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Job Available | Strategic Thinker

  • Location Norfolk, Virginia
  • Sector Commercial
  • Experience Mid Career
  • Posted Oct 06

Position description

Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) is a well-established and progressive defense contracting company in the Northern Virginia area just a few miles south of the Pentagon. We are a professional services firm established in 1972 that has a long-standing reputation for unrivaled technical and analytical support to some of the top decision-makers in the Federal Sector. We do state-of-the-artwork and have a cadre of outstanding professionals on our team.

SPA has an immediate requirement for Two (2) Strategic Thinkers in support of the Strategic Alternatives (SALT) Branch located within Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT) in Norfolk, VA. The SALT Branch conducts alternative and disruptive studies for NATO to be prepared for any threat in the next 4 decades. Thus, it allows NATO to identify future trends, understand the future security environment and identify options to conduct long-term strategic shaping.


  • Attend weekly SALT meetings, both scheduled and unscheduled, at the direction of the Branch head. Currently, there is one scheduled branch meeting per week, with 1-2 impromptu meetings called when required;
  • Support implementation of COGSUP PoW and LTMSS PoW;
  • Travel to attend relevant external meetings/workshops/events;
  • Facilitate workshops and other related events;
  • Provide valuable input on NWCC and WDA (NATO SECRET) and offer ideas and related analysis;
  • Interpret political, economic, sociocultural, and technological trends and develop alternatives ways of assessment;
  • Conduct research and data analysis to inform strategic decisions, especially on Russia and/or China;
  • Understand and shape the NATO’s/ACT’s strategy and mission;
  • Develop plans to materialize long-term strategy and analyze development proposals;
  • Conduct research to identify threats and opportunities;
  • Construct forecasts and analytical models;
  • Monitor and analyze global trends (cognitive topics, international relations, global security environment, industry, and market changes
  • Share ideas with multiple stakeholders and gain alignment from them;
  • Be available to ACT leadership for NWCC/WDA-related requirements;
  • Collaborate as required with HQ SACT cross-functional teams to provide strategic thoughts and inputs
  • Provide feedback about their work clearly and concisely;
  • Fulfill other specific WDA-related tasks as directed by the SALT Branch Head.


Essential Requirements

  • University degree in international relations, business administration, economics, public administration, operations research, or related discipline;
  • Demonstrated experience in corporate, government, or academic environments in analysis in the area of cognition, international relations, and security studies;
  • Experience in strategic analysis of Russia and/or China;
  • Staff experience at operational and strategic level;
  • A basic understanding of Strategic Foresight, Global Strategy and Innovation Management, Strategic Planning and Execution, Strategic Gap Analysis, Strategy Implementation, Futures Thinking, and Digital Transformation;
  • A solid background in policy/strategy analysis and the associated staff work (8-10 years recommended);
  • Previous experience in an international organization / governmental organization, preferably NATO experience.
  • An ability to build cooperative relationships with academia and governmental partners;
  • The capacity to work under general direction within a clear framework of accountability with substantial personal responsibility;
  • An ability to effectively multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment;
  • The capacity to work effectively as a member of a multinational and multi-disciplinary team;
  • Execute a broad range of complex professional or technical work activities in a variety of contexts;
  • The ability for a disciplined and systematic approach to problem-solving;
  • The ability for a comprehensive approach based on credible evidence, the most probable counterarguments, and risks;
  • Excellent ability to use contemporary office tools, including MS office and communications systems;
  • Excellent written and oral skills;
  • Must be in possession of an active National and/or NATO Secret (or above) security clearance

Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

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