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The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for profit corporation that operates three Federally-Funded Research Centers (FFRDCs): the Systems and Analyses Center serving the Department of Defense; the Science and Technology Policy Institute serving the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, the National Science Board, and other offices and councils within the executive branch of the federal government; and the Center for Communications and Computing serving the National Security Agency. IDA provides objective analyses of national security issues and related national challenges, particularly those requiring extraordinary scientific and technical expertise.
The Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD), one of eight research divisions within the Alexandria-based Systems and Analyses Center, performs interdisciplinary analyses of plans and policies related to national security strategy; the structure and capabilities of US, allied and adversary forces; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense; global developments in military technologies; and human capital challenges. In addition, the Division assists U.S. agencies and partner nations in organizational management challenges, including development, implementation, and improvement of the management processes necessary to sustain efficient and effective national security establishments.
Reporting directly to the IDA President, the Director leads the division in providing high-quality analyses and advice to its sponsors in DOD, DHS, other US government agencies with national or homeland security missions, and foreign security partners of the US.
The Director is responsible for delivering annually about 90 staff-years of effort distributed across more than 60 active research projects.
The Director supervises an accomplished staff, about 90% of whom hold graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines spanning the physical and life sciences, economics and the social sciences, mathematics and operations research. About one third of the staff have served in the armed forces or at senior levels in the US government.