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Operation Planning Team Lead

Job ID: 2303591
Location: PEARL CITY, HI, United States
Date Posted: Mar 15, 2023
Category: Defense/Intel
Subcategory: Military Operations
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is currently seeking an Operational Planning Team (OPT) Lead to guide the persistent Joint Operational Planning Process (JOPP) in development and maintenance of a joint training and exercise campaign required in the USINDOPACOM J71, Plans and Program Branch, located on Camp H.M. Smith in Oahu, Hawaii.   

Job Responsibilities:

  • OPT Lead will guide a team of professionals in continual development and refinement of a campaign plan intended to integrate national and multinational objectives through joint training and exercises.
  • Create solutions to complex problems and apply operational art in an uncertain geostrategic security environment to design a campaign that will inform the USINDOPACOM joint exercise Joint Event Life Cycles (JELC).
  • Quickly and critically assess a situation, determine the essence of a problem, fashion a suitable response, and concisely communicate the conclusion in oral, written, and visual forms
  • Apply the competence, confidence, character, and creativity required to lead complex planning efforts at a Geographic Combatant Command Headquarters.
  • Create, design, plan, and implement adaptive concepts to meet current and future challenges while maintaining consistent communications with the Branch Chief to ensure efforts are aligned with the Commander and well-coordinated with the staff. ·
  • Work with military, civilian and contractor personnel on a daily basis.
  • Brief Flag Officers, General Officers, and other Senior Leaders on Joint Exercise related events.
  • Coordinate, synchronize, and communicate with the Joint Staff J7, other Combatant/Functional Commands, and service components.
  • Work and maintain appropriate OPSEC conditions at multiple levels.
  • Inform the development of wargames and senior leader seminars, craft executive level briefs or point papers, and carry out additional duties in support of aligning joint exercises with deliberate plans.
  • Perform such other duties as directed by J71 and J7 T&E Leadership.


Required Education:

Bachelors and ten (10) years or more of related experience; Masters and eight (8) years or more experience; PhD or JD and five (5) years or more experience; four (4) years of related experience considered in lieu of degree. 


  • Formal military training from a Senior Service College an advanced planners course (e.g. Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS), School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations (DMSPOP) in order to demonstrate a mastery of the fundamentals of joint operations, operational art, operational design, and the relationship of operational art to strategy including firm knowledge of strategic context.
  • Demonstrated excellence as a planning team lead, able to conduct Crisis Action Planning and Deliberate Planning across the range of joint military operations with experience writing associated plans and orders.
  • Must have requisite knowledge of the organization and functions of a military operational headquarters staff so as to build cohesive and well-trained planning teams in order to foster effective collaborative relationships and trust among diverse organizations and individuals.
  • Will be expected to analyze, understand, and apply the JOPP and Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) to create plans, orders, and staff estimates at the operational level of war throughout the range of military operations. · Fully Joint Qualified (3L identifier or service equivalent) with knowledge of the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff’s Joint Training System (JTS) policy and procedures.
  • Knowledge of general business software and an aptitude for learning new applications.
  • 3 years or more experience on a Combatant Command or Service component staff, preferably in the Indo-Pacific AOR. 


Candidates must have an active Secret clearance with the ability to obtain a TS/SCI clearance. 

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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