems to the warfighter.  Applicant will provide Technical Subject Matter Expertise (SME) support to the DTRA RD TT on all aspects of Counter Improvised Threat Device (C-ITD) technologies for current and anticipated programs and conduct outreach for new and innovative technologies.  The position requires applicant to possess an active TS/SCI Security Clearance.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide recommendations to DTRA-RD-TT leadership on investment opportunities in C-ITD capability development to reduce known and previously unrecognized capability gaps in this area and to help meet validated requirements, including co-authoring development plans.
  • Present organized analytical assessments to the DTRA-RD-TT program integrators and leadership that identify potential initiatives for consideration. The initiatives may improve current efforts, take advantage of technological opportunities, improve the understanding and-or evaluation of complex issues, or improve policy development, decision-making, management, or administration for the DTRA-RD-TT’s contribution to the improvised threat mission.
  • Provide technical advice, feasibility analysis, and products necessary for the implementation of approved initiatives, including conclusions and-or recommendations that are supported by data, analysis, and operational relevancy.
  • Assist in planning, coordinating, and directing C-ITD technical activities.
    • Provide expertise in all C-ITD investments and maintain awareness of current scientific developments within the national and international technical communities in the following areas:
  • Computer Science
  • Machine Learning from sensor data
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics including Unmanned Aerial Systems and Unmanned Ground Systems;
  • Multi-sensor data exploitation;
  • Sensor fusion;
  • Traditional and modern signals SIGINT
  • Support DTRA-RD-TT at all appropriate briefings, seminars, conferences, workshops, colloquia, and other working groups to document the C-ITD technology needs, developments, requirements, and studies, and present technical contributions resulting from organizational investments.
  • Keep abreast of advanced technology, concepts, and trends to discover initiative solution candidates for use by DTRA-RD-TT and keep the team informed on solutions within their field of expertise.
  • Co-author peer reviewed publication submissions to journals, conferences, workshops, and colloquia on relevant technical contributions achieved from DTRA-RD-TT investments in C-ITD and related technical capability developments.



  • Read, analyze, and interpret technical journals, reports, legal documents, etc.
  • Prepare reports and presentations to company management and customer(s)
  • Respond to inquiries from customers, management, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community
  • Oversee daily activities of area or customer
  • Support development and execution of company policies, procedures, and guidance
  • Ability to identify and solve problems
  • Ability to manage time and resources
  • Ability to delegate implementation plans to subordinate members of group
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Effective communicator

Degree Required:  Research-based Masters degree(s) from a department with ABET ( accredited degree in a technical field (Systems, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, Systems Engineering; Science or Mathematics.)


Degree Desired:  Ph.D. or D.Sc. ABET accredited degree(s) in Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, Systems Science and Mathematics, or Systems Engineering and current or previous Professional Engineer (PE) certification.


Years ILO experience: BSE Plus 17+ years’ experience

Physical / Special Requirements

  • TS/SCI is required
  • Demonstrated experience in Computer Science with mathematics background
  • Required: 10 years of professional experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in defense acquisition and program management and Defense Acquisition University (DAU) training in Program Management, and one of the following: Information Technology, Engineering, Science and Technology Management, or in predecessor certification course curricula.
  • Preferred academic and-or professional experience is desired in two or more of the following:
  1. Computer Science
  2. Machine Learning from sensor data
  3. Artificial Intelligence
  4. Robotics including Unmanned Aerial Systems and Unmanned Ground Systems;
  5. Multi-sensor data exploitation;
  6. Sensor fusion;
  7. Traditional and modern signals SIGINT
  • Preferred experience integrating human factors engineering assessments with capability development experience.
  • Preferred experience is required in leading technology development from low (3-4) technology readiness level (TRL) to TRL 6 and 7 for transition to programs of record (PoRs).
  • Preferred detailed knowledge of military and intelligence community (IC) organizations, operations, and decision-making process.
  • Required mastery in use of personal computers with extensive experience using Microsoft Office Suite and web-based applications.

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