Principal Subject Matter Expert 2 ( SOCOM Technical Support SME )

Applied Research Associates   •  

Raleigh, NC

Industry: Engineering Services


15+ years

Posted 378 days ago

The Southeast Division (SED) of Applied Research Associates (ARA), Inc., has an immediate need for a full-time Principal Subject Matter Expert 2 position with a strong background in SOCOM technical support. Primary work location will be USASOC at Fort Bragg NC with frequent customer meetings as related SOCOM support elements. Previous assignments at SOCOM and related support elements involved with Operational Intelligence experience a must. This position requires strong analytical, communication and problem solving skills.  The successful candidate will be able to work closely with Government leads at all levels and assist in identifying priority technical issues that can be transitioned to engineering teams for corrective actions.

Job Description:

The successful applicant will work closely with SOCOM and related support elements to assist in identifying new ways that Intelligence Community products/capabilities can be better optimized to support SOCOM analysts and warfighters. This role will require significant interactions with all levels of SOCOM employees and will focus on the prioritization of technical activities that will result in timely new capabilities to benefit SOCOM. The position will be imbedded at USASOC but will require frequent interactions with SOCOM employees across Fort Bragg.

Additionally, the applicant will work closely with software development teams to review current capabilities and requirements to ensure that new capabilities successfully meet the needs of SOCOM and focus on exploiting existing GEOINT data. Position may require occasional travel to other SOCOM support facilities and Washington DC for customer meetings and technical exchanges. Note that this is a developer position requiring that the successful candidate be aware of the need to avoid all budget/acquisition discussions.

Security Clearance Requirements:   Active TS/SCI required

Required Skills

Candidates will be required to have the following general experience and knowledge:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 16+ years' experience
  • Significant working knowledge and experience with providing operational and strategic information to senior Government decision makers
  • Detailed understanding of SOCOM and related support elements and how they interact with the Intelligence Community with focus on NGA
  • Minimum of fifteen years of multi-discipline operations/intelligence analytical intel experience with emphasis on supporting Army, joint and/or Combatant Commands
  • Previous experience in the use of at least two intelligence disciplines (SIGINT, GEOINT, MASINT, HUMINT)
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, presentation, and communication skills


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1,100 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, pleaseapply at

ARA is an EOE/M/F/Disabled/Veteran Employer. ARA is an At-Will Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.




Bachelors or better.



Previous experience in the use of at least two intelligence disciplines (SIGINT, GEOINT, MASINT, HUMINT)

15 years:Multi-discipline operations/intelligence analytical intel experience with emphasis on supporting Army, joint and/or Combatant Commands

Licenses & Certifications


Security Clear Top Secret