Strategic Planning, Programming and Cost Analyst - SSDP - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

Colorado Springs
United States



Planning and Programming: 

Applies Air Force military space and cyberspace operations experience, analyzing, developing, and evaluating detailed plans, goals, and objectives for long-range implementation of assigned major command program(s). Programs relate to one or more of the following tactical or strategic areas: Space Situational Awareness & Command and Control; Space Protection; Space Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance; MILSATCOM; Space Position, Navigation & Timing; Space Testing, Training, Tactics & Exercises; Space Launch, Ranges & AF Satellite Control Network Operations; Global Information Grid Operations & Defense; Cyber Counter-Threat; Cyber Integration; Cyber Warfare; to include associated flight and mission operations, Planning, Programming, & Budgeting System (PPBE), acquisition, special operations, contingency, and long-range strategy for the bed-down of new space/cyberspace concepts, tactical and strategic space lift, training, etc.


Resolves day-to-day programming issues as they pertain to programming of the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) (eg, Program Objective Memorandum (POM), Issue Papers, Program Decision Memorandums (PDM), etc.). Develops and recommends modifications to systems and programs around doctrine, tactics, and concepts of operations that track Air Force, OSD, and joint planning documents. Promotes interchange of information on requirements, capabilities, deficiencies, and technology applications in the area of specialization. Analyzes problems discovered in prior studies or actual operations and advises Division Chief on the feasibility of different approaches which provide a basis for better planning of operations.


Documents planning and programming decisions/recommendations in appropriate formats to meet Air Force and Major Command requirements. Identifies non-standard or emerging operational requirements, assesses impact on assigned programs, and develops recommendations. Analyzes problems created by the incompatibility of future programs and initiates corrective action.  Coordinates with appropriate staff offices to ensure that all major areas of concern are covered by planning and programming documents.  Actively participates in strategic planning to improve organizational direction and focus using strategic planning tools and techniques. Prepares detailed plans, budgets, and schedules for assigned major programs and/or participates with management in fiscal planning. Responsible for integrating requirements into the annual fiscal programs, e.g., POM. Provides support and advice on reprogramming of funds and funding levels due to manpower or other changes. Assists the organization by evaluating modifications to existing plans in response to changing environments.



Executes SSDP cost analysis taskings.  Specific duties include developing high-level cost estimates in support of the POM, Issue Papers, PDMs, and other cost estimating taskings as required (eg, Studies, AoAs, etc).  Reviews mission partner cost estimates in support of the POM, Issue Papers, PDMs, and other cost analysis taskings (eg, Studies, AoAs, etc).  Extracts and organizes cost data under general direction from the Division Chief, conducting mathematical analysis of program information, and assisting other analysts in the collection, development and implementation of cost related information.  Aids in the development and execution of cost estimating models in support of cost estimate development/reviews.   Uses standard cost estimating computer software (eg, Excel, ACEIT, etc), extracting and manipulating data used in operations research for cost estimating and analysis tasks. Participates in interpretation of results to highlight trends, accomplishments, deficiencies and other desired indicators. Keeps the Division Chief apprised of potential problems and significant conditions that may affect the completion and/or schedule of any assigned projects, analyses, etc. Participates in preparation of documentation. Assists in drafting basic narrative content, organizing integration of text and charts of figures, maintains computerized record of documentation, and observes publications of a complete documentation set in support of an estimate or analysis.


Prepares and delivers oral presentations such as briefings, training sessions, consultations, and strategy sessions with other staff service functions and activities to secure cooperation, resolve controversial matters, and convey information relative to proposed changes in assigned program(s). Develops and prepares a variety of correspondence and other documentation, i.e., formal letters, position papers, reports, staff studies, staff summary packages, briefings, charts, bullet background papers, etc.


TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and ten (10) years or more of related experience; Masters and eight (8) years or more experience ; 


  1. 10+ years’ experience with AF space capabilities.

  2. 5+ years’ experience with POM development and the PPBE process.

  3. Must be able to obtain a TS/SCI and higher level clearances, as required.

  4. Position may include additional program security requirements in order to fully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. If so, incumbent must be willing to submit to a Counter Intelligence Polygraph and mandatory drug testing.

  5. Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.

  6. Incumbent may be required to work overtime on an unscheduled or emergency basis.

  7. Experience with eight of the fifteen following areas:  Space Situational Awareness; Command and Control; Defensive Space Control; Offensive Space Control; Space Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance; MILSATCOM; Missile Warning; Space Position, Navigation & Timing (PNT); Space Testing, Training, Tactics & Exercises; Space Launch, Ranges & AF Satellite Control Network Operations; Global Information Grid Operations & Defense; Cyber CounterThreat; Cyber Integration; Cyber Warfare.

  8. Proven ability to independently execute and accomplish tasks across a Headquarters staff.

  9. Ability to develop and present to SSDP leadership decision quality briefings and papers.

  10. Ability to interface with senior government leadership.

  11. Demonstrated problem solving/critical thinking in complex and dynamic organizational environments.

  12. Be an active participant in a team environment, able to work collaboratively as well as independently.

  13. Ability to work in a dynamic environment with a diverse group of individuals focused on the accomplishment of common objectives.

  14. Knowledge of Program Management concepts and experience implementing them in real-world situations (within a Space Program Office or MAJCOM highly desired).

  15. Must have knowledge of HQ AFSPC (mandatory) and NRO (highly desired) organizations and operating processes.

  16. Must be proficient in Security processes/procedures (e.g., document marking/handling, generating and transmitting classified visit requests).

  17. Knowledge of how to work in a classified and compartmented working environment is required.

  18. Experience with working in special access program and special access required environments (Highly Desired).

  19. Understanding how the cyber elements of the Space mission affect investigations into defeat of adversary or support Blue forces (highly desired).

  20. Current understanding and working knowledge of National Security Space systems/ architectures and Service Space systems/architectures (highly desired)

  21. Knowledge of the Department of Defense Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System (PPBS) and policy, procedures, and schedules for developing Program Objectives Memoranda (POM), Budget Estimate Submissions (BES) and Financial Plans in support of major war, mobilization, and other contingency and operational plans (highly desired).

  22. Develops budget forecasts, cost projections, financial exhibits, unfunded requirements justifications, POM narratives, offsets and disconnects, reclamas, and issue papers (highly desired).

  23. Knowledge of the relationship of the various military entities involved in overall planning and execution of military operations and evaluations and the methods in which the PPBS process supports them (highly desired).

  24. Basic knowledge of a wide range of methods and techniques used in cost, economic and operations research analysis and possession of analytical abilities; quantitative techniques and methods used to develop, adapt, modify and apply models to resolve problems or define and clarify alternative solutions; especially for weapon systems.

  25. Basic ability to develop and utilize appropriate data and estimating relationships.

  26. Basic ability to understand the use of model and estimating relationships.

  27. Basic ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques and design, build, and use models and simulation techniques.

  28. College degree, which includes at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following is required: operations research, mathematics, statistics, mathematical logic, science, and other subject matter courses which require substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics.

  29. Familiarity/experience with cost estimating software (eg, Excel, ACEIT, SEER, COCOMO, USCM, etc).