Principal Military Trainer - Ballistic Missile Defense SMESuffolk, VA

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Northrop Grumman Defense Systems sector (NGDS) is seeking a Principal Military Trainer - Ballistic Missile Defense SME to join our growing team of diverse professionals in Suffolk, Virginia . The selected candidate will serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and Integrated Missile Defense (IMD). The selected candidate will support organization objectives both independently and as part of a team to identify training requirements, author inputs to exercise control documents and operation orders, participate in Joint Exercise Life Cycle (JELC) activities, and serve as a member of the Exercise Control Group (white cell) during exercises.


  • Leverages knowledge of capabilities, limitations, and associated BMD architectures of the Ground Based Missile Defense Patriot Weapon System, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), and the Aegis Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD)

  • Serves as expert in the areas of Missile Defense watch floor procedures, Missile Defense sensors, and the four pillars of Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD)

  • Knowledgeable of operations in an Air Operations Center (AOC), a Control and Reporting Center (CRC), a Maritime Operations Center (MOC), and a Joint Air Operations Center (JAOC)

  • Plans and designs BMD/IMD scenarios and Master Scenario Event List (MSEL) injects for exercises and for providing input to the Theater Missile Operations (TMO) Board and working groups such as the Theater Air and Missile Defense Working Group (AMDWG), the Air Working Group, and the Land Working Group

  • Replicates roles of a Theater Army Air and Missile Defense Coordinator (TAAMDCOORD), an Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Officer (ADAFCO), a Deputy Area Air Defense Commander (DAADC), a Regional Air Defense Commander (RADC)/Sector Air Defense Commanders (SADC), and other Missile Defense specific positions during exercises

Basic Qualifications:

  • One of the following:

  • High school diploma or GED with a minimum of 10 years of professional and/or military leadership experience

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 6 years of professional and/or military leadership experience

  • Master's degree with a minimum of 4 years of professional and/or military leadership experience

  • Must be knowledgeable about Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and Integrated Missile Defense (IMD) and the role they play in Joint Operations

  • Be familiar with the Joint Exercise Life Cycle (JELC), Universal Joint Task List (UJTL) and Master Scenario Event List (MSEL) processes

  • Ability to travel to both CONUS and OCONUS locations in support of the task order (travel requirements 25%)

  • Active U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret security clearance

  • Current U.S. Passport or ability to obtain a Passport

  • Must be able to work on-site in Suffolk, Virginia

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College or Service/agency equivalent

  • Combatant Command or JS J7 Staff experience

  • Service and joint doctrine experience to include combat, combat support, and combat service support operations.

  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills

  • Experience working with and around senior military and government personnel

  • Active Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance

  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office products

Salary Range: $71,400 - $107,000

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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