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China Functional SME  

Category Other  

Position Location: Washington, D.C.

Telework/Work-from-Home Authorized: No

Who You’ll Report To: This position will report directly to the Sawdey Director of Operations but take daily guidance from the on-site task lead for this contract.

The Work You’ll be Doing:

The China Functional SME will be assisting in developing, fact-finding and providing advice, opinions, and recommendations on the national security strategy development and execution process by Combatant Commands, the Military Services, Allies/Coalition members, and the interagency community; strategic and operational concept development with particular attention to air, space and cyber power, the use of war gaming techniques to effect transformation of the Air Force, and the design, development and execution of strategic and operational war games, related seminars and workshops.

Additional Responsibilities Include, but are not Limited To:

  • Developing, coordinating, and advising on the implementation of policies to provide air, space, and cyberspace power expertise supporting the CSAF, AF/A3 and Numbered Air Force (NAF) Air Component Commander and Staffs, focused on the near-term time horizon (0-24 months) and current operational challenges.
  • Advising the Joint Staff (JS) and Combatant Commanders (CCDRs) during operational planning and analysis to provide optimal recommendations for the employment of AF capabilities against operational challenges associated with China.
  • Recommending the actions necessary to support a variety of major missions and operational plans associated with China and Southeast Asia.
  • Applying SME level analytical skills in recommending required actions for a variety of major missions and operations plans relating to China and Southeast Asia.
  • Assisting with proposal development, if necessary.
  • Performing other duties, as assigned.


  • Ten (10) years of combined federal [DoD or Department of State (DoS)] experience with five (5) years total experience at MAJCOM, HAF or JS/CCMD J2/3/5/8.
  • Shall possess multiple in-country experience working Chinese and Southeastern Asia PolMil issues with allies or partner nations in one or more of the following fields – Security Cooperation, Defense Policy, Alliance Management, Ministry of Defense or Joint Staff Liaison, Force Development or Burden Sharing.


  • Bachelor degree from an accredited university or equivalent service academy is required.
    • A Master’s or Doctorate degree desired

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Shall have attendance and/or course completion certification and/or work experience in Chinese Security Studies.

Other Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Air Staff and Joint administrative procedures and be able to address programming, planning, budgeting, policy, and warfighting operational implications.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with customer and fulfill all duties and responsibilities as listed in the contract.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite including, but not limited to: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.

Security Clearance:

  • Top Secret with SCI and SAP/SAR.

US Citizenship: This position supports a U.S. Government Contract whose terms require Sawdey Solution Services to staff it only with U.S. Citizens.

Benefits at Sawdey Solution Services:

At Sawdey Solution Services, we offer an extensive benefits package. Our employee-focused benefits for full-time employees include:

  • Vibrant Company Culture: Become an integral part of our positive, encouraging, and uplifting team culture; we are all on this mission together!
  • Healthy Work-Life Balance: We place a strong emphasis on work-life balance; we don’t just ‘talk the talk’ in terms of work-life balance, we ‘walk the walk’! We not only support, but highly encourage, prioritizing your health and well-being.
  • Competitive Compensation Package: Competitive rates with comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits for you, your spouse, and your dependents.
    • Health Saving Account (HSA) with employer contributions.
    • Dependent-care Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
    • Competitive Paid Time Off (PTO) and Federal Holiday Observance.
    • Immediately vested 401 (k) with employer matching.
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
    • Employee Referral program with compensated referrals!
    • Additional benefits offered.
  • Grow With Us: We offer a paid Training and Tuition reimbursement program to help you advance and excel in your career. We also offer an employee mentorship program and prioritize internal promotions and success.

Sawdey Solution Services firmly believes in our employees and advocates an environment to promote from within, which serves to boost morale while keeping high performers engaged and challenged. We also place the utmost importance on team building and collaboration in a remote environment. To promote these beliefs, you will also find additional benefits and programs that will enrich your career here at Sawdey Solution Services:

  • Wellness Challenges.
  • Focus on internal career advancement and growth.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Requisition Category Active  
Req Number OTH-24-00001  
Location Washington, DC  
About the Organization Here at Sawdey Solution Services, an ISO 9001-14001 certified and CMMI-SVC v2 Level 3 appraised corporation, has built a nationwide and global footprint as a leading government contracting organization. Specializing in cybersecurity, systems engineering, and operational support, Sawdey invites you to be a part of a team that's at the forefront of securing our nation. Operating successfully since 2001, we are a Woman Owned/Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business (WOSB/SDVOSB). Our mission is to provide employees with the best experience in a people focused, continuous process improvement environment. We are extremely proud of the culture we have created and encourage all prospective applicants to take a look at what other applicants and employees are saying about us:

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EOE Statement We are a Disabled-Veterans-41 CFR 60 1.4, Equal Opportunity Employer. Devoted to creating a diverse and friendly workplace, we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, physical or mental disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, or veteran status. Our goals and beliefs are that diverse backgrounds and experiences empower and enable us to offer our customers an unmatched level of service. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply!  

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