Intelligence Officer Technical Exploitation Job

Intelligence Officer

Defense Intelligence Agency – Intelligence Officer (Technical Exploitation) Career

Job ID: 112806
Location: Maryland
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


If you need technical assistance with your application please contact our support center at (202) 231-8000.


This announcement is for external applicants (non-DIA permanent civilian employees) only. All external applicants, to include other agencies’ current federal employees, DIA employees on a temporary/term appointment, DIA military and contractor personnel are eligible to apply if qualified for the position.

All Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Applicants must meet the agency’s conditions of employment, to include, but not limited to, satisfactory completion of an initial special background investigation and periodic reinvestigation, completion of any required medical examination, completion of any required personal interviews, favorable completion of any required initial or periodic polygraph examinations, completion of any required drug testing, satisfactory completion of a two-year Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System trial period, and completion of a civilian mobility agreement.



This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. Selectee(s) may be laterally reassigned, promoted, or asked to accept a voluntary change to the lower grade advertised in the vacancy announcement based on their current (or equivalent) grade and qualifications for the position.


Officers in this Career Field apply scientific methods and technical tradecraft across the full range of intelligence requirements. They support and conduct technical collection including collection planning, execution, exploitation, research and development, processing, reporting, and the development of tradecraft, tactics, techniques, and procedures. Officers conduct technical exploitation including the exploitation of organically and externally collected materials, as well as the exploitation of existing data for novel or innovative uses and undiscovered signatures. Officers are expected to have a broad understanding of the totality of the career field and deep expertise in their specialty. They are expected to collaborate across the intelligence community on tradecraft and within the Science and Technology (S&T) community of National Labs, Industry, and Academia on technical collection and exploitation systems and methods.


Plans and conducts deployed and reach back intelligence processing and exploitation operations on a wide variety of collected material and data and disseminates results via technical and intelligence reports. Conducts forensic analysis of collected and historical technical data to support identity analysis, activity attribution and signature development. Supports technical exploitation-related innovation, integration and engineering.


Serves as an Intelligence Officer (Technical Exploitation) and is responsible for planning, conducting and reporting technical exploitation; supports the overall agency and National Media Exploitation Center’s (NMEC) objectives with regard to intelligence collection and analysis. Provide technical solutions and procedures as a member of the Office of Technical Exploitation (OTE) responsible for exploiting electronic, magnetic and optical digital and analog storage media. Leverage existing intelligence community exploitation capabilities to satisfy both tactical and strategic exploitation requirements. Working closely with, and as a member of, agency field platforms, IO provides both reach-back and “fly-away” exploitation expertise.

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This position is located in Bethesda, Maryland and is with the Directorate for Science & Technology/National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC). This position is a Term Not-To-Exceed (NTE) 13 months unless mission needs warrant a possible extension. This position is responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Participates as an active team member in strategic planning and operational execution of the Center’s technical exploitation operations
  • IO will partner with DoD and Intel Community collection and field elements on related technical exploitation issues. IO will participate in interagency working groups tasked to review issues and prepares technical guidance for multi-INT operations.
  • IO initiates and writes intelligence reports documenting results of technical collection & exploitation activities. Technical reports will be concise, accurate, timely and written for an audience of both technical personnel and intelligence analysts.
  • Plans, coordinate, and integrate support to Combatant and Functional Commands and other DoD components with regard to technical collection & exploitation issues. Maintain continuing liaison with counterpart specialists in the IC and in related governmental, industrial, and educational institutions in order to exploit all possible sources of digital forensic information and to maintain up-to-date knowledge on changes and advances in digital exploitation.
  • IO also conducts research, development, testing and evaluation of digital exploitation methods and procedures to improve technical collection. In this capacity, the IO is part of a team responsible for development of new tools and techniques for field and laboratory extraction of intelligence information from digital storage media or other device based technology.
  • Provides advice and guidance to DoD, IC, CI, LEA, and foreign partner organizations with regard to the use of various digital forensics & technical exploitation techniques to include Media (MEDEX), Cell phone (CELLEX) and other technical exploitation activities and techniques.
  • Researches, reviews, and interprets data in order to develop technical exploitation strategies that address specific threats, targets, and regions. Based upon those assessments, develops and recommends strategies that address the identified problems and concerns.
  • Engages DoD, IC, CI, LEA and foreign partner organizations to ensure NMEC Strategic Direction is accomplished. Actively participates in community working groups, meetings, conferences, and planning sessions involving the forensic functional areas to influence the strategic direction in technology research and investment, collaboration on current and pending programs of common concern.
  • Develops and assesses potential strategies to address shortfalls and gaps in digital exploitation processes and capabilities. Identify meaningful measurements to assess progress and success of technical exploitation strategies. Engage the academic and commercial sectors for technology trending and solutions applicable to the Centers forensic requirements.
  • Continuously pursues methods to improve exploitation efficiency in the examination & operational field environment, to enhance reporting and product quality for maximum information sharing, and to broaden understanding and community awareness of mission and capabilities. Routinely updates leadership on current operations and project status and updates senior leadership as required or in the Chief’s absence.
  • Produces broad and complex intelligence projects or assignments involving intelligence administration, collection, analysis, evaluation, interpretation, dissemination, and/or other intelligence activity for which intelligence knowledge is predominant.
  • Support when required, short term, worldwide, deployments in support of DoD contingency operations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • With no supervision, completes work, meets priorities, and achieved results based on the organization’s goals and objectives
  • Designs solutions that address the complex, sensitive, and multi-faceted issues, thereby maximizing organizational impact
  • Maintains awareness of new and emerging capabilities and applications of technical collection hardware and software.
  • Identifies relationships, trends, and patterns in, or draws conclusions from assembled information using scientific principles, methodology, and statistical analyses.
  • Applies advanced techniques to differentiate between relevant and irrelevant information, and make sound conclusions, and provide guidance to others.


