Senior DoD VLF Communications Analyst

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a DoD CIO NMO VLF Subject Matter Expect/Analyst.

Job Summary: Provide expertise and direction to analyze operations, equipment, products and procedures for the National Leadership Command Capability (NLCC), a critical challenge facing the United States. Understand components of NLCC to include Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC2/NC3), Senior Leader Communications and Enduring Constitutional Government (ECG) operations. Act as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Very Low Frequency/Low Frequency (VLF/LF) operations, system performance and equipment modernization , directly supporting the DoD Chief Information Officer NLCC Management Office (DoD CIO NMO) team in the Pentagon.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Assist the DoD CIO NMO with daily management of the NC3 Issues Working Group (NC3 IWG) VLF/LF Working Group (VLF/LF WG). Responsibilities include monitoring the status of current system performance, researching identified issues and preparing associated briefs, making recommendations to DOD CIO NMO government staff on proposed actions and coordinating meetings between various DoD organizations. Additionally, periodically coordinate with other VLF/LF SMEs at JHU/APL to understand current system performance, other VLF/LF work being researched and stay informed on the results of recent NC3 Modeling and Simulation and other studies. In addition, develop and track a recommended VLF/LF Enterprise Modernization Strategy for the DoD VLF/LF system of systems (50%)
  • As the NC3 VLF/LF SME, prepare and/or review draft documents and other products that support the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), Planning, Programming, Budgeting & Execution Process (PPBE), and the Defense Acquisitions System (DAS) and make recommendations to the NMO government staff. Duties may include assisting with: the development of Concepts of Operations (CONOPS); conducting of Capability Based Assessments (CBAs); writing or editing draft Initial Capability Documents (ICDs); and Analysis of Alternative (AoA) studies. In addition, review Service requirement documents (such as Capability Development Documents (CDDs), Capability Production Documents (CPDs) and other documents), monitor the status of VLF/LF system funding issues, and provide recommendations to NMO government staff. (40%)
  • Assist with other activities across multiple NLCC projects and programs and research and understand current issues with respect to the broader NLCC equipment, operations, products, and procedures. Research solutions to identified NLCC issues and provide recommendations to DoD CIO NMO staff (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree with 15 years or more experience in military NC2/NC3 operations, including significant U.S. Navy or U.S Air Force operational experience with both VLF/LF transmitter and receiver systems. Demonstrated mid-grade or senior-level leadership experience and familiarity with strategic communications systems and operational procedures. Ability to effectively engage with both senior military officers and government staff. Ability to do independent technical work. Active TS clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in science, engineering, math, military operations or national security or related field of study. 20-30 years experience in military nuclear operations and applied knowledge of VLF/LF and NC2 communications systems and operational procedures. Joint military operations experience and excellent technical writing and briefing skills. Previous experience and Defense Acquisition University (DAU) certification in JCIDS, PPBE or DAS.

Special Working Conditions: Working in a closed area.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity:Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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