Modeling & Simulation SME - Space Systems (SWAC / FDIO)

  • SAIC, Inc
  • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Jun 16, 2021

Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Modeling & Simulation / Space Systems Engineer SME who will provide Space Capabilities & Technical Integration expertise and support for the Space Warfighting Analysis Center's (SWAC) Force Design Integration Office (FDIO) in Colorado Springs, CO requiring some travel in support of SWAC initiatives and priorities.  Ideal candidate will oversee and provide guidance in multiple space-related capabilities and must be able to understand complex modeling, simulation & analysis and conduct technical trades to create a cohesive, integrated Force Design at multiple classification levels on a recurring basis.

Duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Analyze Capability Area design options, and on an annual basis, develop 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 access potential changes to the Force Design based on emerging threats, future operational needs; game changing technology and partnership opportunities; provide substantive recommendations based on systems engineering and analytic principles.

  • Provide technical expertise to ensure that Force Designs can be successfully implemented; understand hard technical limitations, trade-offs and opportunities with new space system capabilities; identify key dependencies within and outside of USSF Force Designs and Architectures.

  • Garner insights and identify shortfalls from complex analyses across the space enterprise.  Analyze 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.

  • Explore and analyze innovative ways to employ new space capabilities in support of the joint warfighting community.

    • Awareness of modeling and simulation (M&S) capabilities and limitations; inform and evaluate M&S/assessments to inform the Force Design

    • Support the development of Joint Campaign Scenarios and integrate space scenarios into Joint M&S capabilities

    • Maintain OSD scenarios and Joint Force Design drivers

    • Perform 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

  • Identify future threats to USSF systems and implications on the Force Design based on community assessments

  • Support the development of operational concepts for the integration of sister Service space capabilities into the Joint Force Design.

  • Interact with Higher Headquarters to compile primary DoD-accepted Joint Scenarios, vignettes, mission threads and assumptions. 

  • Discover and document user capability needs, capability gaps and technology gaps.

  • Provide in-depth knowledge of game changing S&T opportunities and limitations; Prioritize S&T investment recommendations.

  • Be familiar with strategic guidance documents 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.

  • Support the SWAC in preparing the CSO and the Space Staff to interface with the DMAG, Tri-Chair, Tank/OpsDeps/JCS, FCB/JCB/JROC, and JFDD Integration Board (FDDIB) for directing, prioritizing, and aligning JFDD activities and validating joint requirements across the Joint Force, within the strategic framework established in the NDS, NSfS, NMS, DDS, and CCJO

  • Plan and execute Force Design integration forums


  • Bachelor’s Degree in STEM related discipline and a minimum of 14+ years of relevant systems engineering experience to include the following:
    • Modeling, Simulation & Analysis
    • RDT&E experience
    • Commercial Space experience
    • Space Force Design /  Architecture experience
    • Research or development in RF, Sensor and C2/network and cross-domain solutions (government or industry)
  • 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
  • Strong communication skills (technical writing, developing presentations etc)
  • Requires an active TS/SCI Clearance with Special Access eligibility and willingness to consent to a Poly. US Citizenship is required

 Desired Skills:

  • Master's Degree in Aerospace or Systems Engineering
  • 4+ years in Space systems communication experience

Target salary range: $175,001 - $185,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.