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The Week That Will Be

Cody M. Poplin
Monday, December 14, 2015, 12:32 AM

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Monday, December 14th at 10 am: At the Wilson Center, Yafeng Xia, Sergei Zhuk, Robert Daly, and Matthew Rojansky will discuss the history of Chinese and Russian narratives of the United States and how they inform the policies of Moscow and Beijing in an event entitled Eagle Watching in Moscow and Beijing: Russian and Chinese Historical Perspectives on the U.S. Register here.

Tuesday, December 15th at 10 am: The Stimson Center will host an event on the Asia-Pacific Rebalance: The Role of Development in Building a Climate-Resilient Asia. USAID Assistant Administrator for Asia Jonathan Stivers will discuss the challenges and opportunities that climate change and environmental protection pose for developing countries in Asia an the U.S. rebalance to the region. Brian Eyler will moderate. RSVP.

Wednesday, December 16th at 9 am: At the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a panel will discuss Unmanned Systems in Homeland Security as part of a report launch by CSIS and the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute. For more information on speakers and event partners, visit CSIS's website.

Thursday, December 17th at 1:30 pm: The Woodrow Wilson Center will host an event entitled The Syrian Crisis and Israeli Security Challenges. Henri J. Barkey will moderate a conversation with Michael Koplow, Yoram Peri, and Tamara Wittes. See more information on the event announcement.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Director, Cyber Security Risk

Company: Good Harbor Security Risk Management, LLC, is a boutique consulting firm that advises senior corporate executives, Boards, government leaders, and investment professionals on cyber security risk management. Good Harbor is led by Chairman and CEO Richard Clarke, an internationally renowned expert and former White House advisor to three presidents on cyber security, counterterrorism, and national security.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Director, Cyber Security Risk

Location: Washington, D.C.

THE POSITION: Good Harbor is seeking a highly motivated, diligent, and dependable individual to join its Washington, D.C. office as a director.

Position responsibilities include the following:

- Lead client service delivery, including leading client meetings, reports, and presentations

- Lead business development activities, including researching companies and issues, preparing decks and memos, writing proposals, attending conferences, and engaging with prospective clients

- Support development of intellectual property and methodologies through research and writing

- Conduct reporting, research, and writing on a range of cyber security topics

- Coordinate with the company’s administrative and marketing activities such as contracts, human resources, and social media/online presence

The position is based in Washington, D.C. with up to ~20 percent domestic travel and the option for occasional international travel. This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary based on qualifications and generous benefits.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE AND QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate has the following characteristics and qualifications:

- Five to ten years work experience

- A degree (Masters preferred) in business, technology, public policy, security studies, or another relevant field

- Excellent writing, analytic, and verbal communications skills

- Experience in a consulting business (commercial sector preferred)

- Experience managing projects

- Knowledge of cyber security issues

- Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail

- Comfortable working independently with little guidance and also within a team in a fastpaced environment

- Discreet and trustworthy

- Interest in national security and technology

DEADLINE AND HOW TO APPLY: We are always looking for talented candidates and can be reached via year-round to discuss opportunities. For the Director position, we anticipate receiving applications until January 15, 2016 and making recruitment decisions in Q1. Qualified candidates should apply by sending the following information to a CV; a cover letter; confirmation of work authorization in the U.S. (specify U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or details of other work authorization); and, a short writing sample (2-5 pages demonstrating writing suitable for a professional consulting environment). All documents should be in PDF format. Please include “Director” in the subject line.

Senior Associate General Counsel

Application Dealine: December 25th, 2015

Salary Range: $107,325 to $158,700

Location: McLean, VA

Security Clearance: Top Secret/SCI

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide expert legal advice and guidance to senior Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) leadership on complex areas of law affecting ODNI's duties and responsibilities under the National Security Act, Presidential directives, Executive Orders, and other related laws and policies.

The individual selected for this position will be responsible for, among other things, providing expert legal advice on administrative law, EEO matters, and general litigation.

Will represent the Agency in all aspects of litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on matters arising under federal statutes, including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other laws administered by the EEOC; including preparing pleadings, conducting and defending depositions, engaging in discovery, and representing the agency in court proceedings.

For more information and directions on how to apply, visit the job announcement.

Chief, Policy-Office of Law and Policy, Department Of Justice

Application deadline: December 21, 2015

Grade: ES-0905-00

Clearance: Top Secret/SCI

Job Summary: The incumbent of this position serves as the Chief for Policy in the Office of Law & Policy in the National Security Division (NSD). The Chief exercises full responsibility for managing and coordinating all policy work on behalf of NSD. The Office of Law & Policy's mission is to develop lawful, effective national security policy, including by shaping through litigation and appeals the body of law that governs national security practice in the United States.


  • Provides legal counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security and the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Law & Policy; provides guidance to senior Department leadership on national security policy issues.
  • Responsible for carrying out the crucial policy responsibilities of the Division; develops and implements national security policy responsibilities for NSD's litigating and intelligence collection components.
  • Provides guidance to members of the Intelligence Community in developing and implementing policies relating to intelligence collection, information sharing and litigation.

For more on this position, please visit the employment announcement.

