Mission Planning Systems Administrator - Military veterans preferred

General Dynamics Information Technology (www.gdit.com)


  full-time   employee

Cannon Afb
New Mexico
United States

As a Mission Planning Systems Administrator, perform systems administration supporting the operation, maintenance, and installation of Mission Planning Environment (MPE). Provide user support for numerous devices and maintain updated software/hardware configurations.  Responsible for training users on software applications related to flight operations and threat environments.  Be able to troubleshoot MPE and explain solutions to users.  Provide email / phone support (Tier II and Tier III) for mission planning systems deployed worldwide.  Maintain network servers with current imagery and charts.  Provide intuitive solutions for ever changing user support requests. Manage system updates for multiple flight planning systems for various MDS’ on a routine basis.


Candidate must be able to analyze/troubleshoot hardware, software malfunctions, accomplish basic file download, manipulation, installation, and operation, administer networking hardware/software and communications over classified and unclassified government networks, apply computer security procedures and principles and perform trusted data extraction functions. Must be able to effectively communicate, present, and construct technical documentation and deliver technical briefings and training through classroom instruction.

Candidate must have an understanding of Mission-Planning systems’ functions and external interfaces of various databases including system setup and tear-down procedures and software loading. Understanding of aviation mission planning concepts and aircraft performance factors for DoD mission planning/execution/debriefing/rehearsal software such as but not limited to; Portable Flight Planning Software (PFPS), XPLAN, Falcon View, SAMS-ESA, and GIS management tools is desirable.

Candidate must be able to support short-notice unit needs during exercises, daily training, deployments, and real-world contingencies to include traveling with units to deployed locations, providing support/expertise as requested by customers or system program offices. Willingness to attend technical conferences, working groups, site evaluations, platform fielding support events, and other customer driven sustainment and developmental events as required.


  • Maintain installed systems with the most current Special Operations Mission Planning Environment (SOMPE) software configuration
  • Perform initial on site analysis of software and hardware problems found by user
  • Maintain and update Geo-spatial Information Services (GIS) servers with the most current National Geo-spatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) chart and other digital map data
  • Maintain mission planning deployment kits for off-site use
  • Maintain SOMPE fly-away laptops for daily use
  • Perform system and network administrator duties on systems configured in work-groups or domain controlled configurations
  • Support unit needs during exercises, daily training, deployments, and real-world contingencies
  • Conduct platform and one-on-one application use instruction
  • Conduct routine inventories and operational checks on Depot certified MPE systems
  • Produce customized map and imagery loads for users
  • Provide software and system expertise as local site subject matter expert on platform specific Mission Planning Environments (MPE)



  • Possess five (5) years mission planning experience
  • Experience with Special Operations Forces (SOF) using automated mission planning tools in operational environments including the use of threat data, automated intelligence feeds, global positioning system devices
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience using Microsoft Operating Systems, to include Windows 7, Windows Server, Windows Media Server and Geo-spatial Library (GPL) architecture required

  • Experience with mission planning software such as PFPS, SAMS ESA, and / or Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS)

  • Minimum four (4) years mission planning experience preferably in SOF Flying operations

  • Experience with DoD mission planning/execution/brief and debriefing systems, specialized airdrop (e.g. JPADS), cargo or refueling software/systems, administering infrastructure support client and/or server systems both on and off DoD networks desired and/or operational crew experience required

  • Demonstrated experience administering infrastructure support to mainframe and / or client server systems

  • Ability to analyze/troubleshoot hardware, software, and Windows operating systems required

  • Knowledge of networking hardware/software over classified and unclassified government networks required

  • Ability to apply computer security policy, procedures, and protective measures required

Physical Demands

  • Lift over 35 LBS


Work Environment

  • Work environment is administrative office, squadron, flight line and austere locations
  • Must be willing to stagger shifts or work holidays/weekends to meet customer flying/deployment/exercise schedules
  • Must be able to obtain a passport (and relevant visas where applicable) in a timely manner for OCONUS travel requirements
  • Potential short TDY’s in CONUS and OCONUS locations – as needed





  • 5-8 years of directly related experience in systems administration and analysis.
  • Must be able to obtain a TS/SCI clearance


For more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology has served as a trusted provider of information technology, systems engineering, training and professional services to customers across federal, state, and local governments, and in the commercial sector. Over 40,000 GDIT professionals deliver enterprise solutions, manage mission-critical IT programs and provide mission support services worldwide. GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.


  • Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or a related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical certifications or training, or work experience.