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Operation Research Analyst

Operation Research Analyst

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Program Management
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Top Secret
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Full Time

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Job Description

Conduct strategic, organizational, and programmatic analysis in support of J8/JRO-CBRND's mission to align command performance (functions, tasks, resources) to strategic priorities.

Lead the design, development, execution and assessment of executive level seminars that explore complex issues. These issues are synthesized using a systemic method that encompasses both creative and critical thinking incorporated in the description, understanding and visualization of scenarios (case studies, vignettes, moves/turns, etc.).

 Lead/guide a collaborative network of subject matter experts through an exchange of information and reasoning using structured analytical techniques such as design thinking, structure thinking, and other qualitative methods as appropriate to solicit from a working group the true nature of a problem to be addressed by senior strategic decision makers across the whole of government.

Lead, facilitate and develop the production of problem solving methods to properly frame complex issues by challenging the group to question intuitive judgments.

Lead working groups using design thinking techniques both within the command and with external partners to conceptualize and appreciate a problem from multiple perspectives.

Lead detailed after-action sessions with the sponsors of SLSs and a separate after action session with the WGC team to identify best practices and requirements produced from the SLS.

Conduct and lead working groups to properly define problems, establish objective, determine methods of analysis, and establish desired end-states.

Identify and evaluate through practice alternative mental models to address and mitigate cognitive biases that may adversely affect intuitive judgment of decision makers.

Assist in development of other types of "events" that require critical and creative approaches to designing a process in which key information will be communicated to senior leaders.

Skillfully articulate/educate participants of working groups, sponsors, and senior leaders of the value of the various qualitative analytical methods and how they will achieve the objective of promulgating structured discourse between high ranking (FO/GO/SES) decision makers Communicate and collaborate with senior leaders and decision makers to effectively describe, visualize, and understand complex issues/problems to achieve the command's and partner's objectives.

Collaborate with senior leaders within the command and partners outside of the command to develop critical questions to be addressed and analyzed during executive level seminars.

Facilitate the creation of story board scenarios/vignettes to conceptualize and communicate a defined problem to decision makers.

Coordinate and lead an "action officer" week that synchronizes the data gained from the workshops with the technical, visualization capabilities of the WGC.

Synchronize the qualitative data gained from workshops with the visualization of the vignettes.

Develop subsequent working groups using various methods outlined in such works and qualitative theories as Art of Design - School of Advanced Military Studies, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Ground Theory, Content Analysis and Nudge to name a few with a goal of producing case studies, vignettes, or moves to achieve a structured discourse by senior leaders.

Work independently of the group to further achieve analytical insights by advising and assisting sponsors and/or team leads to properly craft scenarios (case studies, vignettes, moves/turns, etc.) and indicators that can be used for presentations.

Conduct data collection through various note taking techniques during the execution of seminars. Then convert this raw data into informative qualitative insights to be used as study results.

Advise and assist lead planners with implementation of best practices and qualitative research prior to officially forming of working groups.

Facilitate working groups to achieve the objectives described above, and contribute to the conduct and assessment of executive seminars.

Assist visual graphic designers with the context of the story board to ensure the working group products are adequately captured and displayed visual.

Presents study results, findings, conclusions, options and opinions to WGC customers, including senior leaders (GO/FO/SES level).

Log and manage historical products of the design workshops to properly apply a stream of events depicting the cradle-to-grave approach of the wargame.


Required: MS in Operations Research; or BS in comparable field with minimum of 15 years' applied experience.  


Preference: MS in Operations Research and Systems Analysis (ORSA) supporting senior experience in applied mathematics, statistics, modeling, and advanced quantitative analytics.




15-20 years of related experience supporting military operations.


4 years of experience in Operations Research and Analysis in military related matters or subjects.

.               Experience in military operations, intelligence, plans or resourcing.

.               Experience in operational/strategic wargame.

Work history shall demonstrate 2 years of experience in using qualitative analyses while leading various working groups to problem frame by thinking deeply/appreciating the problem, describing vividly relevant aspects of the problem, and producing a means of communicating the problem to senior level decision makers.


CURRENT Top Secret Clearance and CURRENT eligibility for access to Special Compartmented Information.


As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.




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