Director Defense Policy National Security Affairs

  • Location
    Rosslyn, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jan 23

Position description

The Director of Defense Policy and National Security Affairs serves as primary company liaison with the staff level of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD/P) and the National Security Council (NSC), with backup responsibilities for the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Commerce. This position reports to the Vice President for National Security Affairs and Public Policy.  

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Advocate in support of Raytheon international sales and pursuits with OSD/P and the NSC. Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with relevant Department of Defense and NSC staff members.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the Washington-based foreign diplomatic community in order to strengthen Raytheon’s relationships with international customers and to increase the pipeline for international sales.
  • Engage other U.S. Government policy-making bodies, including the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Commerce, in support of Raytheon international sales and pursuits, as needed.
  • Interact with company Business Units (primarily, but not exclusively, via International Business Development Executives, strategic capture teams, and licensing specialists) to ensure RII alignment, cross-business collaboration, and achievement of annual international bookings goals. Participate in systematic, regularly scheduled policy and advocacy consultations with Business Units. Contribute to RII reporting outputs for RTN audiences
  • Support Senior Leadership Team in all high-level policy advocacy and engagement with USG and diplomatic representatives of foreign customers, as well as visiting foreign government officials, including through preparation of read-ahead briefing material
  • Assist in ensuring that the work of international business advisers and domestic strategic consultants under contract to RII, as well as RII membership in policy and advocacy associations, supports the company’s policy and advocacy efforts in the United States and achievement of Raytheon’s annual international bookings goals
  • Team with businesses and other Washington-based enterprise elements (especially GR and GT) to improve enterprise-wide engagement and message consistency with the USG
  • Participate in RII strategy and planning initiatives that leverage Administration policy priorities in order to create new international business opportunities for Raytheon



  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • 14-plus years of progressive experience working on defense, foreign policy, and national security issues
  • Secret with current SSBI mandatory, Top Secret with current SSBI desired

Desired Skills: 

  • Expertise and experience in the role of the U.S. Department of Defense, especially OSD-P
  • Detailed understanding of the USG’s international defense sales approval process 
  • Detailed understanding of the National Security Structure and interagency process. 
  • Expert knowledge of international security affairs, especially in Europe, South and East Asia, and/or the Middle East.
  • Extensive experience in advising and influencing senior officials in the U.S. Government, particularly in OSD-P or NSC. 
  • Deep understanding of the organization, leadership structure, and decision-making process of the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Expertise and experience working with DoD security cooperation programs. 
  • Demonstrated aptitude as a team player and leader who works effectively with superiors, peers, and subordinates. 
  • Strong problem-solving skills, including an ability to reconcile foreign government and U.S. Government defense policy priorities in a way that meets corporate business objectives.
  • Experience working with U.S. defense companies, particularly with respect to international defense sales.
  • Experience and expertise in negotiating and collaborating with foreign governments on military cooperation and sales. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including an ability to explain policy and technical issues, geopolitical developments, and country-specific and regional issues that affect Raytheon business interests to corporate decision-makers.
  • Fluency in Asian languages, especially Arabic, Japanese, and/or Korean.  

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