Subject Matter Expert - (Unmanned Systems)

1 month ago(12/11/2017 8:23 AM)
# of Openings


Position: Subject Matter Expert (SME) - Counter Unmanned Systems Support

Location: The Pentagon

Clearance: Top Secret, verifiable in JPAS


This position resides within the Protection Functional Capability Board (P FCB). Joint Force capabilities that counter unmanned systems protects personnel (combatant/non-combatant) and physical assets against the full spectrum of unmanned threats. The Joint Force will achieve this through the scaled and tailored selection and application of multi-layered, active and passive, lethal and non-lethal measures, within the air, ground, surface, sub-surface, and cyber domains, across the Range of Military Operations, based on assessment of an acceptable level of risk. The Joint Force must protect itself starting from point-of-origin, continuing through transit, employment, sustainment, and redeployment. The goal is to prevent adversaries from employing unmanned systems capabilities that would restrict or prevent the Joint Force from conducting decisive actions at a time and place of our choosing.


The Protection FCB requires support in the below functional areas and responsibilities:

  • Defense support of civil authorities
  • Homeland defense
  • Joint Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Defeat Initiatives, including electronic warfare
  • Nuclear weapons security (e. g. in-transit protection)
  • Personnel protection
  • Robotics and unmanned technologies
  • Command and Control
  • Emerging technologies
  • Sensors with the ability to detect and track targets


There is a need to provide analytical support and technical expertise across the unmanned systems domains (air, ground, surface, sub-surface, and cyber). Specifically, this analysis cell shall be capable of conducting required capability evaluations through assessments and studies to support the analytical underpinning for developing and refining issues leading to non-materiel recommendations for JROC review and approval. Members of the analytic cell shall also employ their functional and technical expertise in participating in strategy and planning development, programming, and a variety of feedback avenues.


The SME shall provide Unmanned Systems Subject Matter Expertise and JCIDS subject matter expertise to analyze and assess emerging Joint Capability Areas (JCA) directly related to countering unmanned systems. Provide specific expertise in key portfolio elements of robotics and unmanned technologies, personnel protection (including anti-terrorism/force protection and counter-improvised explosive device), infrastructure protection (facilities and risk mitigation), and homeland defense to assess, identify issues related to, and provide recommendations on capabilities to the JROC, JCB and P FCB.


This includes:

  • Developing, assessing and coordinating Joint Force non-materiel recommendations, and
  • Coordinating and developing Counter Unmanned Systems operational concepts


The following are examples of various Protection FCB tasks:

  • FCB and FCB Working Group support:
    • Provide technical and functional expertise to the FCB Working Groups (Air Missile Defense, CWMD, and Force Protection)
    • Make effective and convincing oral presentations to a wide range audiences at the most senior levels
    • Prepare skillfully Power-Point presentations, narrate point papers, and author executive summaries
    • Assess and analyze required documentation supporting the granting of System Survivability and Force Protection KPPs endorsements.
  • JCIDS Management:
    • Be familiar with the content, dependencies, and status, of capability requirement portfolio(s) for countering unmanned systems
    • Review, analyze, assess, and advise on operational impacts of new or updated JCIDS documents associated with countering unmanned systems
    • Assess programmatic impacts of non-materiel recommendations on new capabilities
  • Support to Other Analyses; Research and Analysis:
    • Provide technical expertise to the applicable Working Group in support of documenting non-materiel recommendations across the DOTmLPF-P domains
    • Maintain currency on past, on-going, and future projects, programs, and analysis in support of the Protection FCB
    • Manage studies in operations research, systems analysis, and system performance. This is fundamentally important as this proficiency relates to assessing System Survivability Key Performance Parameter to include its critical components: Cyber, Space, CBRN, EMS, and environmental aspects.
  • Gatekeeper Support:
    • Provide a “gatekeeper” function to support staffing, adjudicating, briefing, and gaining JROC approval of change recommendations. The “gatekeeper” function is defined as the administrative expert who shall also act as a focal point for scheduling and managing of individual FCB portfolios and activities, including daily interface with JCIDS sponsors
    • Provide support to the DJ-8 directed senior steering groups in support of DOD-wide capability development


Clearance Requirements: 

Must have current Top Secret clearance (based on SSBI completed within the last five years). Clearance must be verifiable in JPAS



  • Retired Field-Grade Officer with a Masters of Science degree from an accredited college or university in the subject matter discipline as identified in a task order, with Command and General Staff College, 


  • Doctorate degree from an accredited university or college in the specific subject matter discipline as identified in the task order, 


  • Masters of Science degree from an accredited college or university in university in the specific subject matter discipline as identified in the task order with a minimum twenty-five (25) years of task related experience.



This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability. 

Per EO 11246, this federal contractor and subcontractor will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants. An exception exists where the employee or applicant makes the disclosure based on information obtained in the course of performing his or her essential job functions.


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed