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Special Access Program Policy Advisor

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Job ID: 2310698
Location: ARLINGTON, VA, United States
Date Posted: Feb 6, 2024
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Specialty Engr
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 Special Access Program (SAP) Policy Advisor.  The ideal candidate will be a highly experienced aviator (Fighter/Bomber Pilot, Weapons System Officer, Navigator) that will work to develop, advocate, and integrate Air Combat Command Special Access Program requirements in support of the Air Force Special Access Program Coordination Office (SAF/AAZ). This position will join an existing team of dedicated Subject Matter Experts supporting Air Combat Command’s Advanced Programs Division (ACC A5/8Z). This team of specialized professionals works with Combatant Commanders, Air Staff, program offices, industry, and other organizations to define the systems required to defeat our nation’s adversaries. A5/8Z is responsible for nearly all weapons employed by the United States Air Force and is central to the development of the cutting edge, highly classified technologies required to employ them.  This position is 100% onsite located at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.  This position will also require some CONUS / OCONUS travel.


  • Act as ACC A5/8Z's senior technical advisor to SAF/AAZ, supporting program management, and providing technical, policy, and analytical support
  • Provide operational, technical, and analytical assistance to document MAJCOM and Special Access Program Requirements
  • Regularly interface with Air Staff, MAJCOMs, Numbered Air Forces, and other government organizations when performing duties associated with ACC A5/8Z and SAF/AAZ
  • Provide advice and assistance to leadership in the areas of mission needs and requirements analysis, concept of operations, program tradeoff analysis, program roadmap creation including technology insertion, platform integration, and support planning
  • Recommend policy changes and support the communication of policy changes
  • Assist in the drafting, review, and implementation of procedures, policy, and guidance for incorporation into Combat Air Force (CAF) operations



  • Bachelors degree and fourteen (14) years or more experience; Masters degree and twelve (12) years or more experience


  • TS/SCI required; Ability to obtain a TS/SCI with Polygraph required to maintain employment
  • US citizenship required


  • Experience with Special Access Program policies and requirements
  • Strong background in aviation operations
  • Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent research skills with the ability to multitask and adapt in a fast-paced environment


  • Solid understanding of electronic warfare principles and their application in highly contested environments
  • Experience with air-to-air and/or air-to-ground weapons
  • Experience in 5th Gen fighters or ability to demonstrate a good working knowledge of their capabilities
  • Previous experience leading an Advanced Programs office in an operational CAF wing
  • Flight test experience

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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