Open Skies Treaty SME

  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 20

Position description

ANSER enhances national and homeland security by strengthening public institutions.  We provide thought leadership for complex issues through independent analysis and we deliver practical, useful solutions.  ANSER values collaboration, integrity, and initiative and we are client focused in all that we do. Because we were established for the purpose of public service and not for profit, we measure our success in the impact of our service. 

SPECIFIC JOB DESCRIPTION: Open Skies Treaty Subject Matter Expert

Are you looking for an opportunity to leverage your knowledge of international relations, foreign policy, and national security? Would you like to gain experience working across the DoD and U.S. Government developing and implementing national security policy and international treaties? Are you skilled at research, analysis, and delivering high quality products? ANSER has a unique opportunity available with the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration (AF/A10). We are looking for an energetic new team member to provide analytical and subject matter expertise to support the International Treaties and Agreements Branch, specifically focusing on the Open Skies Treaty.  

Specifically, the Open Skies Treaty SME will:

  • Provide guidance for the AF on all Open Skies Treaty requirements
  • Coordinate all AFA activities and answer any questions related to the Open Skies Treaty and AF policy for implementation and compliance
  • Provide historical background, current and future treaty requirements and implications for AF projects, and professional advising and recommendations on all Open Skies Treaty-related issues.
  • Coordinate meetings in the D.C. area when the OC-135B aircraft is discussed
  • Be available to travel to the following locations:
    • Vienna, Austria for treaty discussions
    • Tinker AFB, OK for aircraft maintenance issues
    • Wright-Patterson AFB, OH for sensor and film development issues
    • San Pedro, CA for mission equipment issues
  • Provide written recommendations and documents, support policy and strategy development, develop talking points, and brief senior AF leaders
  • Represent AF positions and all aspects of AF policy relating to the Open skies Treaty
  • Develop, prepare, and implement education, training, and exercise materials for international treaty and agreement implementation; develop and implement wargames and tabletop exercises; plan and execute meetings, working groups, conferences, and other events.
  • Conduct research; draft responses to requests for information; review policy documents; develop papers, briefings, talking points, recommendations, and other deliverables; and brief findings to AF senior leaders as needed.



  • Active TS clearance with SCI eligibility.
  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations or a related field and 8 years of experience.
  • Knowledge of Open Skies governance bodies (Backstopping, Implementation & Compliance Working Groups) and current USG emerging policies.
  • Detailed knowledge of USAF OC-135B Digital Visual Imaging System, future certification efforts, and Recapitalization Program.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of USAF Open Skies Policies and Instructions, Open Skies International Decisions, and Passive and Active Overflight Missions protocols to include international operational and reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of operations of the OC-135B aircraft.
  • Experience coordinating funding issues for aircraft operations and maintenance.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills; ability to work in a team environment.
  • Skilled at research, analysis, and writing; experience authoring reports, assessments, responses to requests for information, talking points, briefings, and other products.


  • Demonstrated experience working on Open Skies Treaty issues.
  • Familiarity with aircraft maintenance requirements.
  • Knowledge of the Air Staff, Joint Staff, and Office of the Secretary of Defense organization and responsibilities for nuclear weapons and nonproliferation.
  • Experience interacting with and briefing SES and Flag Officer level leaders.
  • Experience planning, directing, and managing complex projects/operations.
  • Experience planning meetings, conferences, war games, and tabletop exercises.


  • ANSER is a not-for-profit corporation that performs studies and analysis supporting national security and public policy. Our unique position enables us to provide objective recommendations and innovative solutions for our nation. We are committed exclusively to public service. Here, the mission always comes first.
  • Our mission is to inform decisions that shape the nation’s future. We value integrity, collaboration, and excellence. We look for teammates who are pro-active in identifying our nation’s toughest problems and develop innovative approaches to solve them. 
  • ANSER offers competitive benefits, including significant training, education, and professional development opportunities. We also provide a 401K retirement plan, health care options, and 100% employer-paid short-term disability and life insurance.

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