ILLINOIS / Transition – Jobs for (Defense) Professionals / Outlook and Trends

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Bill Golden’s assessment of Illinois for military professionals that are transitioning and looking for a new home:

There is no defense jobs marketplace of any significance in Illinois. Your military background will get a smile and a nod but it will be unappreciated. There is a semi-robust jobs market around Scott AFB, but it is largely IT skillsets. You would be frustrated if you focused on this geographic area and tried to sell your military skillsets, unless you came from the IT field.

Illinois has a diverse marketplace BUT its strengths are in manufacturing and selling stuff that gets built. The marketplace is agnostic. Some of everything gets designed, marketed and sold out of Illinois. Average salaries for professionals ranges from $93-105K. Illinois is an area where educators also get respect and make decent money: $90K for ES, MS, HS administrators.

Illinois’ unemployment rate recently improved to 6.8% but it has been stuck in the 7-8.5% range for much of 2014. The trend is one of improvement since the year’s start — and there has been significant improvement (Jan 2014: 8.7%, Jul 2014: 6.8%). What this means for you: it could take 8-10 weeks to find that ‘good job’. If the market really is improving for the long haul then there could be some significant opportunities pop up as employers decide that they need to ramp up to meet demand. Being in Illinois now could mean being at the right place at the right time! However, it also means that employers are going to be sluggish in their hiring until they see a few more months of market improvement — although many Illinois companies would probably be quite happy even if it were to stay where it is for the rest of 2014.

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Bill Golden
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Hot Job / Task Manager and Lead Instructional Designers, Quantico Virginia

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Jobs WorldwideEmployer: Knowledge Management Inc.

Job Description:

Title: Task Manager/Lead Instructional Designers

Job: #3307
Location: Quantico, Virginia
Duration: 3+ years
Work Status: US Citizens only
Clearance: Secret
Salary: Please let us know your salary requirement or your 1099 hourly rate

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The Task Manager/Lead Instructional Designer shall spend approximately 25% of their time on task management services and the remaining 75% on instructional design services. The Task Manager/Lead Instructional Designer shall have at least the following qualifications and skills:

a. Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in instructional design, education, or related discipline plus 10 years of professional experience; or 7 years of professional experience with a related Master’s Degree. The professional experience shall include 5 years of experience in developing IMI and 5 years of Project Management experience.
b. Demonstrated ability to effectively organize, prioritize, multi-task and manage own and employees’ time effectively to meet deadlines.
c. Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and with outside stakeholders to accomplish complex tasks.
d. Experience with e-learning development standards, SCORM, and American Disabilities Act (ADA) Section 508.
e. Advanced knowledge and experience with multimedia instructional design concepts, principals, and tools.
f. Knowledge and experience working closely with user organizations to gather information and analyze instructional needs.
g. Demonstrated track record of creating course structure and content that meets the needs of adult learners in a distance learning environment
h. Knowledge and experience working with Lectora® Inspire or similar “rapid” courseware development software/tools.
i. Experience conducting learning analysis to identify T&E gaps that can effectively and efficiently be remediated via technology-based learning.
j. Expertise with Microsoft® office automation tools to include Office®, Project® and Visio®.
k. Knowledge of Questionmark Perception is preferred.

 

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Hot Job / Global Response Force-Deployed Operations Research Analysts, Metro DC and OCONUS

Leonie Group 

Global Response Force-Deployed Operations Research Analyst

Job ID:346451

Security Clearance: TS/SCI

Location:  Various CONUS and OCONUS locations. CONUS home station is in the metro Washington DC area.

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Job Description:

Leonie is currently seeking a qualified Global Response Force-Deployed Operations Research Analyst to join our world-class team of exceptionally skilled, ethical and committed professionals providing Information Operations, Intelligence and Analytical Services. Since 2004, Leonie has made the customer the top priority while maintaining a culture of industry thought leadership that has translated into unmatched mission accomplishments

Responsibilities

  • Will provide Operations Research Counter IED analytical support to the Global Response Force (GRF) and its organic elements on response timelines commensurate with assigned missions.
  • Will provide commanders tailored analytical products and trend assessments using current operational data based on specific intelligence and assessments within a specified Area of Operations (AO).
  • Can expect to deploy on tours with anticipated lengths up to four (4) months.
  • Must be physically able to deploy with SOF or explosive ordnance device (EOD) type of military unit.
  • During non-deployment periods, the GRF-Deployed ORSA will support the readiness brigade and prepare to deploy through a series of staff training and pre-deployment exercises and will provide region specific C-IED analytical products.
  • Travel up to 50% of the time in support of the readiness brigade.

