Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) Planner Job - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

Fort Meade
United States

Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) Planner (Job Number:437371)


SAIC is seeking multiple Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) Planners to work onsite with our customer at Ft. Meade.


- The successful candidate will Communicates complex programmatic cyber planning information, orally and in writing, elicits understanding and support from professional peers and non-specialists.
- Demonstrates broad, expert knowledge of the Command’s Cyber missions, authorities, and capabilities as well as equivalent information regarding the roles and responsibilities of the Command’s external program partners which includes (but not limited to) other DoD commands and agencies, other U.S. Government agencies and key partners.
- Evaluates and conducts development of Cyber Network Operations (CNO) requirements and assists in creating CNO Lines of Operations (LOO).
- The successful candidate must have tactical and operational experience as a staff planner.
- The successful candidate shall draft or edit Operational Plans (OPLANS), Operational Orders (OPORDs), Planning Orders (PLORD), and Fragmentary Orders (FRAGOs), participate in Joint Planning Groups and Operational Teams (JPG/OPT), develop and integrate Department of Defense Information Network and defensive cyberspace capabilities into plans, support action officers with planning, and remain cognizant of missions and priorities.
- The Successful candidate shall review drafts and provide advice and assistance to the Operational Planning Teams and Joint Planning Groups.
- The successful candidate shall review plans to identify expressed or implied missions and responsibilities.
- The successful candidate shall develop concepts of support, courses of action, integrate command and external capabilities, coordinate and document comprehensive plans.
- The successful candidate shall assist in planning, research, and analysis of DoD cyberspace policy, analysis of cyberspace events and operations, provide specialized expertise in such areas as Cyberspace Protection Teams employment, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Analysis, Targeting Process, and Exercise Planning.
- Reports developed by DCO Planner in this section are approximately 20 pages in length (CDRL A005) and occur 20 times per year.
Daily activities include:

1. Provides input to briefings, transitioning concepts to execution and assisting in the coordination of joint operational planning in support of training, combat, and contingency operations.
2. Provides input for the development of cyberspace Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs), Concepts of Operation (CONOPS), Courses of Action (COAs), and other related documents.
3. Provides input to address shortfalls, prioritize, and validate requirements and be prepared to modify development planning efforts based on the changing cyberspace environment.
4. Contributes to the development of exercise scenarios, exercise operational plans, and other required documentation.
5. Conducts research of current and emerging threats to U.S. critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR).



- Minimum of ten (10) years of experience with military cyberspace operations and/or the military planning process and a Bachelor’s degree in an IT related field or a Master's and seven (7) years or more experience. Additional years of experience could be considered in lieu of a degree.
- Or minimum of 3 years of military cyberspace operations
- Must have tactical and operational experience as a staff planner

- Joint Service Officer (JSO) qualification and/or significant experience with Contingency Planning and FIRES integration
- Experience in support of Service, COCOM or JS cyber exercise as a player or planner.
- Ability to develop briefing materials, administrative, and logistics support.
- Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate effectively, including public speaking, and briefing senior officers.
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.


- Candidate must currently possess and be able to maintain TS/SCI w/ Polygraph

SAIC Overview:SAIC is a premier technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC is Redefining Ingenuity through its deep customer and domain knowledge to enable the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex projects. SAICs approximately 15,000 employees are driven by integrity and mission focus to serve customers in the U.S. federal government. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $4.5 billion. For more information, visit For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see My SAIC Benefits. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Job Posting: Jun 13, 2018, 2:20:18 PM
Primary Location: United States-MD-FORT MEADE
Clearance Level Must Currently Possess: Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph
Potential for Teleworking: No
Travel: None
Shift: Day Job
Schedule: Full-time