Foreign Affairs Specialist

  • Fort Belvoir, VA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Clearance: Secret

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Using the right technical skills, unique methodologies, best practices, and integrated technology, we help clients implement bold solutions. New approaches to emerging and evolving threats. Non-traditional ways to overcome entrenched obstacles. Advantage through opportunity. If you have a serious challenge or problem, we can help you solve it.  The below job description provides details on how this role will help to serve our clients.

Job Description


The Department of Defense’s (DoD) CTR Program is a threat-based, counter-weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) program, and the Department works cooperatively with allies and partners to reduce or eliminate WMD threats. The DoD’s CTR Program is guided by the 2017 National Security Strategy, 2018 National Defense Strategy, and the DoD Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Strategy. Its primary purpose is to reduce and eliminate WMD threats. The cooperative nature of the DoD’s CTR activities yields a secondary benefit of strengthening regional alliances, deepening existing partnerships, and attracting new partners. Consequently, the DoD, through the CTR Program, has helped create a network of like-minded allies and partners with increased threat reduction capabilities that contribute and advance the interests and security of the United States of America.

The CTR Program directly supports United States (U.S.) national security objectives and initiatives by:

1.       Facilitating—

          a.       the safe and secure transportation and storage of nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons-usable or high-threat radiological materials, nuclear weapons components, and associated delivery vehicles; and

          b.       the elimination of nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons components, and nuclear weapons delivery vehicles.

2.       Preventing the proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons, weapons components, and weapons-related materials, technology, and expertise.

3.       Preventing the proliferation of biological weapons, weapons components, and weapons-related materials, technology, and expertise, which may include activities that facilitate detection and reporting of highly pathogenic diseases or other diseases that are associated with or that could be used as an early warning mechanism for disease outbreaks that could affect the Armed Forces of the United States or allies of the United States, regardless of whether such diseases are caused by biological weapons.

4.       Preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction-related materials, including materials, equipment, and technology that could be used for the design, development, production, or use of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the means of delivery of such weapons.

5.       Carrying out military-to-military and defense contacts for advancing the mission of the Program.


  • Advising the government on current state of treaties, international agreements, and the provisions of U.S. law or policy regarding WMD proliferation prevention, especially issues of legal authorities for interdiction and seizure in both maritime and land-based contexts composed of how well each weapons system is designed and manufactured, and its maintainability over time.
  • Supporting tasks relating to bilateral treaties, multilateral conventions (Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), etc.), bilateral agreements (CTR Umbrella and Implementing Agreements, Status of Forces Agreements, Science and Technology Agreements, etc.), and other such agreements which may impact, or potentially impact, or support CTR efforts in order to perform/support OSD and DTRA review, analyses, document generation, negotiation, and aid CTR in engagement/implementation of the CTR Program with new and existing partner countries.
  • Researching current US legal and foreign agreements and making recommendations on applicability for use by CTR.
  • Providing advise on such agreements as they relate to all legal avenues surrounding the characterization, testing, storage, disposal, and sharing of biological materials and data within the partner-country and across international borders.
  • Examining and exploring the use of other possible legal avenues to avoid delays that creation of a new agreement would cause for new prospective partner countries, in the absence of clearly identified agreements that facilitate cooperation between DoD and the prospective partner country.


Required Skills/Qualifications

  • The candidate must be a recognized industry leader with commensurate education and experience.  The candidate must possess a Master’s Degree and over 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledgeable of all U.S. government agencies and organizations engaged in proliferation prevention and complementary activities, and the extent of those activities.
  • Strong understanding of international security policy, WMD treaties, conventions, and agreements.
  • DOD SECRET Clearance
  • Travel up to 15%


Desired Skills/Qualifications

  • Background in international legal studies, international affairs, or international policy a plus.
  • Excellent communication, written, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects which include prioritizing, tracking, attention to detail, follow-up, and follow-through to project completion.
  • Flexibility/adaptability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Candidates with a Secret, Top Secret, or Top Secret/SCI clearance are preferred.

Additional Information

The Red Gate Group, Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Red Gate Group, Ltd. considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.  EEO is the Law

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