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Defense Trade Analyst III,  Washington, DC,  ID#15730


Cherokee Nation Mission Solutions provides support services and project support personnel to our Government and industry partners. Our highly skilled experts support and supplement the mission, expertise, and skill sets of our clients. Utilizing our customer-intimate approach, we partner with our clients to provide strategic solutions that maximize the use of human and financial resources to ensure that mission-critical projects are completed on time and within budget.

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The Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, is seeking Defense Trade Analyst III candidates. These analyst positions are responsible to review and adjudicate export and import licenses and brokering authorizations; determination of jurisdiction of commodities as defense articles and defense services; compliance and enforcement of the applicable laws and regulations; and the automation of these functions.


Job Description:

Level III works under Intermittent Supervision: The government makes assignments by defining objectives, priorities and deadlines, and assists the contractor with unusual situations that do not have clear objectives. The contractor plans and carries out successive steps and resolves problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies, and accepted practices. The government reviews the work for technical adequacy and conformance with practice and policy.


Demonstrates the abilities to perform all of the duties of a Level I and II. In addition, must be able to perform the following duties listed below within the required amount of supervision for consideration at Level III.


Esssential Duties and Responsibilities (Deliverables):

Other duties may be assigned:

  • The contractor has no inherently government responsibilities. The contractor shall obtain USG supervisory clearance and/or approval pertaining the position work requirements and/or work products. The contractor shall abide by all State Department, Procurement Information Bulletins (PIB) related to third-party contractor services.
  • Reviews, analyzes and evaluates cases in several commodity categories assigned to him/her (e.g. military electronics, arms and ammunition, aircraft, tanks, naval vessels, radar and missiles) to identify all pertinent legal, policy, regulatory, and related procedural considerations. Collects and analyzes data and information provided by U.S. industry and available precedent cases.
  • Determines the necessity for, and refers for recommendations, significant cases (e.g., those without precedent or involving sensitive countries) to concerned agencies, such as the Department of Defense and NASA, as appropriate, as well as to appropriate bureaus in the Department. On cases not requiring referral, incumbent relies solely on his/her judgment on whether to approve, return without action, or deny license applications or other requests.
  • Hosts and/or attends meetings to discuss case merits with all stakeholders in cases with significant national security and foreign policy considerations based on current geopolitical considerations (e.g., missile technology proliferation concerns, significant human rights concerns, etc.).
  • Coordinates outside recommendations and makes decisions to approve or deny license applications and manufacturing, technical assistance and distribution agreements. Drafts all necessary clauses and provisos to be incorporated into approved licenses and agreements.
  • Determines, based on legislation or U.S. policy, whether a particular request requires Congressional notification and prepares the required notification including coordination with appropriate offices/agencies.
  • Recommends to the program office for policy certain cases, which, in his/her judgment requires verification to determine the validity of the transaction.
  • Recommends to the program office for compliance certain cases, which, in his/her judgement require potential investigation for violation activity.
  • Conducts discussions with U.S. industry on individual cases prior to submission as well as during the review process. Provides to industry guidance on export policy and administrative practices, and interprets the ITAR and pertinent laws and legislation. This includes occasional presentations to industry, training courses and assigned portions of licensing and policy seminars. Makes or assists in making determinations regarding whether items are on the U.S. Munitions List.
  • Drafts and coordinates, as necessary, emails, memoranda, congressional letters, standard operating procedures, escalation justifications, and other communications on matters relating to his/her responsibilities, including decision memoranda for the signature of the Secretary of State.
  • Represents, under minimal supervision, the Office and Directorate at Bureau and Departmental export control and non -proliferation groups and training/outreach activities.
  • Represents, under the supervision of a government employee of higher grade, the Office, Directorate, Bureau, or Department, depending on context, in meetings within the Department and interagency and with foreign governments and industry, providing expert advice, explaining laws and regulations, and explaining or defending official policies and positions.
  • Works closely with the program office for policy and U .S. Customs officer assigned to the program office on the EXODUS program by providing guidance necessary to determine the seizure or release of shipments detained by Customs, or to determine jurisdictional control and compliance with U.S. regulations.
  • Maintains, thorough review of current world events, technical journals, etc., current knowledge in foreign policy, industrial, and technological advances across the full breadth of the program office for licensing responsibilities.
  • Operates with a minimal level of supervision in determining responsibilities for managing assigned portfolio, planning, organizing, and executing assigned responsibilities, including defining project objectives and requirements, initiating contact and coordinating activities with other organizations, and providing expert advice and guidance directly to senior officials both within and outside the Bureau.
  • Analyzes and evaluates arms export control policies, procedures, and methods, in light of U.S. foreign policy objectives and makes recommendations for modifications to the supervisor. Coordinates on drafts of proposed arms export policies, practices, and procedures for the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the United States Munitions List (USML).
  • Assists employees of a higher grade in identifying, formulating, forging consensus for, executing, and following up new licensing policy initiatives.
  • Performs licensing data analysis to support and inform policy-making officials, with review by employees of a higher-level grade.
  • Drafts cables, decision/info memoranda, briefing papers, and other related documents to ensure they are consistent with licensing policy, they support U.S. policy goals and objectives, and they are consistent with pertinent U.S. laws and regulations. Sends such materials to Senior Licensing Management for final approval.
  • As delegated by a supervisor may assigns work to lower grade analysts. Maintains cognizance of the status of projects and cases. Reviews completed work, as necessary. Provides guidance, answers questions, and provides additional training, as appropriate.

Supervisory/Management Authority:

This position does not have management authority or supervisory capacity

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree or combination of education and experience with AECA and ITAR regulatory experience.
  • Knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and national security, including Department of State objectives.
  • Knowledge of legislation affecting arms transfers.
  • Knowledge of defense trade registration, compliance, and licensing processes.
  • Strong customer-service focused skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and partnering skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and presentation skills. The government may require writing samples.
  • Strong computer skills to include use of Microsoft Office Suites.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, interpret and apply regulatory material in the process of evaluating license applications and taking final action on specific requests.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with short-fused actions, meet deadlines; manage time, distribute responsibilities, and achieve milestones and deliverables.
  • Has working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs and be able to operate all office equipment including but not limited to: telephones, copy machines, fax machines, scanners, printers, and computers.
  • May be required to travel within Domestic and/or International.


This position is performed primarily in a secured federal office setting.

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Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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