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Job #: R-00021860
Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
Category: Consult Emp
Schedule (FT/PT): Part Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes
Clearance Required: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Position Summary

Successful candidate will have a thorough surface fire support expertise/background with understanding in Tactical Data Links, specifically Variable Message Format (VMF) to serve as the VMF Test Director for the Joint Fire Support (JFS) Joint Mission Thread (JMT) responsible for the construct and execution of the JFS JMT VMF Laboratory.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assists in the development and review of all associated Service and Coalition system test threads for accuracy, completeness, and analytical rigor. 
  • Assists in the development of the VMF Lab assessment battle rhythm, and ensures all test threads are executed in the allotted assessment phase timeframe. 
  • Conducts test thread rehearsals and leads a team of system analysts during respective system interoperability assessment/test threads. 
  • Assists the JFS JMT Operational Manager in the set-up and teardown of systems assessment laboratory, to include completion of participating system operational and validation tests prior to laboratory execution, and development and implementation of the JFS JMT Network Connectivity Plan.
  • Reviews test thread analytical results to ensure VMF Laboratory Assessment Plan Objectives were met and analytically sound. 
  • Assists in the development of the final technical report to highlight JFS JMT activity results and programmatic deficiency findings. 
  • Provides logical system solution recommendations that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints to address deficiency findings identified during the JFS JMT test thread phase. 
  • Responsible for the VMF Laboratory floor layout, power and cooling, data storage, and lab access management.  Contributes to completion of specific programs and projects related to the overall construct of the JFS JMT assessment/engagement methodology. 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree and 10 + Years of related experience .
  • Knowledge in the implementation of the VMF Tactical Data Links, digital message formatting, and military standards (6016, 6017, 188-220, 2045-47001, etc.).
  • Analysis design and decision support tool background/experience
  • System Test Experience
  • Operational knowledge of Joint Fire Support mission roles
  • Knowledgeable in the implementation of Joint and Coalition VMF fire support systems, such as the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS), Precision Fires-Dismounted System, and Target Handoff System.
  • Knowledgeable in the operation of the Advance Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS)

Desired Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of the Artillery Systems Cooperation Activities (ASCA) message protocol
  • Staff planning experience including interoperability, joint and combined warfare
  • Experience with execution and monitoring of military operations

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Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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