Acquisition Specialist (Secret Clearance)

  • Full-time
  • Clearance: Secret

Company Description

At RED GATE we do everything we can to serve our clients:
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 likeminded 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.


  • Advise Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) on department-wide acquisition planning and execution
  • Provide acquisition expertise and hands on support to the BTRP Project Team for their preparation of procurement request packages and modifications (example documents include statement of work, work breakdown structure, proposal content and evaluation criteria, market research report, justifications for non-competitive actions, contract data requirements list, determination and finding, etc.)
  • Support BTRP acquisition efforts including analyses of offeror capabilities, support of cost reasonableness and realism determinations, technical estimates and evaluations, general proposal reviews and related analytical work
  • Support BTRP program financial management activities needed for BTRP acquisition program execution
  • Document acquisition best practices and lessons learned, and make recommendations to adapt, apply, and embed those practices throughout the project life cycle
  • Assist in tracking acquisition project-essential data
  • Maintain awareness of, and perform analyses of, evolving acquisition policy type matters such as best practices, acquisition reform efforts, updates to acquisition and procurement policy, regulations, and legislative changes
  • Provide expertise and advice regarding acquisition policies and approaches
  • Assist in development of performance metrics to track contract actions throughout the acquisition lifecycle
  • Support the review of cost estimates for BTRP acquisition efforts
  • Provide acquisition expertise to assist in the development of BTRP program sustainability assessments to determine the ability of partner countries to accept and sustain BTRP projects
  • Provide acquisition expertise to support the development of sustainment plans, analyses, and related supporting documents
  • As requested, conduct market research to identify new technologies, tools, and methods to conduct or support BTRP programs


  • Education/Experience: The candidate must possess a Bachelor Degree and 3-10 years of relevant experience.
  • Active Secret clearance required
  • Federal Acquisition life-cycle expertise.
  • Knowledge of federal and DoD contracting (i.e., FAR and DFARS, DoD Series 5000) requirements.
  • Proficient in drafting (for Government approval) Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCE), Rough Order of Magnitude estimates (ROMs), proposal cost/price analysis, and other financial management activities.

Desired Skills/Qualifications

  • Master's Degree preferred.
  • Experience working with the U.S. government on areas concerning national security.
  • Familiarity with State-level and regional WMD threats.
  • Familiarity with nonproliferation obligations, approaches, and objectives.
  • International engagement experience.
  • Excellent communication, written, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects which includes 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. Know Your Rights

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