Qualifications:

MS degree in a technical field or BS degree in a technical field with three (3) years experience
Minimum of one (1) year previous operations research deployment experience
Ability to present complicated, quantitative data in simplified, concise, understandable terms
Must be well versed in the following analytic tools (ArcGIS, Statistical Analysis Software [SAS®], Google Earth, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Word)

Leonie offers you the opportunity to join an innovative, well respected organization and collaborate with industry experts and exceptional individuals. We provide a competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.

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Leonie is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V

Hot Job / MISO (PSYOP) Planner – OCONUS – Afghanistan

Leonie Group 

MISO (PSYOP) Planner – OCONUS – Afghanistan

Job ID:352099
Location: Afghanistan
Security Clearance: U.S. Top Secret SCI/SSBI or other qualifiers

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Job Description:

MISO (PSYOP) Planner OCONUS – Afghanistan

Leonie is currently seeking a qualified MISO (PSYOP) Planner to join our world-class team of exceptionally skilled, ethical and committed professionals providing Information Operations, Intelligence and Analytical Services. Since 2004, Leonie has made the customer the top priority while maintaining a culture of industry thought leadership that has translated into unmatched mission accomplishments.

Job Description:

Planners will develop behavioral influence strategies and implementation plans; produce OPLANs, annexes, appendices, FRAGOs, white papers, scripts for MISO products and other military documents; present long and short term strategic communication overviews; prepare and present strategy assessments; and critically review higher headquarters’ plans and FRAGOs. Planners support product development; implementation and management of demographic analysis, as well as synthesizing information into persuasive dialogue form for basis of supporting strong concepts and resulting production.

Requirements:

  • 5 + years experience as a MISO/PSYOP Planner (MILDEC, EW, or CNO experience may count toward the total)
  • Experience developing multimedia influence products in line with strategic programs and plans
  • Recent (within 5 years) experience in OIF, OEF, or other named operation preferred
  • Experience living, working for extended periods in cross-cultural environments (living or working abroad, learning the host nation language, etc.) preferred
  • Understanding of Military Decision Making Process (MDMP)
  • Understanding PSYOP/MISO Planning process
  • Familiarity with Afghanistan, its culture, and U.S. involvement there
  • Demonstrated proficiency in both oral and written communications
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and adapt planning to mission requirements
  • Ability to critically review and analyze issues in a vague, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment
  • Ability to manage multiple product development projects with accuracy on a tight deadline
  • Good listener and ability to translate loose guidance and meet desired effect of the client
  • Working knowledge of MS Office Suite, particularly Word and PowerPoint

Education:

  • PSYOP/MISO Officers Qualification Course preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Military Experience Required:

  • Military rank of CPT or higher with 5 years of MISO or other IO experience, or an SFC or above with 10 years of MISO or other IO experience. Exceptions may be considered for outstanding candidates
  • Media Writing Capabilities
  • Media Production Knowledge/Experience

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Clearance Requirement:

TS/SCI Required; Secret may be considered for outstanding candidates

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Leonie offers you the opportunity to join an innovative, well respected organization and collaborate with industry experts and exceptional individuals. We provide a competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.

Leonie is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V

Hot Job / Broadcast Editor, Afghanistan

Leonie Group 

Broadcast Editor, Afghanistan

Employer: Leonie

As an international company, Leonie continually seeks professionals with diverse talents and unique perspectives who recognize the importance of cultural sensitivities when operating in different countries. We offer a wide range of opportunities, from multimedia production, strategic planning and business consulting to operational research, data analysis, project management, trade and logistics.

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Job ID:353979
Location: Afghanistan
Security Clearance: U.S. Secret

Job Description:
Leonie is currently seeking a qualified Broadcast Editor to join our world-class team of exceptionally skilled, ethical and committed professionals providing Information Operations, Intelligence and Analytical Services. Since 2004, Leonie has made the customer the top priority while maintaining a culture of industry thought leadership that has translated into unmatched mission accomplishments.