Chief, Foreign Investment Review Staff (FIRS), Department of Justice

Application deadline: December 21, 2015

Grade: ES-0905-00

Clearance: Top Secret

Job Summary: This position serves as the Chief for the Foreign Investment Review Staff (FIRS) of the National Security Division (NSD) of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The Chief exercises full responsibility for carrying out all policy, programmatic, and managerial matters assigned or required to assure effective and efficient operations of FIRS. FIRS serves as the Department's operational arm for reviewing certain transactions involving acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign companies for national security concerns, and the Department's principal representative on an interagency group that provides opinions to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regarding the granting of particular licenses to foreign owned or controlled entities that pose potential national security risks.

Duties: The Chief is responsible for the function of, and the personnel assigned to, FIRS. This includes the supervision and review of attorneys (GS-15 level), para-professionals (GS-11 to GS-15 level), and clerical support staff to ensure that a uniformly high level of performance is reflected in the work of FIRS.

The Chief is the principal legal advisor responsible for providing expert advice and guidance to the NSD's senior leadership on reviews of foreign acquisitions of domestic entities that might affect national security; tracking and monitoring of transactions that have been approved and identifying unreported transactions that might merit review; responding to FCC requests for the Department's views relating to the national security implications of certain transactions relating to FCC licenses; and identifying policy and legal gaps that must be addressed to further national security.

For more on this position, please visit the employment announcement.

Director of Risk Management and Senior Counsel, Department of Justice

Application deadline: December 21, 2015

Grade: ES-0905-00

Clearance: Top Secret/SCI

Job Summary: The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department (DOJ's) efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security. NSD is responsible for supervising the enforcement of all federal criminal laws related to counterterrorism and counterespionage, except those specifically assigned to other divisions. NSD also serves as the Department of Justice's liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) and represents the government and the USIC before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. NSD advises the Attorney General regarding all matters of national security policy.

Duties: Director of Risk Management and Senior Counsel (Director) performs all duties assigned or required to execute the senior NSD leadership's, programmatic, legal, management and administrative agenda including but not limited to the following:

Serves as the Division's principal lawyer for internal risk minimization and oversight. Identifies potential areas of legal risk or vulnerability within NSD internal operations and provides guidance regarding the best method of mitigating or eliminating such risk.

Provides supervisory and management oversight of a staff of senior lawyers and non-lawyers that handle extremely sensitive legal matters of significance to NSD, including, but not limited to: compliance; responses to national security oversight and related requests; legal ethics and professional responsibility; national security and intelligence legal risk; administrative law; and other legal areas related to internal risk mitigation.

Oversees the development and execution of NSD's long-term executive management strategy and ensures that NSD's strategy informs and comports with the Department's strategy. Advances the strategy management system and ensures organizational alignment, building capacity through strategy training and facilitation, and providing strategic performance analysis to the AAG and other executive decision makers.

For more on this position, please visit the employment announcement.

Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement, Human Rights Watch

Description: The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses related to the rights abuses occurring at the intersection between national security policies, US mass surveillance, and domestic law enforcement policies and practices. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and assessing the rights implications of involving domestic law enforcement in national security operations, prosecutors’ use of information derived from US mass surveillance in preparing criminal cases, or the rights implications of the use of new tools of surveillance by local police or immigration enforcement agencies. The position reports to the Director of the US Program. The position will be preferably based in Washington DC, but other locations may be considered.

Qualifications: Education: A US law degree (J.D.) or an advanced degree in US national security, criminal law/policy, journalism, or a related field is required.

Experience: Minimum four years of relevant experience is required. Relevant experience may include among other things, work as an investigative reporter or attorney on issues related to privacy, surveillance, national security and domestic law enforcement; analysis and advocacy on for nonprofit advocacy or impact litigation organizations; or work in government on policies relating to national security, privacy, surveillance, and/or criminal law.

Related Skills and Knowledge: 1. Extensive knowledge of national security, privacy, surveillance, and criminal law in the US is required; 2. Deep commitment to human rights is required; 3. Proven track record of producing timely first-rate written products and editing experience is required. 4. Exceptionally strong research, analytical, writing, and editing skills are required. 5. Experience conducting challenging investigative research inside the United States is highly desirable. 6. Expertise or familiarity with relevant technology is highly desirable. 7. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and strong public speaking skills, are required; proficiency in other languages, such as Spanish or Arabic, is highly desirable; experience with TV, radio, print, and social media is highly desirable. 8. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW and in a diverse environment, as well as with partners, are required. 9. Capacity to appropriately plan and prioritize and to manage multiple, sometimes competing demands efficiently in a challenging, fast-paced environment are required.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Other: Applicants for this position must be willing to travel frequently and be prepared to spend extensive time outside the office doing research or advocacy.

Contact: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary requirements, a brief non-legal writing sample (no briefs or legal memos and unedited by others) and three references to Please use “National Security Researcher Application Ref: USP-15- 1078” as the subject of your email.

Cody Poplin is a student at Yale Law School. Prior to law school, Cody worked at the Brookings Institution and served as an editor of Lawfare. He graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 with degrees in Political Science & Peace, War, and Defense.

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