Location: Virginia Beach, VA
The Defense Systems Customer Group currently has a career opportunity for a qualified former AEGIS Operations Specialist who deployed on board a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)-configured AEGIS ship, to provide support to the U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) Ballistic Missile Defense Exercise (BMDEX) training program. The qualified candidate will provide direct assistance to Commander, Carrier Strike Group FOUR (CSG 4) and Tactical Training Group, Atlantic (TTGL) as a Training subject matter expert (SME) for the development, implementation, execution and assessment of the training program and requirements to support BMDEX. The candidate must be knowledgeable in Tactical Data Links (TDL) and Global Command and Control System (GCCS) operations and have stood watch on an AEGIS BMD ship or with an AEGIS Ashore watch team as a Tactical Information Coordinator (TIC).
Training SMEs are highly-skilled persons with knowledge gained over years of experience at senior levels. They promote greater information sharing for staffs and stakeholders. They provide realistic as well as reliable, consistent support and well-developed recommendations to various audiences in training and real world events. They will maintain the integrity of the training objectives, and maintain a knowledge base that is consistent with the requirements that cover the full spectrum of the listed Functional Area duties. SMEs serve as the catalyst for developing and evaluating requirements. They provide the expertise and insight to support programs and leaders at all levels, including very senior levels, civilian and military sectors.
The ideal candidate for this position is a U.S. Navy Operations Specialist with TIC/TDL experience and at least one recent tour of duty on a BMD-configured AEGIS CG/DDG or AEGIS Ashore watch team, as well as experience as a Joint Semi-Automated Forces (JSAF) operator. In addition, he/she will have excellent public speaking, presentation, and time management skills, as well as at least six years of applicable Training SME experience in:
Conducting fleet training analyses to identify gaps, training needs, and solutions
Developing and modifying training event/exercise scenarios and curricula
Managing training projects
Designing custom training to meet Fleet and Joint training objectives
Specific Functional Area duties include:
Provide subject advice and expertise on evolving defensive systems and ensure that the BMDEX program is aligned with USN warfare training system processes, Navy Warfare Training System (NWTS) processes and the Fleet Training Continuum (FTC).
Develop lessons learned from exercise results including assessment of Navy Mission Essential Tasks (NMET) and provide these findings to the Government following the completion of each event.
Assist in the development, review and delivery of expert academic and operational instruction in BMD systems, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP), doctrine and best practices to fleet personnel. This may include hardware and software configuration. This instruction also includes academic and synthetic training provided to Aegis Ashore teams that deploy to locations within the EUCOM AOR. This instruction may periodically involve travel.
Assist with BMD/FST coordination, execution and scenario development and integration of live, virtual and constructive (LVC) simulations into representative real world scenarios. Provide expert knowledge of the Joint Warfare Training System (JWTS), joint training team (JTT), NWTS and NMETs.
Provide government representatives/stakeholders with assistance in establishing network and live RF communications; joint satellite communications, including EHF, SHF and UHF procedures; strike group, and shipboard communications procedures; Navy and joint communication architectures and procedures supporting TADIL link, both live and networked including multi-TADIL- J, Air Defense Systems Integrator (ADSI) and other associated systems. Provide basic system administration functions for required systems to include ADSI, Gateway Manager and Network System Integration and Test Environment (NSITE).
Bachelor of Arts or Science degree 4 additional years in lieu of degree
U.S. citizen with Secret clearance and the ability to obtain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
Active military duty experience as an Operations Specialist on an AEGIS BMD ship, knowledgeable in TDL operations, and experience with GCCS.
Six (6) years of general training analyst and functional area experience with BMD requirements (see detailed tasks above), specializing in maritime force capabilities.
Must possess proven written and verbal communication skills at the junior management and senior executive level, and be able to act independently.
Must be willing to travel overseas and in CONUS up to 10 percent of the time.
Five (5) years’ experience at the instructor/evaluator level on a strike group or Numbered Fleet Command staff or equivalent DoD staff involving synthetic BMD mission planning and execution.
Two (2) years as a JSAF operator.
Familiarity and solid understanding of the Navy Composite Warfare Commander (CWC) concept with strong knowledge of air defense, BMD, and Navy strike warfare.
Significant experience with FST and BMDEX utilizing the Navy Continuous Training Environment (NCTE) to conduct scenario development and integration of Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) capabilities into a realistic training environment.
Recent experience in joint and naval exercises, war gaming, and exercise/event planning.
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