Space Capabilities & Technical Integration SME

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:
Top Secret SCI
Job Description:

Parsons has emerged as a leader in the development of cutting-edge solutions for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. Our tremendous success can be attributed to our people and our priorities. We hire the best, we make them a priority and we never lose focus on the mission. It's why we're here. We have built this cultural legacy by working closely with analysts and operators to understand their needs and delivering meaningful value through innovative, cost effective and intuitive software solutions.

Our Space Operations Directorate is passionate about making America the undisputed leader in Space because we understand that ensuring our nation's security for future generations depends on it. Parsons creates game changing space solutions by teaming highly respected subject matter experts with brilliant technologists. Are you a highly analytical systems engineer or aerospace engineer with an immersive background in space? Do you want to be part of a team that is helping the government solve major national security challenges in the space domain? We need your help.

Our team is looking for a Space Capabilities & Technical Integration SME who will support a United States Space Force organization in the development of a comprehensive force design at multiple classification levels on annual basis. The successful candidate will be an exceptional communicator with a strong work ethic, a demonstrated ability to conduct technical trade studies and broad experience in the field of space operational planning and force design.

Job Duties
  • Analyzes Capability Area design options and, on an annual basis, develops a broad and integrated enterprise Force Design and Force Design Guidance that:
    • Incorporates Government leadership intent and national policy;
    • Addresses future National and Joint operational needs;
    • Mitigates/eliminates future threats;
    • Identifies enterprise gaps and prioritizes capability recommendations based on risk-to-mission and risk-to-force assessments;
    • Captures Enterprise level requirements;
    • Is cost effective and is technologically attainable
  • Rapidly assesses potential changes to the Force Design based on emerging threats, future operational needs; game changing technology and partnership opportunities; provides substantive recommendations based on systems engineering and analytic principles
  • Garners insights and identifies shortfalls from complex analyses across the space enterprise. Analyzes modeling and simulation results and provides recommendations on potential improvements to current and future systems. This includes, but is not limited to, shaping assumptions, identifying shortfalls, and providing Force Design recommendations from key studies
  • Explores and analyzes innovative ways to employ new space capabilities in support of the joint warfighting community.
    • Awareness of modeling and simulation (M&S) capabilities and limitations; informs and evaluates M&S/assessments to inform the Force Design
    • Supports the development of Joint Campaign Scenarios and integrates space scenarios into Joint M&S capabilities
    • Maintains OSD scenarios and Joint Force Design drivers
    • Performs trade studies and other forms of analysis to predict performance and to optimize design around complex requirements
    • Support external M&S and analysis activities with the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff (JS), other Combatant Commands (CCMDs), USSF agencies, and Other Government Agencies
  • Identifies future threats to USSF systems and implications on the Force Design based on community assessments
  • Supports the development of operational concepts for the integration of sister Service space capabilities into the Joint Force Design
  • Interacts with Higher Headquarters to compile primary DoD-accepted Joint Scenarios, vignettes, mission threads and assumptions
  • Discovers and documents user capability needs, capability gaps and technology gaps
  • Provides in-depth knowledge of game changing S&T opportunities and limitations; Prioritizes S&T investment recommendations
  • Stays abreast of strategic guidance documents and updates that provide direction and guidance to the Joint Force for planning, programming, and execution of operations. Strategic documentation of interest for the Space Force includes, but is not limited to, the National Defense Strategy (NDS), National Strategy for Space (NSfS), National Military Strategy (NMS), Defense Space Strategy (DSS), Capstone Concept for Joint Operations (CCJO), Joint Operating Concepts, etc.
  • Provides support in preparing the Chief of Space Operations and the Space Staff to interface with others for directing, prioritizing, and aligning Joint Force Development & Design activities and validating joint requirements across the Joint Force, within the strategic framework established in the NDS, NSfS, NMS, DSS, and CCJO

Required Skills
  • STEM Master's Degree (Aerospace or Systems Engineering highly desired)
  • 5+ years RDT&E experience
  • 10+ years in engineering, research or development in RF, Sensor and C2/network and cross-domain solutions (government or industry)
  • 4+ years in Space systems communications experience (highly desired)
  • 5+ years of Commercial Space experience (desired)
  • Space Force Design/Architecture development experience
  • Significant M&S and analysis experience
  • Strong communication skills (technical writing, developing presentations, etc.)
  • Experience with DoD, IC and Commercial Satellite systems in SCI/SAP environment; experience with tactical ground satellite systems
  • Ability to develop and present to SWAC leadership decision quality briefings and papers
  • Demonstrated problem solving/critical thinking in complex and dynamic organizational environments
  • Top Secret/SCI security clearance and Special Access eligibility required
The anticipated annualized full time target compensation (median) for this position is: $185,000.00.Benefits for this position include: medical, dental, vision, paid time off and 401K.Must be able to obtain, maintain and/or currently possess a security clearance.