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Special Programs Analyst

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Job ID: 2308959
Location: ARLINGTON, VA, United States
Date Posted: Jan 25, 2024
Category: Program Management
Subcategory: Project Analyst
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI with Poly
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a highly qualified and motivated Special Programs analyst to support the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration (SAF/SQ) in Arlington, VA. SAF/SQ has overall responsibility for Department of the Air Force (DAF) space systems acquisition and architectures oversight as well as integration of allied, civil, and commercial space capabilities into United States Space Force (USSF) architectures. These responsibilities are carried out in close collaboration with the Chief of Space Operations (CSO) and the USSF staff. SAF/SQ also serves as the Space Service Acquisition Executive (SAE) and oversees and directs the activities of the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (SpRCO), Space Systems Command (SSC), and the Space Development Agency (SDA). SAF/SQ’s guiding objectives are to (1) drive speed into space acquisitions, (2) make our space architecture more resilient, (3) integrate our space architecture with other war fighting domains, (4) drive program management discipline across our acquisitions, and (5) ensure that space and ground acquisitions are time phased to optimize operational availability. Achieving these objectives requires a workforce with broadly diverse and deep skills in system engineering, program management, architecture analysis, program planning and budgeting, and executive level communications and support.


Responsibilities shall include but are not limited to:  

·         The Special Programs Analyst directly supports the SAF/SQ Special Programs Chief in the Special Access Program (SAP) management duties required to acquire highly-classified space systems that are duly protected while promoting integration to meet warfighter requirements.

·         Provides objectively based information and analysis for making decisions on the policy and programmatic aspects of SAP management and operations through a wide variety of assignments.

·         Prepares SAF/SQ Special Programs Chief for program-related Special Access Program (SAP) topics and generates material for the DAF SAP governance and oversight executive forums.

·         Tracks and reviews current and upcoming Special Access Program (SAP) packages (i.e. Program Establishments, Program Scope Changes, Annual Reports to Congress).

·         Conducts analysis on how proposed program changes can impact or aid other programs, future operations and overall SAP security architecture.  

·         Maintains insight of space compartmented programs, associated ground infrastructures and related command and control systems across DOD and IC.


TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and fifteen (15) years or more of related experience; Masters and thirteen (13) years or more experience; PhD or JD and ten (10) years or more experience.

Required qualifications include but are not limited to: 

·         15+ years applicable experience with at least 10 years Special Access Program experience preferably in the last 5 years.

·         Comprehensive understanding of DoD weapon system acquisition and Systems Engineering processes.

·         DAF, acquisition program office, SAP Program Element Monitor and space systems experience preferred.

·         Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and writing) skills.

·         Must have experience in using critical thinking to prepare written reports and presentations for executive-level officials.

·         Comprehensive understanding of current SAP issues and interest to develop new business practices.

·         Ability to plan, organize, lead and execute studies or projects.

·         Strong working knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint software applications.

·         Master’s Degree in a scientific, technical, business, economic, or financial field.

·         U.S. citizenship and an active TS clearance with SCI eligibility.



Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

We are approximately 24,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is core to our values and important to attract and retain exceptional talent. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.9 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom.

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