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Assistant Wargaming Fellow

National Defense University
District of Columbia, United States
$65,383.00 - $83,805.00
Posted Date
Apr 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations, Jobs Outside Academe, Non-profit & Government Organizations
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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National Defense University (NDU) supports the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world.

  •  The public U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

All U.S. Citizens.



  • Supports NDU component Colleges and Centers through the research, design, development, planning, and execution of national defense, national security, and joint military operations-focused experiential learning initiatives (including educational wargames, exercises and simulations, conferences, symposia, and workshops) conducted by CASL.
  • Manages and participates on CASL teams that are developing and implementing national and homeland security exercises and other experiential learning activities, with a particular emphasis on subjects related to strategic/great power competition, global integration, dynamic force employment, defense resourcing, transregional all-domain warfighting, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, homeland security, counter-terrorism, cybersecurity, and other emerging national security trends.
  • Participates in the curriculum design and development process with the NDU component faculty. The incumbent provides the Division Director inputs on the effectiveness of the Division's exercises and works with him/her to ensure that both meet the highest quality standards and support the sponsors' requirements. The incumbent recommends changes to improve the quality of CASL exercises and simulations.
  • Conducts research and analysis focused on the development of national security exercises concerning a wide range of domestic and international challenges. Facilitates research and development of exercise and simulation concepts, methodologies, and approaches that are focused on best practices for application at the policy-making, strategic, and operational levels. Studies best practices for NDU curriculum support, such as case studies, simulations, or practical exercises. Conducts inter-disciplinary research to ensure that informational products for experiential learning exercises and events reflect the most relevant and up-to-date information available to decision makers with the appropriate content and in the correct format.
  • Ensures all required administrative and project programming requirements are met in order to ensure mission success of CASL's efforts in support of the JPME experiential learning events and tasks. Supports CASL, Academic Affairs, NDU, and/or external engagement efforts and activities in support of key mission areas and OPMEP requirements.
Requirements Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • If selected, you will be required to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of determining appropriate workplace safety protocols, such as those related to masking, testing, travel, and quarantine.
  • Security clearance of Secret required and must be obtained and maintained.
  • Qualifications Required Qualifications:
    • Possess a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) in political science, history, international relations, economics, security policy, public administration, or other appropriate discipline.
    • Experience in the study of national-level policy formulation, planning, implementation, and management of national security-related programs (e.g., humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, defense resourcing, homeland security, transregional multi-domain warfighting, cybersecurity, or stability and reconstruction operations).
    • Two years of relevant practical experience in international affairs and/or in the national and/or homeland security field is required.
    • A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in wargaming and wargame design, and/or documented potential in teaching, engagement, scholarship/research, or professional contributions is also required.
    • Experience, education, and/or training in facilitating or leading group discussions, working groups, or multifunctional/organizational committees.
    • Experience with Microsoft Office suite tools, Adobe suite tools, video editing tools, GIS tools, modeling/simulation tools.
    • Experience interacting with academic, military, government, or industry officials.
    Desired Qualifications:
    • Knowledge related to relevant social science work including pedagogy, adult learning, organizational science, group dynamics, psychology, and sociology is preferred.

    Education Requirement: An earned Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) in political science, history, international relations, economics, security policy, public administration, or other appropriate discipline.

    Official transcripts will be required at time of selection to verify educational requirements are met.

    Additional information

    NDU has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. NDU employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telecommute.

    This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.

    Initial Probationary Period: 
    You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.

    Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non-Critical Sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security determination to occupy a Non-Critical Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

    Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to:

    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.

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