Research Professor of National Security Affairs

Research Professor of National Security Affairs

U.S. Army War College

  • Location
    Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Apr 19


Position description

This is a full-time civilian faculty position at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), Strategic Studies Institute as provided under Title 10 USC 4021. Initial appointment may be up to three years, the first year may be a trial period. The appointment may be renewed in one- to five-year increments thereafter. Academic rank and salary will be based on the selectee’s academic credentials, experience and professional accomplishments.

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  • Serve as Research Professor of National Security Affairs in the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) at the USAWC.
  • Performs research and publishes SSI studies, journal articles, policy-oriented essays, op-eds, blog postings, books and/or book chapters, which are distributed worldwide. (50%)
  • Conducts self-initiated research and directed research in geostrategic threats, national security strategy, and defense policy at the request of senior-level officials at the Army Staff, Joint Staff or Office of the Secretary of Defense.
  • Works independently and collaboratively to develop recommendations to achieve key national security objectives specifically oriented toward those factors that impact U.S. defense priorities, especially those of the U.S. Army.
  • Designs individual and collective annual research and publication plans, in consultation with SSI leadership, addressing contemporary national security issues.
  • Conducts both internal and external service in national security related areas. (30%)
  • Liaises with and provides briefings and expertise in response to requests from aforementioned key stakeholders and other audiences.
  • Leads, organizes, and implements SSI and USAWC professional collaboration, conferences, seminars, symposiums, and meetings.
  • Attends and participates in relevant academic conferences by presenting papers and/or acting as panel chair or discussant.
  • Contributes to the educational mission of the USAWC through teaching, lecturing and supervising student research projects. (20%)

Travel Required

25% or less – Travel (domestic and/or international) may be required up to 25% of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET security clearance.
  • Must provide official college transcripts, upon request. Unofficial transcripts are suitable for application purposes.
  • Must comply with the Drug Testing Program requirements (pre-employment and random testing after appointment).
  • Must be available for employment not later than 1 August 2021.


Who May Apply: 

U.S. Citizens

To qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your résumé must clearly describe your relevant experience; your transcripts are required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is available at

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS/KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Applicants will be rated based on the criteria listed below by a panel of subject matter experts appointed with the purpose of identifying the best- qualified candidates.

1. Must have a master’s (required) degree in national security studies, international relations, international political economy, political science, public policy, regional studies or related field. A PhD or equivalent evidence of extensive original scholarly research and writing is preferred.

2. Record of research and publication (or evidence of great potential) on key national security issues with the ability to influence policy at the strategic level (National Security Council, DoD, combatant commands, interagency).

3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, as demonstrated by the publication of books and articles, workshops and conference presentations, lectures, and podcasts, etc.

4. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to serve as a project team lead for collective research projects, and as a faculty advisor for student research projects.

5. Ability to contribute to the educational mission of the USAWC through teaching, including supervising student research projects, lecturing in the core curriculum, regional studies and/or electives.


Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience.
For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at and

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

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