Under the direction of the Secretary of Defense, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (USD)P)), and pursuant to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by Congress, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory were combined into a single agency with the complete oversight of the entire process of the investigation and recovery of missing persons.
Your typical work assignments may include the following:
- Serve as forensic anthropologist providing professional, scientific leadership to a team engaged in forensic and biological anthropological studies and investigations leading to establishing the medico-legal identity of skeletal remains.
- Program leader for overseeing and performing forensic recoveries of missing U.S. Service Personnel using forensic and archaeological techniques.
- Correlate investigative evidence with laboratory findings to achieve identification of casualties in accordance with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Laboratory standards.
- Maintain a continuous liaison with other OSD agencies, other service headquarters counterparts, and DoD offices to integrate Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency plans with other agencies.
- Provide quality control services and control reviews to DPAA of identification determinations completed by laboratory teams prior to presentation of findings to external expert consultants, Agency leadership, and files of missing U.S. Service personnel.