06 September 2023

Pathbreaking Position! Apply to become 1st Research Professor of China Military Studies at Army War College Strategic Studies Institute’s new China Center!

By bringing cutting-edge insights regarding PRC defense issues in partnership with the Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, you will have a historic opportunity to pioneer a fitting Landpower-focused counterpart that rounds out U.S. Professional Military Education institutions’ leadership in assessing the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to increase understanding, empower American decision-makers & strengthen deterrence in this Decisive Decade of Maximum Danger. And not a moment too soon…

The U.S. Army’s China Institute joins the United States Department of Defense’s joint Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies, the U.S. Navy’s China Maritime Studies Institute & the United States Air Force’s China Aerospace Studies Institute, as well as strong expertise throughout PME institutions.

Having had the honor of a professional lifetime in helping to establish CMSI & to support its subsequent development, I can personally attest that this is an exciting way to contribute creatively to a larger mission of great purpose!

The China Landpower Studies Center will uniquely focus on the study of the PLA Army and ground forces, which are the core of the PLA joint force. The center will also examine a wide range of PRC national policy and strategic issues. The center has two aims: enhance U.S. Army/Joint leaders’ understanding of PRC/PLA strategies, capabilities, and development; and inform development of U.S. policy as well as U.S. Army/Joint strategies.

[Erickson note: The PLA Army (PLAA) has extensive Taiwan scenario roles, chiefly in amphibious, army aviation, and air assault operations. Arguably of greatest significance are its six Amphibious Combined Arms Brigades—four in the Eastern Theater Command (nearest Taiwan), and two in the Southern Theater Command.]



U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)


  • Serve as an expert on U.S.-China military affairs and Chinese defense and military capabilities
  • Conduct and disseminate independent strategic analysis and research that develops recommendations for addressing key regional security objectives, specifically focused on U.S.-China military security issues and U.S. defense (and Army) priorities
  • Provide analysis of emerging strategic threats and opportunities, regional security initiatives, regional security and defense policy, strategy, and concepts, and regional military policy and strategy formulation procedures and systems
  • Perform research, write, and publish SSI studies, journal articles, policy-oriented essays, special reports, books and book chapters
  • Respond to specific requests from the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, the Army Staff, the Joint Staffs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Army-Pacific Command or other elements of the Defense enterprise
  • Regularly engage and coordinate with senior military headquarters and external agencies on behalf of SSI and the USAWC
  • Engage in and potentially lead collective (i.e., study group-based) cross-functional research and analysis (R and A) teams
  • Assist SSI and USAWC leadership in establishing a new research center dedicated to the study of Chinese military affairs and serves as an integral member of this center
  • Assist in organizing SSI and USAWC professional collaboration, conferences, seminars, symposiums, and meetings
  • Contribute to the USAWC educational mission, emphasis on U.S.-China military affairs and Chinese defense and joint military capabilities; teach, lecture, advise fellow faculty, mentor student research, and assist education curriculum development
  • Engage in academic service (internal and external) in support of institutional research and education missions



  • Open & closing dates

    09/07/2023 to 10/23/2023

  • Salary

    $107,657 – $139,302 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    AD 00

  • Location

    1 vacancy in the following location: Carlisle Barracks, PA

  • Remote job


  • Telework eligible

    Yes—as determined by the agency policy.

  • Travel Required

    25% or less – Travel (domestic and/or international) may be required up to 25% of the time.

  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

    Yes—Permanent Change of Station expenses may be authorized at the agency discretion.

  • Appointment type

    Term – 3 years; reappointments at the USAWC are the norm, subject to job performance and availability of funding.

  • Work schedule

    Full-time –

  • Service


  • Promotion potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0101 Social Science

  • Supervisory status


  • Security clearance

    Top Secret

  • Drug test


  • Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

  • Trust determination process

    National security

  • Announcement number


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About the Position:
This is a full-time civilian faculty position as provided under Title 10 USC 4021. Initial appointment may be up to three years, the first of which may be a trial period. The appointment may be renewed in one- to five-year increments. Academic rank and salary will be based on the selectee’s academic credentials, experience, and professional accomplishments; however, the focus is at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

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See “Who May Apply” in the “Qualifications” section for more information on who is eligible to apply for this position.



Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET security clearance.
  • Must comply with the Drug Testing Program requirements (pre-employment testing and random testing after being appointed).
  • Must be available for employment not later than 31 MAR 2024. Earlier arrival and onboarding is welcomed and preferred.


Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


1. Must have relevant career experience, or an advanced degree (Master’s or PhD), in national security studies, international relations, defense studies, history, lndo-Pacific affairs, Asian studies, or a related field.

2. Primary subject-matter expertise should be in Chinese defense and military capabilities or U.S.-China military affairs. Additional expertise in Chinese ground force capabilities specifically is desired. Further expertise in broader Indo-Pacific security affairs and US-Asia defense matters is desired.

3. Record of scholarly and/or applied research and publication, in regional defense or military policy and strategy, history, trans-regional studies (Indo-Pacific; Asia), or related areas.

4. Record of working with interdisciplinary teams to examine strategic issues and conduct rigorous analytical research is desired.

5. Regional language proficiency in Mandarin is preferred.

6. An established record of teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or Senior Service College level is preferred.

7. A record of successful government service involving defense policy and strategy formulation at the regional/strategic level, or non-governmental work of a similar nature and scope, such as with a think tank, academic research institute, or international organization is desired, but not required.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial period may be required.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit https://www.dfas.mil/civilianemployees/civrelo/Civilian-Moving-Expenses-Tax-Deduction/ for more information.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.
  • Must be available for employment not later than 31 MAR 2024. Earlier arrival and onboarding is welcomed and preferred.
  • Must provide official college transcripts, upon request. Unofficial transcripts are suitable for application purposes.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the experience and education requirements listed on this announcement. If you are one of thetop candidates, you may be invited to interview. Depending on the strength of the applicant pool, this process may take several months after the closing date of the job announcement. If selected, you will receive atentative job offer. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


Required Documents

– Letter of application addressing the required KSAs and other qualifications, as listed in the QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED section above.

– Curriculum vitae or r?sum?.

– Academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate level). Unofficial transcripts are required with your application submission. You must provide official college transcripts upon request.

– Personal Letter of Intent (no more than three pages in length). Candidates should emphasize and detail their personal-professional sense of, and methodological approaches to, individual and group-based research and analysis, the applicability of trans-regional and collaborative approaches to fully understand and describe national and global security and defense affairs, and the strategic applications of land-force in the Indo-Pacific region.

– Sample(s) of written scholarship (no more than three examples and not to exceed 50 pages each). Electronic format is preferred, as hard copies will not be returned without a self-addressed and metered envelope.

– Letters of Endorsement (no more than three) from disinterested professional associates (i.e., persons who can affirm the candidate’s qualifications, but have no stake in the outcome of the selection).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on10/23/2023 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12111777).
  • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
  • Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/

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Agency contact information

 Army Applicant Help Desk




Carlisle, PA 17013

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Next steps

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

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