  1. Possesses a degree in Electrical Engineering, Digital Forensics, or Computer Science.
  2. Experience programming in Python, Java, or C++.
  3. Experience conducting MEDEX or CELLEX.


Applications must be received by MIDNIGHT (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


DIA will evaluate your online application to ensure it demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, work experience, and any mandatory education, certification, and/or license requirements, to successfully perform the duties of the advertised position. Failure to respond to the position-related assessment factors or to provide clear examples of claimed experience levels will preclude further consideration of your application.

Applicants must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position at the advertised grade. Such experience is typically in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled.


For each of the following, position-related assessment factors use the drop-down menu to select a response from the choices below (A-E) that best describes your highest level of training and/or experience in performing the task. Responses must be substantiated in your application.

A – Lacks education, training or experience in performing this task
B – Has education/training in performing the task, not yet performed on job
C – Performed this task on the job while monitored by a supervisor or manager
D – Independently performed this task with minimal supervision or oversight
E – Supervised performance/trained others/consulted as an expert for this task


Although not required, applicants are highly encouraged to submit responses to the highly desired assessment factors. DIA uses these factors to help identify and differentiate the best qualified applicants for the position.

For each of the preceding highly desired assessment factors (optional) select “Yes” or “No” from the drop-down menu as your response. Ensure your affirmative responses are supported in the appropriate section of your application.


DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veteran’s Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement.


DIA employees applying for a position in a foreign area must be eligible for assignment to or within the foreign area as noted in DIAI 1404.008, “Foreign Area Tours of Duty.” Employees currently assigned to a foreign area are ineligible for consideration if selection will cause them to exceed the time limitation for foreign area service or, conversely, the employee will not satisfactorily complete their period of obligated service within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement. More than one permanent change of station move within a 12-month period is not considered to be in the interest of the government for the purposes of relocation at Government expense.


May be required to perform duty at other operating locations.


All DIA employees are subject to worldwide deployment to crisis situations and are subject to geographic relocation in accordance with agency guidelines.


Availability for shift work, extended hours, and travel may be required for this position.


Relocation expenses in connection with a permanent change of station may be authorized in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations and at agency discretion.


DIA employees and applicants for employment are protected by federal laws, from discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Employees and applicants are also protected against retaliation. Consistent with federal laws, acts of retaliation against an employee who engages in a protected activity, whistle blowing, or the exercise of any appeal or grievance right provided by law, will not be tolerated.


DIA provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, as appropriate. Please contact our Human Resources Operations Center (HROC) at 202-231-4762 or DSN 428-4762 if you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process.


All DIA employees must participate in the DoD Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer
of Pay (DD/EFT) Program, with net pay deposited directly into the employee’s account of choice at his/hers designated financial institution.


Positions within the agency generally satisfy NSEP service requirements for David L. Boren scholars and fellows. Contact the National Security Board for further details on service requirements (HTTP:\\


Current Federal employees (Non-DIA) must also submit a copy of the SF-50, notification of personnel action, that documents their appointment to or promotion to the highest grade held.


This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies during the next six months.

DoDI 1402.01, “Employment of Retired Members of the Armed Forces,” dated September 9, 2007 restricts the appointment of retired military service members within 180 days of their retirement. All applicant/s selected from this announcement must be ready to report for duty within 30 days of receiving DIA’s final employment offer or the Agency may rescind its offer.”


Supervisors are also responsible for working with agency ethics officials to help resolve conflicts of interest and enforce government ethics laws and regulations, including those requiring certain employees to file financial disclosure reports. In addition, supervisors are responsible, when requested, for assisting agency ethics officials in evaluating potential conflicts of interest and identifying positions subject to financial disclosure requirements. All attorneys in DIA Office of the General Counsel are designated agency ethics officials.
Please be advised that as a supervisor or if you become a supervisor, you are also subject to 5 C.F.R. § 2638.103, Government Ethics Responsibilities of Supervisors. Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials.


Please be advised that as a supervisor or if you become a supervisor, you are also subject to 5 C.F.R. § 2638.103, Government Ethics Responsibilities of Supervisors. Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials.


Applicants with family members who have special needs, as defined by DoD Instruction 1315.19, “The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)”, are encouraged to review Sections 5.2 and 5.3 for information on the requirements of this instruction related applicants for employment with DIA. The availability of medical care and specialized educational requirements for family members with special needs will be determined during the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) medical screening process.