Research Assistant, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

Full Time

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a Research Assistant to support the Military, Veterans, and Society Program. Candidates with familiarity with veteran issues, military force structure and personnel policies, and/or civil-military relations, and with strong experience with research methods are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Research Assistant will be expected to perform a variety of tasks outlined below. The following is an overview of primary responsibilities; other tasks may be required and responsibilities will vary over time.


Research and Analysis

  • New project conceptualization and assistance with developing research methodologies;
  • Literature reviews and in-depth research;
  • Research methods, including quantitative analysis;
  • Participation in engagements with external experts and practitioners including (non-resident) adjunct fellows.


  • Project proposals and grant applications in coordination with the Center staff;
  • Op-eds, journal articles, and co-authored/authored CNAS papers and reports;
  • Short analyses such as blog entries and commentaries driven by the news cycle;
  • Interim and final grant reports;
  • Project and event descriptions for external facing materials such as the CNAS website;
  • Formal invitations.

Project Development and Management

  • Research on and familiarity with potential funders;
  • Proposal development in conjunction with Center staff;
  • Budget generation and management in conjunction with Center staff;
  • Donor engagement and liaison.

Event Design and Management

  • Formulation of event agendas including themes and speakers;
  • Coordination of targeted email campaigns to promote events;
  • Management of RSVP lists;
  • Setup and logistics of events.

Publication Management

  • Content editing of CNAS papers and reports for substance, style, and layout;
  • Coordination with outside authors as needed;
  • Management of team publication schedules and deadlines;
  • Collaboration with Center staff to develop compelling graphics and data visualizations;
  • Strategy development for promotion of research among target audiences.

Other Administrative Responsibilities

  • Scheduling events and meetings;
  • Booking travel;
  • Compiling expense reports;
  • Maintaining website project content.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Participate in interviewing, employee orientation, and other personnel processes;
  • Attend internal meetings and represent CNAS at outside events;
  • Mentor colleagues, formally and informally;
  • Networking, messaging, and outreach;
  • Staff CNAS activities as needed;
  • Travel occasionally

Qualifications and Requirements


  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • An ability to work collaboratively with others in a fast-paced environment;
  • Demonstrated interest in military and veteran issues;
  • General familiarity with military, Department of Defense, and national security terms and research resources;
  • Strong writing skills, including good grammar and diligent self-editing and fact checking;
  • Strong research skills, including statistical and quantitative analysis;
  • Discretion, especially with regards to judging the quality of data and competing information sources;
  • Strong multitasking and time management skills, as well as an ability to juggle multiple projects and competing priorities;
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality;
  • Computer competency, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office;
  • Legal right to work in the United States.

Highly Preferred

  • Experience with qualitative/quantitative analysis;
  • Experience researching, analyzing, and writing on military and/or veteran issues;
  • Experience researching, analyzing, and writing on civil-military relations;
  • Master’s degree in relevant area of study (e.g., political science, international relations);
  • Project management experience.

About the Military, Veterans, and Society Program

The Military, Veterans, and Society (MVS) program addresses issues facing America’s service members, veterans, and military families, including the future of the All-Volunteer Force, trends within the veteran community, and civil-military relations. The program produces high-impact research that informs and inspires strategic action; convenes stakeholders and hosts top-quality public and private events to shape the national conversation; and engages policymakers, industry leaders, Congress, scholars, the media, and the public about issues facing veterans and the military community.

About CNAS

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) develops bold, innovative, and bipartisan national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. As an independent and bipartisan research institution, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. CNAS is located in Washington, DC.

To Apply

CNAS is accepting online applications only. Candidates must apply online using this link:

A complete application must include a cover letter explaining interest and qualifications for the position and a resume or CV. Writing samples may be requested.

CNAS abides by all Federal and District of Columbia employment laws. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.