U.S. Naval War College — Assistant Professor, Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute

The President, U.S. Naval War College, invites applications for an Assistant Professor with the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute (CIPI) in the Strategic and Operational Research Department (SORD) at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies (CNWS) in Newport, RI.

The U.S. Naval War College is a Professional Military Education (PME) institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. U.S. and selected international graduates earn Master of Arts degrees in National Security & Strategic Studies or Defense & Strategic Studies accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. The College educates and develops future leaders through the development of strategic perspective, critical thinking, and cultural awareness, as well as enhancing the capability to advise senior leaders and policy makers. The College also helps to define the future Navy and its roles and missions; supports combat readiness; strengthens global maritime partnerships; and promotes ethics and leadership throughout the force. We are actively seeking candidates with diverse academic, demographic and professional backgrounds. More information on the college can be found at www.usnwc.edu

Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute. CIPI is the premier hub for research on cyber strategy and technology policy at the U.S. Naval War College. CIPI faculty conduct scholarly research to create new knowledge about cyber security and military innovation. This research is published to inform the Navy and engage the Nation. CIPI faculty also educate the next generation of military leadership. CIPI faculty consist of scholars in SORD and affiliates across the College. In addition, CIPI collaborates with other academic institutions, think tanks, and government organizations in the United States and around the world. Understanding technological change and international security requires global engagement and interdisciplinary expertise: military and civilian, social and technical, open-source and classified, scholarly and policy. Drawing on diverse expertise, CIPI helps answer Navy problems of national significance.

Strategic and Operational Research Department (SORD). The SORD produces innovative research and analysis for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. interagency, and the broader national security community. It also generates new scholarship in security studies and actively participates in the broader academic community. The SORD is one of three departments in the CNWS at the Naval War College, the others being the War Gaming Department and the Stockton Center for International Law. The SORD is home to a number of specialized centers, institutes, and advanced research groups that foster deeper levels of research, analysis, and teaching on subjects of critical interest for the Navy: the China Maritime Studies Institute, the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute, the Russia Maritime Studies Institute, and the Halsey, Mahan, and Brodie groups. The SORD’s faculty employ varied and multi-disciplinary approaches to national security issues, generating new knowledge for the Navy and the Department of Defense. The department’s faculty are educated in a range of social sciences, humanities, sciences, and critical languages, and the faculty consists of civilians and retired and active-duty military officers.

Responsibilities. The Assistant Professor will work under the supervision of the CIPI Director and the SORD Chair. Duties will include individual and team research, engagement, and education to support Navy leadership on cyber security and military innovation. Research topics will include—but not be limited to—questions about cyber offense and defense at the operational level of war, integration of cyber actions and effects with other instruments of national power, information and influence operations, wargaming, and military decision making about emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Qualifications and Competencies. Qualified candidates must have an advanced degree from an accredited university. A Ph.D. in a research-related field such as political science or computer science are preferred. Candidates who will successfully defend their dissertation prior to 1 September 2022 are encouraged to apply. Preferred applicants will have significant operational experience using information technology, familiarity with information technology and military force, and the ability to publish research on national security and international relations. Knowledge of computer network operations is desirable. Interdisciplinary expertise in cyber security and European security or security in the Indo-Pacific is desirable. Familiarity with naval/maritime strategies, concepts, and capabilities is desirable. Teaching experience is also valued. Successful candidates will have an active and ambitious research agenda that they will continue to pursue at the Naval War College.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens capable of obtaining a Department of Defense security clearance at the TOP SECRET/SCI level. The selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment drug screening test and random drug testing thereafter. Any current or prior military service should be described including assignments, positions held, highest rank attained, and dates of service.

Salary Considerations. Salary is competitive and is accompanied by a generous Federal Civil Service package that includes health insurance, pension and retirement saving plans (with employer matching contributions), paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and credentials in accordance with Department of the Navy Faculty Pay Schedule. This is a tenure track position.

Application Process. Applicants must reference VA#NWC-22-13 and submit their application package to: NWC-22-13@usnwc.edu. The application package must include: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) research agenda (no more than 2000 words); and (4) names and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted through 11:59 pm (EDT), May 2, 2022.

Questions about this position should be directed via email to Dr. Frank Smith, Frank.Smith@usnwc.edu.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement Safer Federal Workforce Task Force 2 pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans’ preference eligibility a positive factor for hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”) to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim 10-Point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” and supporting documents required for specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-Point Preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at www.opm.gov.)

Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement dated to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

The Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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