Ignite Fueling Innovation - HYPERSONIC THREAT ANALYST

Ignite is hiring experienced Hypersonic Threat Analyst to study, decompose, and evaluate hypersonic threats in support our government customer. Current efforts will focus on supporting a hypersonic analytical capability that leverages technical missile systems knowledge and intelligence research experience to support the technical analysis, development, and operational integrity of mission critical efforts in relation to adversary hypersonic threats.

This position will also provide analytical support to enable operational and strategic assessments using all-source, including MASINT, GEOINT, ELINT, SIGINT, HUMINT, and OSINT, intelligence by researching, authoring, coordinating, and collaborating with the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) as they relate to hypersonic threats.

Research, characterize, assess hypersonic vulnerabilities, and develop reports detailing adversary threats to U.S. and allied forces to enhance existing countermeasures and future defensive capabilities. Apply knowledge of networks and technology and experience with customer tools and databases to identify, extract, and analyze pertinent information and provide technical analysis to enhance existing and future defensive capabilities.

Apply seasoned experience of fusing intelligence analysis with the current hypersonic threat environment to support the development of future countermeasure strategies. The candidate will support the customer both in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as provide support at multiple locations across the United States. Most of the work will be performed in an office environment but will also include time at integration laboratories and hypersonic test facilities.


  • Selected candidates will support the analysis of hypersonic threats.
  • Conducts comprehensive related research on hypersonic threat and performs intelligence analysis on related capabilities.
  • Lead and perform a wide variety of tasks developing, maintaining, and integrating hypersonic threat intelligence in support of Missile Defense System (MDS) activities.
  • Inform performance concepts and requirements for advanced kill vehicle capabilities of MDS in a model-based systems engineering environment.
  • Hypersonic threat intelligence support to end-to-end performance analysis of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
  • Apply IC knowledge of hypersonic threats to the analysis of missile performance in both simulation and flight test environments.
  • Develop intelligence-validated solutions to counter complex hypersonic threats that require the application of advanced technical principles.
  • Provide intelligence support to the development, updating, and benchmarking/anchoring of hypersonic Modeling Simulation and Threat Emulation (MS&TE) tools to support system analysis tasks.
  • Compare and contrast information from different sources.
  • Prepares, produces, and disseminates both scheduled and unscheduled general products, such as: briefings, studies, estimates, and assessments memoranda.
  • Provides technical assistance for other project team members.
  • Identifies resource requirements and shortfalls as they present themselves.
  • Represents activity in working groups and committees as substantive authority in subject area.
  • Respond to Requests for Information and provide support to operational planning, technical papers, and other tasks as directed by customer.
  • Work with minimal guidance and be fully capable of meeting most analytic methodology services without direction.
  • Collaborate to provide accurate information that contributes to synergized analysis that is better than the sum of the individual parts.
  • Serve as a liaison to the IC at the direction of the client.
  • Work rapidly in a high tempo, high stress environment that often requires multi-tasking.
  • Support the corporate business development/capture efforts and growth objectives of Ignite.

Job Requirements:

Education, Experience, & Licensing Requirements:

  • US citizenship.
  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree, or higher, in a related field of study is required.
  • Attendance in a basic Intelligence Course is preferred.
  • Previous intelligence integration experience is preferred.
  • Previous experience as an Operations Research/Systems Analyst (ORSA) is a plus.
  • Any of the following Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE) certifications is a plus:
  • Certified Defense All-Source Analysis Levels I and II (CDASA-I; CDASA-II)
  • Certified Collection Management Professional – Fundamentals (CCMP-F)
  • Intelligence Planner Certification
  • GEOINT Professional Certification (GPC)

Required Skills:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience with all-source intelligence analysis and production.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience providing intelligence analysis support to conventional missile system threats.
  • Strong familiarity with missile system design and performance attributes.
  • Knowledge of foreign missile operations and dependencies.
  • Knowledge of U.S. national and service-specific IC roles and responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of IC reporting, sources, dissemination mechanisms, and tradecrafts.
  • Knowledge of both U.S. service and national security space systems and architectures.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment, focused on networking with other IC partners.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Ability to break down and analyze complex and/or difficult problems.
  • Ability to prepare extensive reports and present findings to clients in a clear and concise manner.
  • Experience collecting, interpreting, and organizing data or integrating intelligence into a finished product.
  • Advanced speaking and report-writing skills for effective communication in national security environments.
  • Excellent customer engagement skills.
  • Attention to details and a commitment to accuracy.

Desired Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience providing threat intelligence analysis support to hypersonic missile system threats.
  • High-fidelity MS&TE experience with aerodynamics, aerothermal, and aero-optics using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for hypersonic flight environments such as high-speed boundary layer, heat transfer, non-equilibrium chemistry, ablation, turbulence, etc.
  • Experience in analyzing infra-red (IR) threat signatures with environmental effects.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills with clear communication.
  • Able to contribute technical expertise throughout the system lifecycle including design, integration, test, and delivery to operations.
  • Experience with online collaboration tools (e.g., TEAMS, Sharepoint, Zoom).
  • Demonstrated relevant expertise with analytic methodologies in support of intelligence production.
  • Membership in either the Military Intelligence Corps Association (MICA) or the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is a plus.

Salary Range: $125,000 to $175,000. Salary and compensation is directly tied to academic achievement, documented years of related experience, and demonstrated subject matter experience in the stated mission area(s) for this position.

Culture & Values: Culture and values are incredibly important to Ignite. They inform us of who we are and of how we act. They are shared beliefs and guideposts that we all follow when we're facing a difficult challenge or a significant decision. Our values tell us how we live our lives, how we serve our clients, and how we support our partners/teammates. Our values are crucial for fostering a culture of winning for our company and helping our clients solve the most difficult problems:

  • Customer Focus & Mission Orientation
  • Results & Accountability
  • Innovation & Responsiveness
  • Transparency & Integrity
  • Subject Matter Expertise & Delivering Excellence
  • Inclusiveness, Collaboration, & Teamwork

About Ignite: Ignite is a premier provider of subject matter expertise and specialized services to the US Intelligence Community, Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and the National Aeronautics & Space Administration. Ignite is proud to distinguish itself as a CMMI Services Level III and an ISO 9001:2015 certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Huntsville, AL. Ignite upholds our values of integrity, competency, collaboration, innovation, and reliability while delivering superior results through everything we do.

Founded in 2001, Ignite has enjoyed steady growth and has been listed in Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 fastest growing aero-defense service firms. Ignite has a minority-owned Employee-Owned Stock Owner Plan (ESOP). Because of that, Ignite’s corporate growth is rooted in the cultivation and retention of the shared successes found across our entire team.

Come and be a part of something special, apply to be a member of the Ignite team and join us in solving our nation’s most operationally difficult and technically complex challenges!

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