Job Description:

Broadcast Editor will create and deliver compelling graphic design assets in support of TV and Radio broadcast products including but not limited to broadcast TV, promos, documentaries and other products as directed. This position will contribute on a broad scale in the areas of non-linear video editing and audio editing.

Required Qualifications:

++ 8 years experience in nonlinear editing utilizing either Avid or Final Cut Pro systems
++ Bachelor’s degree in Television Broadcast or Graphic Design preferred but will weigh against relevant Commercial Broadcast TV and Graphic Design industry experience
++ Heavy experience in the Apple Macintosh platform and OSX operating system
++ Possess relevant skills utilizing Adobe Creative Suite 5 with emphasis on Photoshop and After Effects; Apple Final Cut Pro Studio including Motion, Soundtrack Pro, and Compressor
++ Possess a TV news background and understands the requirements of a fast paced, deadline driven environment
++ Takes initiative and is self-motivated to constantly learn and refine expertise in the workflows, the deliverables and the operating environment are a key factor in the success of this client
++ Good listener and ability to translate loose guidance and meet desired effect of the client
++ Must be comfortable working in an editing suite or sound booth
++ Experience with Animation and Motion Graphics a plus
++ Ability to assemble and edit A/V and Radio raw content into a well told TVC and Radio product utilizing the Final Cut Pro Editing Suite
++ Ability to work closely with a diverse team and complete projects as directed in a fast paced, deadline driven environment
++ Must be well versed in Commercial Television and Radio production best practices on local file management, content repair and sweetening, central server file management
++ Ability to acquire original content utilizing Prosumer or better ENG (Electronic News Gathering) equipment including but not limited to: Video Camera, Still Camera, Wireless & Wired Mics, Lighting
++ Must be able to show reel of work

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Leonie offers you the opportunity to join an innovative, well respected organization and collaborate with industry experts and exceptional individuals. We provide a competitive compensation and generous benefits package.

Leonie is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Hot Jobs / CyberOperations Developers and Engineers Wanted by DigitalOperatives

DigitalOperativesDigitalOperatives is a fast-growing start-up specializing in providing cyber technologies to government and industry.

DigitalOperatives is located in Arlington, VA, just a bridge away from the nations capital. We specialize in: Computer Network Operations, Reverse Engineering, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Vulnerability Research, Embedded Systems Development and Exploitation, Malware Analysis, etc. In a nutshell, we develop software and hardware products in niche areas that bridge functional gaps between established technologies.

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Bill Golden’s Defense News Reading List – 2014.08.14

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Bill Golden

These information items are among some of the postings that Bill Golden orignally shared on his Twitter feed:

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#WOMEN / #WAR / #PESHMERGA / #ISIS @ICDefenseJobs … Military participation of women is not new in the history of Kurds. Kurdish female peshmerga fighters have been active on the front lines and during battles against ISIS / #ISIL. The peshmerga female regiment consists of four battalions.

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#Cyberspace Solutions LCC – #SOF Special Operations #ISR #USSOCOM Leader @ICDefenseJobs  | USADefenseIndustryJobs.com … Cyberspace Solutions LLC continues to have a wide range of opportunities in the USSOCOM Special Operations community with jobs located in North Carolina, Virginia and outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS). Get your resume considered by sending it to SOFIntelJobs@ICConx.com — these jobs are for All Source Analysts, All Source Targeting Specialists, Multilayer Targeting Experts, and Program Security Management professionals. All jobs require a Top Secret / SCI security clearance, good health (OCONUS travel involved) and a current U.S. passport.

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#DOD $$ #Budget #Navy Transformation Plan: FY 2014-2016  @ICDefenseJobs … What does the Navy want to buy? First, understand where the Navy is going and what it says it wants to do. RED FLAG/Need to Know: Just as Boeing recently announced that it plans to trim $6 billion in supply channel spending ($4 billion in defense channels), the Navy says that it wants to “Maximize IT Functionality”. The Navy radically changed some of its spending habits in 2010 (FY2011), and it looks like it wants to do it again. The Navy’s focus: “Today’s fiscal environment and rapid pace of technological innovation demand that the DON rethink its approach to Information Management (IM), Information Technology (IT)/cyberspace and Information Resource Management (IRM) policies, processes and programs.” Nice words, good words for taxpayers, but these words mean: ‘Get more for less’.

