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ISR Capabilities Analyst, Arlington, VA US ID#16211

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) is a versatile, tribally owned 8(a), SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CNSP has expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines, including global vulnerability assessment, information assurance, intelligence operations, program management and professional services with partners in Information Technology. CNSP is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow.

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CNSP is looking for a Battlespace Awareness (BA) Capability Portfolio Management (CPM) Support – ISR Capabilities Analyst to support the Joint Staff / J28 and Deputy Directorate for Battlespace Awareness (BA) missions to provide Secretary of Defense (SecDef), Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), Combatant Commanders, and the Joint Staff (JS) with national-level military intelligence products and future capability development.  Capitalizing on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) experience and expertise to ensure current and future Department of Defense (DOD) and Intelligence Community (IC) capabilities support warfighter BA requirements. Support the BA Functional Capabilities Board (BA FCB) with subject matter expertise and experience to enable J28 and the BA FCB to accomplish assigned missions. Provide analytical and assessment support to develop and sustain the BA capability portfolio. CPM Support personnel will identify, track, and monitor BA portfolio programs and provide recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of BA Capability Portfolio Management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical expertise to the JS/J281 Capability Portfolio Management.
  • Analyze current ISR capability and capacity in the context of operational requirements in order to make a validation recommendation to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC)
  • Analyze Joint and combined DOD information system capabilities and make recommendations on how to integrate them with IC and Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE) systems
  • Review JCIDS, acquisition and PPBE documentation and make recommendations on programs within or impacting the DOD
  • Assess and analyze JCIDS, IC Capability Requirements (ICCR), and other programmatic documents to provide validation recommendations on CCMD, Service, and Combat Support Agencies (CSA) identified capability requirements and program decisions
  • Assess potential ways to mitigate validated gaps to inform investment recommendations to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC)
  • Advise leadership and customers on statutes, regulations, directives, procedures and guidance impacting validated joint warfighter capability requirements and congressional appropriations actions
  • Brief and advise senior leaders, management and individual staff members on areas of expertise to inform recommendations and decisions
  • Analyze and assess BA capability portfolio programs and provide recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of BA Capability Portfolio Management
  • Review Service, Joint, and Agency requirements, policies, Concepts of Operations (CONOPS), standards, and business processes for impact on JS J2 equities, the IC, and operational users.
  • Prepare responses for government release within assigned portfolio
  • Familiar with Joint Urgent Operational Need Statements and Joint Emergent Operational Need Statements (JUON/JEONs) articulated by combatant commands (CCMDs), Services (i.e., Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps), Combat Support Agencies (CSAs), and operational commanders
  • Support internal/external assessments of DIE requirements, to include integration and interoperability goals and objectives
  • Support JS Directorates in various DOD and IC communities of interest (COIs) or forums matching requirements and capability needs to documented ISR gaps and deficiencies
  • Identify, track, and monitor BA portfolio programs and provide recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of BA Capability Portfolio
  • Support resolution of Joint Staff Action Packages (JSAPs), DIA electronic tasks (eTasks), and other tasking as required

Supervisory/Management Authority:

  • This position will not have supervisory or management authority

Education and/or Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s of Science degree in a related subject matter is required
  • A minimum of ten (10) years' related experience working on or with the Dept. of Defense (DoD)
  • Possess direct experience with or knowledge of Land-Based ISR sensor systems and TCPED architectures such as:
    • Multi-domain Operations
    • DCGS-A / DCGS-MC
    • TENCAP systems
    • Biometrics
    • DOMEX
    • UGS
    • Electronic Warfare
    • Army Common Operating Environment
    • Sensor interoperability exercises
  • Working-level knowledge of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction (CJCSI) 5123.01, Joint Requirements Oversight Council  (JROC) Charter and implementation of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS)
  • Provide comprehensive expert reviews of JCIDS, acquisition, and PPBE documentation and recommendations on programs within or impacting the DoD

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Skillful in performing capability requirements analysis on a daily basis and preparing products
  • Proficient in writing, coordinating, and publishing reports and assessments related to joint capability development of ISR capability requirements at the executive level
  • Highly capable in research techniques with respect to available DOD, acquisition, Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation (RDT&E) and IC databases and resources to perform capability requirements analysis.
  • Skilled at using Windows based desktop computers and MS Professional Suite of applications, specifically, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint
  • Excellent critical thinking and communication skills: both oral & written are required
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status required
  • Ability to successfully pass a drug screening test and federal background check
  • An ACTIVE Top Secret Clearance is required (TS/SCI)

Work Environment:

  • This position is performed in a secured federal office setting

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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