Mission: IDA exists to promote national security, preserve the public welfare, and advance scientific learning by analyzing, evaluating, and reporting on matters of interest to the United States Government.
IDA (Institute for Defense Analyses) – a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington, DC – operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) in the public interest: the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications and Computing. IDA exists to promote national security, preserve the public welfare, and advance scientific learning by analyzing, evaluating, and reporting on matters of interest to the United States Government.
Sponsors rely on IDA for dispassionate, fact-based, and scientifically rigorous research and advice to inform their decisions. Since 1956, IDA’s basic mission has remained unchanged – bring the best scientific, technical, and analytic talent to bear on issues critical to U.S. National security, in a research environment free of commercial or shareholder interests where objectivity and the public interest are foremost.
The work produced by IDA’s FFRDCs is characterized by unquestioned objectivity and high quality. Because of our unique relationship with our Government sponsors, IDA enjoys unusual access to highly classified and sensitive government and corporate proprietary information. We adhere to a strict regime for avoiding conflicts of interest. We are thus in the position of offering outsider perspectives on important issues with insider access to information.
Our diverse mix of professionals possesses expertise in a broad range of technologies and systems combined with deep knowledge of costs, policies, operations, and organizational matters. IDA continually renews and evolves its staff, integrating those newly educated in the latest advances in research with seasoned veterans of acquisition management, policy-making, and operational leadership roles in government and defense-related organizations. The exceptional creativity, determination, and commitment to service that IDA researchers bring to their work are the foundation of IDA’s excellence.
David S. ChuAt IDA we behave ethically, first and foremost because it is the right thing to do. In addition, because our value—indeed, our very existence—is dependent on the acceptance of IDA’s research findings by our sponsors and the research and academic community at large, it is vital that our work is not biased by even the smallest conflicting interest. Credibility is hardearned and easily lost.
We created the IDA Code of Business Ethics and Conduct to help each of us reinforce IDA’s role as our sponsors’ trusted partner. It is important to note that while some of the instructions you will read here are imposed by law, most are guidelines we established ourselves. They reflect an internal ethos we take very seriously.
The purpose of these principles is not to find fault, but rather to protect both IDA and you when you find yourself in an ethically questionable situation. My general advice: become familiar with the principles outlined here, and if you are considering doing something, or being asked to do something, that does not “feel right,” you should refer to this guide or speak with your supervisor.
IDA has no more precious resource than its reputation, our stock in trade. Each of us—trustees, employees, consultants, and those detailed or assigned from the Government—has an obligation to avoid not just wrongdoing, but also the impression of impropriety. The information provided here will help you do the right thing.
David S.C. Chu
The Institute for Defense Analyses is a non-profit organization that provides government agencies with high-quality, objective analyses of issues of national security. We provide a work environment that encourages rigorous, independent research on challenging and complex issues.
IDA embraces diversity and supports an inclusive work environment. Working here requires energy, commitment, flexibility, and teamwork. Whether you’re a graduate student ready to start your career, a professional looking for your next challenge, or a member of the military hoping to transition to the private sector while continuing to make a difference in the national security of your country, we offer exciting opportunities to learn and grow.
Applicants who are selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship is required.
I have been working at Institute for Defense Analyses full-time (More than 3 years)
Junior staff is trusted to deliver high-quality work. Breadth of professional skills development prepares you well for future positions.
Needs work in gender/racial/partisan diversity.
Advice to Management
Create better internal communication avenues.
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Incredibly comprehensive. All-day interview, composed of meetings with majority of staff members. Prior format of a research presentation is now only enforced for senior researchers. Staff members were friendly and answered questions candidly.
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