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#JOBS / #SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT / Hottest Industries and Cities With IT Jobs @USAJobZoo … the most IT job openings are the San Francisco area (41,000), Philadelphia (31,000), New York (29,000), Chicago (28,000) and Atlanta (19,000). … FIND YOUR NEXT CAREER on USAJobZoo.com

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SPIES IN THE SKIES / TECH / #DigitalGlobe Commercial WorldView-3 #Satellite to Capture Super High-Res Images @ICDefenseJobs … satellite imagery has long been limited to 50cm resolution, but the Commerce Department now allows satellite firms to take and sell 25cm-resolution images.

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SPY vs #SPY / Cable snips and fake #Mexican burglaries: how the #WWI information battle was won #SIGINT  @ICDefenseJobs … But it was during World War I that great leaps were made in the technology needed to intercept enemy communications. Intelligence gathering tactics developed in the Great War came to redefine how military operations played out and can even teach us about how we communicate today.

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#HELP / #PTSD / #LIFE / Moving Forward, http://startmovingforward.t2.health.mil, an online lifeskills coach. @ICDefenseJobs … Moving Forward provides self-help online training that teaches problem-solving skills to help individuals overcome life’s challenges. It’s based on a highly-effective cognitive behavioral treatment program used successfully with veterans across the country for the past several years. Although many veteran centers continue to offer the program in-person, we hope this online version expands the reach of this resource to individuals who may not have easy access to VA centers and our active-duty service members.

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INSCOM/HUMINT Position, Warsaw, Poland (MICECP)

Job Title:Intelligence Specialist (Operations)
Department:Department of the Army
Agency:U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command
Job Announcement Number:WTST140521791181336
SALARY RANGE: $106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Monday, August 11, 2014 to Monday, August 25, 2014
SERIES & GRADE: GG-0132-14
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time – Excepted Service Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location:
Warsaw, Poland
WHO MAY APPLY: US Citizens and Status Candidates
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Top Secret/SCI
SUPERVISORY STATUS: No

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JOB SUMMARY:

The Military Intelligence Civilian Excepted Career Program (MICECP) is the premier civilian intelligence program within the U.S. Army which is comprised of Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and Counterintelligence (CI) professionals who are centrally managed, trained and assigned to rewarding positions across the globe.

About the Position: This is a Military Intelligence Civilian Excepted Career Program (MICECP) position. This is an Excepted Service position under the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). If selected, initial assignment will be to this position and the duties described, in accordance with the MICECP, and will be subject to involuntary reassignment into any MICECP GG-14 worldwide based on program needs. Generally, these rotations occur every 3-5 years. The selectee is also subject to deployment in support of U.S. contingency operations. Based on the rotational nature of this program and variety of positions that can be assigned, it is highly desired that applicants have counterintelligence and/or HUMINT experience in multiple Theaters; have operational experience as well as staff experience; and CI or HUMINT experience in a deployed environment.

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Who May Apply:

  • Current Army Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) Employee
  • Current Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) Employee (excluding Army)
  • Current Civilian Employee with the Department of the Army
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) – Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Current Permanent Federal Civilian Employee (non-DOD)
  • Former Permanent Federal Employee eligible to be reappointed
  • Veteran with a service-connected disability of 30% or more
  • Disabled Veteran with a service-connected disability of more than 10% and less than 30%
  • Applicant eligible for 10-Point Other veteran’s rating or Derived Veteran’s Preference
  • Veteran eligible for 5-Point Preference
  • U.S. Citizen

TRAVEL REQUIRED
25% or Greater
Temporary duty travel (TDY) of at least 40% of the time

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
Yes
Relocation costs may be paid if the selecting official determines the relocation is in the best interest of the government

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Top Secret Clearance w/SCI eligibility
  • Must successfully complete a CI-Scope Polygraph Exam
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain US Army MI CI Badge and Credentials
  • Must comply with the Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements
  • Must sign a classified information Non-Disclosure Agreement

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Bill Golden’s Defense News Reading List

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Bill Golden

These information items are among some of the postings that Bill Golden orignally shared on his Twitter feed:

#INFOWARS / #PRIVACY / #TRANSPARENCY / Why It’s Now Impossible to Control Information @ICDefenseJobs … One person in the wrong place at the right time can now bring your entire operation down. Everybody is looking and has access to everyone else. If they want. Forget spy satellites: we now have Google Earth and can buy made-to-order imagery over the internet. Your records are for sale. All of them. Almost all.

