Supporting complex defense missions in Virginia

Powerful things are happening in Dahlgren, VA. An hour south of Washington, DC, Booz Allen’s team of experts work with Department of Defense (DoD) clients to conceptualize, develop, and deploy combat systems, directed energy capabilities, sensor technologies, and data analytics. But the mission-forward work is not the only reason to join us in Dahlgren. We interviewed a few of our Dahlgren teammates about what they enjoy most about their work. Read on for their responses.

1. Future-facing projects that count

The Dahlgren team’s groundbreaking work means our team stays on the leading edge of the industry.

“One of the major contributors to our ability to retain our engineers and analysts is the nature of the work we do. Conceptualizing an idea, seeing it through the entirety of the developmental lifecycle, and then placing it in the hands of the nation’s warfighters provides a level of personal achievement that’s unparalleled,” says James Brenkert, engineering and science team lead and program manager.

From refreshing biometric hardware to engineering services support for high-power radio frequency and laser and electro-optical systems to identifying and resolving electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) on surface combatants, the challenging work is propelled forward by the ingenuity of our talented team.

2. Booz Allen owns their defense client’s missions.

It’s simple for Michael Haxton, program manager and account lead for Joint Warfare Analysis Center. “Someone is safer as a result of the work we’re doing in Dahlgren,” he says.

The work is truly rewarding: our team of analytics professionals, cyber specialists, and engineers support DOD clients to create solutions that directly impact the warfighter.

3. Small-business feel with big-business resources.

While the scale of the work is grand, the team in Dahlgren is down to earth. “We have a small business feel with the benefit of Booz Allen resources across a global enterprise,” says James.

Local engineers and analysts can leverage other teams’ capabilities and weave them into current missions to bolster existing developments, such as new/novel model-based systems engineering (MBSE) and digital engineering, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), and virtual/augmented reality (AR/VR).

Plus, having large-business resources in areas like benefits and human resources, proposal and market support, and a massive library of internal professional development opportunities means the team has everything needed for career development and support.

4. A flexible approach to work and life.

Booz Allen takes a “people-first” approach that emphasizes flexibility. In Dahlgren, the team enjoys a hybrid work model, which allows for a combination of remote and in-person work.

In response to COVID-19, the firm ensured that each person in Dahlgren had what they needed to maintain productivity and work from home as comfortably as possible—including updated hardware and supplies needed for home offices.

Because of this flexibility, Dahlgren employees enjoy the benefits of living near the DC metro area—without the higher cost of living or a challenging commute.

5. Unparalleled career growth.

In Dahlgren, you won’t be filling a role—you’ll be taking the next step in your career. Booz Allen’s growth mindset emphasizes upskilling and reskilling, and there’s an array of resources that make this possible. These include tuition reimbursement, firm-sponsored training, opportunities to show thought leadership through conferences and events, and more.

Dahlgren’s cutting-edge defense work offers specific growth opportunities.

“By virtue of the client spaces we are in direct support of, combined with the true research and development focus they maintain, we’re pushing the boundaries of engineering,” says Jim Potter, principal market lead for Dahlgren.

“The size and breadth of our portfolio allow our workforce to engage in challenging work while pushing new ideas forward. This is what keeps people excited about coming to work at Dahlgren every single day.”

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