Threat Analyst Specialist

Los Angeles AFB

The Aerospace Corporation

Aerospace operates the only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) committed exclusively to the space enterprise. Our technical experts span every discipline of space-related science and engineering.

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The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

The Strategic and Global Awareness Directorate (Project West Wing) provides technical intelligence analysis and research for a broad range of national security space and intelligence community customers. The Enterprise Threats (ET) team works to provide unique, timely and independent assessments and counsel pertaining to current and future threats to the use of space as well as the effectiveness of strategic deterrents.

Join us and actively contribute to a high-performing team bringing to bear technical skills to characterize the fast-evolving field of space threats and its implications to U.S. national security space. Participate in a wide range of technical activities, work with technical intelligence, analyze threats to space programs, and influence customer decisions on important national security space topics.

Work Model
This position requires 100% on site work at the Los Angeles Air Force Base. 

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive awareness and understanding of current and developing threats to current and future U.S. national security space systems, architectures, and missions. Specific global threats of interest include, but are not limited to, orbital and ground-based kinetic energy, directed energy, and electronic warfare systems; navigation warfare; supply chain attacks; sabotage; signals intercept; nuclear; cyber; conventional; and non-conventional threats.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive awareness and understanding of foreign activities, command, control, and communication approaches, and the underlying geopolitical environment. Analyze technical and non-technical data to inform modeling efforts, assessments of foreign kill chains, and satellite program acquisition. 
  • Develop and apply data and network analysis capabilities to help better assess threats to space and strategic deterrence systems.
  • Form teams with other Project West Wing colleagues and engineering group staff to perform accurate in-depth research, detailed modeling, or other multi-disciplinary engineering analysis required to complete tasks.
  • Proactively identify, articulate, and understand the possible impact of key threat issues to Space Systems Command and other government customers; advocate for research tasks to address key national security concerns.
  • Build and maintain relationships with other Aerospace colleagues and intelligence community and national security space organizations to facilitate the exchange of information and data, and maintain and enhance products and processes to ensure the relevance of the group’s analyses.
  • Protect and maintain the organization’s reputation for integrity and unbiased, independent, high-quality analysis.
  • Gather, assimilate, process, and analyze a wide variety of open source and other forms of data and information; apply intelligence analysis, scientific, and/or engineering methods to draw conclusions and extrapolate answers to both specific and general scientific and technical threat intelligence questions. 
  • Prepare high quality technical reports and deliver briefings to audiences ranging from peers to high-level government decisionmakers.
  • Assist in identifying, acquiring/developing, and leveraging analytical tools and date capture techniques.
  • Travel as required to contractor locations, government facilities, and other Aerospace offices.

What You Need to Be Successful
Minimum Qualifications for Senior Member of Technical Staff

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific, engineering, mathematics, or closely related technical discipline. 
  • Four or more years of experience in in space intel, spacecraft engineering, space acquisition, data or network analysis
  • Demonstrated intellectual curiosity and creative problem solving.
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills are required to collaborate with peers and customers and generate deliverable products.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal and working relationships with various levels of corporate staff, peers, management, program offices, customers, and contractors.
  • Demonstrated initiative and strong technical leadership skills, with proven ability to work with and build teams. 
  • The ability to travel is required.
  • The position requires the eligibility for a Top-Secret clearance and SCI access, which is issued by the US government. US citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance. 

In addition to the above, the Project Engineer requires the following
Minimum Requirements:

  • Eight or more years of experience in in space intel, spacecraft engineering, space acquisition, data or network analysis
  • Existing working knowledge of current and developing threats to current and future U.S. national security space systems, architectures, and missions; an understanding of foreign activities, command, control, and communication approaches, and the underlying geopolitical environment; and/or experience with data and network analysis for the purposes of understanding foreign kill chains, satellites, or acquisition.

How You Can Stand Out
It would be impressive if you have one or more of the following:

  • A graduate-level degree in an appropriate STEM discipline.
  • Current TS/SCI.
  • Significant exposure to threat and/or risk analysis and the intelligence and national security space communities is desirable, as is experience in data analytics and network analysis. 
  • Substantial experience in space and counterspace threat intelligence, command and control analysis, constellation architecting, wargaming, supply chain, microelectronics, and/or modeling using either established tools or creating new physics-based capabilities.

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business.  The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below.  Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills. 

(Min - Mid - Max)

$103,300 - $135,800 - $168,300

Pay Basis: Annual

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change   
  • Engage with Impact   
  • Foster Innovation   
  • Deliver Results  

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type.  A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans

  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation

  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options

  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions

  • Relocation assistance

  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career

  • Education assistance programs

  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

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