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#DEFENSE / #DOD / #FY2015 / $5 Billion #CounterTerrorism Fund Could Support Missions Like Current Iraq Campaign Defense News http://ow.ly/AfaGD @ICDefenseJobs … The White House requested a $5 billion counterterrorism fund in the Pentagon and State Departments 2015 budget proposal. This rainy day fund seems custom-made for situations like the ISIS/ISIL threat in Iraq.

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#NAVY / INDUSTRY DAY / #Contracts 22 Aug, Arlington, Virginia | USADefenseIndustryJobs.com @ICDefenseJobs … This Industry Day will focus exclusively on the Government’s execution contract strategy for surface ship maintenance, repair and modernization. To participate in Industry Day interested parties must RSVP by close of business 19 August 2014.

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#DEFENSE / #CUTS / #BUDGETS / #Boeing to cut $6B in supply chain expenses. 2/3s of spending cuts from defense supply chain @ICDefenseJobs … Boeing already has cut $4 billion in costs from the defense unit, which has annual sales of $33 billion. The company has said it plans to cut an additional $2 billion.

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#WAR / #DOD / #DRONES / Are we really cutting our #UAV #UAS fleets? The U.S. Needs More Drones – Defense One @ICDefenseJobs … (Paul Scharre in Defense One) While DOD has had drones flying over Iraq for over a month, a drastic shortfall in global supply means that their presence in Iraq is at the expense of another vital mission elsewhere. And yet not only is DOD not moving to address this shortfall, it is taking steps to reduce its drone fleet, a dangerous move that will make it harder to keep tabs on a growing and changing #terrorist threat.

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#IRAQ / #ISIS #ISIL – A different kind of threat.

One assessment (GovExec.com): The ISIS Islamic State is an unholy combination of al-Qaeda, the Khmer Rouge, and the Nazis.

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#Ukraine / #Russia / #NATO – Conspiracy Theory time!

With NATO talking ever more about assisting Ukraine in some way, the Russians need to find a way to get what they want quickly.

Later this week Russian forces will enter Ukraine (uninvited) for the purposes of ‘Aid Relief’. Some unidentified folks will fire on their convoy and Russia will use this as a pretext to bring their 45,000 troops sitting on the border into Ukraine to protect Russian aid workers and Russian nationals.

CONTRACT / SPAWAR / SRA Wins $96 Million Contract to Upgrade and Improve U.S. Navy Integrated Pay and Personnel System

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SRA Wins $96 Million Contract to Upgrade and Improve U.S. Navy Integrated Pay and Personnel System

FAIRFAX, Virginia /PRNewswire/ SRA International, Inc., a leading provider of IT solutions and professional services to government organizations, today announced that the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) has awarded the company a $96 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, single award IDIQ contract along with initial task orders, to provide development, modernization, sustainment and upgrades of personnel systems.

SRA will upgrade and modernize the existing Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS), while integrating legacy systems in support of the enterprise Navy Integrated Pay and Personnel System (IPPS-N) strategy to reduce both complexity and the overall cost of systems supporting Navy personnel and pay. The work will be performed primarily in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is expected to be completed by June 2019.

Executive Vice President of SRA’s National Security Group George Batsakis commented on the win, "SRA is a dedicated mission partner delivering IT and professional services to help the U.S. Navy meet its operational challenges. We are pleased to bring the full breadth of our military ERP program experience expertise to bear, helping the Navy integrate their personnel and pay systems so that they may direct 100% of their focus on their national security mission."

About SRA International, Inc.

At SRA we combine our creativity, mission experience, technology acumen and domain expertise to deliver innovative IT solutions and professional services to address the toughest mission and operational challenges faced by U.S. government agencies. We are inspired by our customers’ missions and strive to provide the best people, working together to generate the best ideas, to deliver the best possible performance – all driven by our enduring values of Honesty and Service®. SRA was founded in 1978. We are headquartered in Fairfax, VA and employ approximately 5,200 professionals operating at home and overseas. Learn more about SRA at www.sra.com.

SOURCE: SRA International, Inc.