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Job #: R-00026614
Location: Tampa, FL
Category: Policy Analysis
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Top Secret/SCI
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Leidos is actively hiring for an Operational & Analytical Support Analyst to join our team in Tampa, FL.

 The person filling this position will work at the three-star level, Marine Forces, U.S. Central Command (MARCENT) Headquarters as the command’s Special Operations Forces (SOF) and General Purpose Force (GPF) integration representative responsible for the planning of Marine conventional force support to special operations in the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) Area of Responsibility. 

This person will represent the command at USSOCOM and TSOC level planning events to plan for, analyze and assess GPF (conventional) support to SOF efforts. 

This person will support planning on major Operational Plans (OPLANs) particularly focused on counter terrorism (CT) and counter weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) efforts. 

Additionally, the person filling this position will be responsible for coordinating concept development and experimentation/innovation with relevant Headquarters Marine Corps, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Marine Corps University and other responsible Marine Corps commands or departments.  

Primary Responsibilities

Understand the force management process for planning, prioritizing, and designating operations of both Marine and SOF forces

Understand the posture and campaign plans of both SOF and Marine Corps conventional forces in CENTCOM and understand how they fit into Joint Strategic Planning Documents

Track ongoing and emerging efforts between Marine conventional forces and SOF from both the tactical and operational level. This includes the MEU SOF liaison element (SOFLE), SPMAGTF-CC-CR SOFLE, MCEs, and CTF 51/5th MEB

Participate in planning teams to incorporate possible SOF operations opportunities and understand the command relationships of those operations

Serve as the MARCENT liaison to SOCCENT

Analyze Marine Corps conventional force operations and special operations in CENTCOM to track and determine opportunities for support between the two entities

Review Joint and Service level doctrine pertaining to SOF and conventional force integration efforts

Responsible for the command’s contributions to future force development through experimentation, innovation, and capabilities assessments; planning and resourcing of experimentation projects; design and execution of concept based experiments.

Plan, integrate and synchronize the experimentation/innovation efforts of the command with USMC organizations and contribute to the integration of warfighting concepts into experimentation/innovation efforts of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL), CENTCOM J-7/J-8, intergovernmental and multi-national partners.

Provide analysis on all matters relating to Training and Simulation, Modernization and Technology, and War gaming.

Analyze and evaluate experimentation/innovation efforts of subordinate commands.

Develop assessments, briefs, and information papers

Provide Subject Matter Expertise (SME) guidance and recommendations

Support internal MARCENT working groups as needed


Bachelor's degree and 10 years of relevant experience

Active TS/SCI clearance

Current US Passport and ability to travel overseas on short notice.

Command and Staff College complete

Minimum 3 years’ experience at a Service and/or a component/Combatant Command level staff

A thorough understanding of “Componency” as it relates to the inter-relationships between component, combatant command and service headquarters staffs

Possess an understanding of the Global Special Operations System (GSOS) for planning

Possess an understanding of the Global Force Management system and have broad familiarization with both SOF and conventional equipment and capability sets

Experience in DoD planning with an understanding of the Joint and Marine Corps planning processes

Possess a background in Training and Simulation, Modernization and Technology, and/or Wargaming

Minimum 3 years’ experience as a Lead Planner on Service, Combatant Command, or Component Command level planning efforts

Working knowledge of the complex interrelationships between Middle Eastern states, religions, and ethnic groups

Working knowledge of regional US Embassies, SDO/DATT, and USLO structures

Ability to process information, write, and create briefing products for a general officer-level audience

Ability to interact with Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels at a peer level in order to advise and assist them with daily staff functions; and ability and comfort to brief at the executive level (3-4 star)


Master’s Degree and 12 years of relevant experience

Retired or Reserve Lieutenant Colonel or Colonel

Graduate from USMC or equivalent planners’ course (SAW, SAMS, SAAS, MAWS, JAWS) or Top-Level School Complete (War College)

Prior experience serving at MCCDC – MCWL, CDD, JCID

Service on both USCENTCOM and USSOCOM staffs

In-depth understanding of USCENTCOM’s OPLANs and CONPLANs (to include compartmentalized plans, bi-lateral and multi-lateral planning efforts)

Long established interpersonal relationships with regional military leaders and staff members developed through face-to-face engagements

Long established interpersonal relationships with key members of the USCENTCOM and USSOCOM staffs

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:

Top Secret/SCI


Yes, 10% of the time

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Job Family:

Policy Analysis


Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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