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Network Engineer Principal

Job ID: 219005
Location: KAISERSLAUTERN, RP, Germany
Date Posted: Jun 28, 2021
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: Network Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking qualified Network Enginer candidates to support the US Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS) program out of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

AFAMS is the premier agency responsible for implementation, integration, and development of Modeling and Simulation (M&S) and training and analysis standards that support the US Air Force (USAF), Department of Defense (DoD), and mission partners requiring these capabilities to support the Warfighter in full-spectrum operations. As the lead agent for M&S within the USAF, AFAMS gathers requirements, seeks out potential solutions, and integrates legacy and emerging M&S solutions across the USAF and the DoD. The USAF has an M&S initiative that focuses on providing simulation and synthetic training as the critical capability to augment live training, act as an enabler for critical decision-making, and enhance human performance. In the current resource constrained environment, demand for M&S rises with the continuously evolving need for operational readiness and mission preparedness across the USAF, DoD, and with coalition partners. AFAMS focuses on providing innovative M&S services as the key to meeting this demand.

The role of this position is to support the Warrior Preparation Center (WPC) Einsiedlerhof AS, Germany. The Network Engineer will:

  • Manage, operate, and maintain the WPC’s physical networks including; Non-Secure Internet Protocol Network (NIPRNET), Secure Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNET), all Coalition and Exercise networks, commercial Internet, telephone systems, Video Teleconferencing (VTC) systems.
  • Implement network upgrades, system software patching, and security compliance in accordance with Maintenance Task Orders, Information Assurance Vulnerability Management, Air Force Instructions, and WPC policies.
  • Support the Communications Squadron (SC) with required analysis, design, and other acquisition activities related to the WPC networks.
  • Perform field-engineering activities in accordance with project or exercise plans and designs provided by SC.
  • Perform network monitoring, providing operating system (and other software) upgrades for network devices, and performing preventative and corrective maintenance on network equipment.
  • Provide on-the-job training to military and civilian personnel in network operations and maintenance activities.
  • Coordinate with event planners, network management personnel, and end users to ensure firewall rules are functioning properly.
  • Configure all switches and routers into nodes for monitoring and troubleshooting. Perform system configuration and start up configuration backups of all network equipment.
  • Push out network-wide switch configuration changes.
  • Install and update system configurations based on applicable DoD, DISA (including Security Technical Implementation Guide [STIG]), and USAF security guidelines.
  • Configure all networking devices and all network traffic data to be captured in established network management tools such as Solar Winds.
  • Perform daily network checks of key network switches and routers to include:
    • Physical equipment checks
    • Configuration and installation of switches and routers on all networks in their proper rack location
    • Proper labeling of all network equipment for easy identification and troubleshooting
    • Keeping switches and routers up-to-date with latest IOS software to prevent vulnerabilities
    • Troubleshooting all network equipment when connectivity is lost or not operating at full capacity
    • Ensuring all aspects of switch capabilities are configured and operational (e.g., Multicast, Virtual Local Area Networks, Secure Shell)
    • Ensuring configuration of all network devices on all networks for uniformity and strong passwords.
  • Maintain all fiber and copper cables in a uniform manner, including:
    • Labeling cable for identification and troubleshooting
    • Patching fiber connections between buildings to establish network connectivity for all devices on all networks
    • Installing, maintaining, and repairing fiber patches and panels
    • Troubleshooting fiber when network connectivity is lost, intermittent, or not optimal
    • Terminating network cables used at all layers on all networks
    • Maintaining and installing network infrastructure for exercise and permanent party on all networks.
  • Maintain a central management point of control for troubleshooting and monitoring encryption devices; maintain cut sheets with TACLANE configurations for troubleshooting; manage, maintain, and operate all encryption devices on all networks; and troubleshoot encryption devices when network connectivity is lost.
  • Prepare networks for exercises including
    • Adding routes to and from participating partners on corresponding networks
    • Testing networks and network capabilities prior to start of an event
    • Performing data captures of network traffic flow for participants
    • Ensuring capability and data integrity exists for multiple simultaneous events.
  • Maintain firewall and Intrusion Detection Systems.
  • Configure and implement approved PPS rules to support events and exercises. Monitor and troubleshoot applicable firewall rules to facilitate successful event execution.
  • Coordinate with event planners, network management personnel, and end users to ensure firewall rules are functioning properly.
  • Install, maintain and operate VTC Systems; install, maintain and operate audio/visual (A/V) requirements for exercise participants; troubleshoot A/V and VTC Systems; and optimize all A/V Systems in accordance with DISA and Joint Interoperability Test Command policies and procedures.

Maintain virtualized network systems. Install, configure, and maintain all wireless networks to include point-to-point remote microwave link backhaul and cellular networks


Required Experience/Qualifications:

    • Networking personnel must possess a minimum 5 years’ as a Cisco Certified Network Professional
    • Systems Engineers must also possess DoD 8570.1 IAT Level II Certification
    • Waiver of individual experience/qualification requirements will be addressed by WPC on a case-by-case basis and approved by the FEDSIM COR or CO
    • Bachelors and nine (9) years or more experience; Masters and seven (7) years or more experience ; PhD or JD and four (4) years or more experience, or relevant years of experience in lieu of degree
    • Active Secret Clearance

Desired Experience/Qualifications:

    • CISCO ASA, OSPF, BGP, EIGRP, Hyper Converged architecture, VDI, VTC technology


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's modernization and readiness challenges. Our offerings across defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets include high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission outcomes. We integrate the best components from our portfolio with our partner's ecosystem to deliver innovative and effective solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, VA, SAIC has annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For information, visit or Working at SAIC for benefits details. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer empowering people no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and respectful work culture that values all.

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