DPAA Historian, Virginia


This position is part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. As a Historian, you will serve under the direction of the Secretary of Defense and the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)), and pursuant to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and the Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory were combined in January 2015, into a single defense agency, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPA)). DPAA is responsible for the accounting of missing person (including locating, recovering and identifying missions persons or their remains after hostilities have ceased). The Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD(P)) is the principal policy and planning advisor and assistant to the Secretary of Defense for all matters that support America’s national security objectives. The Director, DPAA, reports to the USD(P).
The incumbent for this position will set, convey, and enforce standards and procedures for research and case development. Will coordinate the tasking and monitoring of the work of other researchers to ensure all casework conforms to Agency requirements, shepherding all cases through the entire development process, and serving as the subject matter expert and point of contact for area of research. The incumbent must utilize appropriate project management techniques to plan, coordinate, develop, and execute major historical research projects that involve multiple individuals.
Incumbent will be the historical advisor and professional consultant for DPAA conducting historical studies; obtaining, collecting, analyzing, exploiting, and integrating all available historical evidence and information; interpreting military history in the context of U.S. military and civilian personnel; establishing historical facts based upon research conducted; and grouping historical facts along with determining interrelationships to search, recover, and identify unaccounted-for persons from past conflicts. The incumbent will perform complex historical research into casualty resolution and unidentified remains interred in U.S. and foreign cemeteries, and will analyze diverse information gained through research, field investigations, and laboratory analysis, and will recommend courses of action for individual cases.

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