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Fighter Pilot SME - 5896

Date: Sep 10, 2022

Location: Des Moines, IA, Iowa, United States

Company: HII's Mission Technologies division

Requisition Number: 5896 

Required Travel: 0 - 10%

Employment Type: Full Time/Salaried/Exempt

Hours Per Week: 40 

Security Clearance: Secret 

Level of Experience: Mid 


HII Mission Technologies is looking for a Fighter Pilot or Weapons System Officer (WSO) Subject Matter Expert (SME) supporting the Air National Guard (ANG) Operational Training Support (OTS). The location will be the Distributed Training Operations Center (DTOC) in Des Moines, IA.

The qualified candidate's primary role is to support daily Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) training events Monday – Friday and the occasional ANG Drill weekend.

What you will do

Provide operational and tactical level experience in integrated employment of DTOC core missions, with specific expertise in fighter employment and fighter integration. Expertise in sister service core missions may be appropriate and requested for training joint customers. Duties include, but are not limited to 

  • Provide subject matter expertise to support DMO Operational Training events
  • Conduct mission briefing, execution and debriefing and post mission documentation
  • Coordinate with Network Operations Center (NOC) personnel for Event Control Center (ECC) set-up
  • Report issues related to stimulation software applications and provide basic trouble shooting support.
  • When not directly supporting DMO events, other duties include:
    • Attend scheduled academics, meetings, and other training.
    • Provide academic support (briefings, instruction, etc.) as coordinated with DTOC Training Coordinator. 
    • Support other Operational Testing & Training Infrastructure activities defined by the Government

What we are looking for

10 years relevant experience with Bachelors in related field; or 8 years relevant experience with Masters in related field.

  • Current or previous fighter aircraft pilot or weapons system operator with current (within the last five years) robust air-to-air background.
  • Current or previous Instructor or evaluator.
  • Minimum five years operational air-to-air experience.
  • Secret Clearance with the ability to upgrade TS/SCI and SAP/SAR


Preferred: Bonus Points For...

  • Three years’ experience conducting training in a DMO environment
  • Current or previous USAF Fighter Weapons School or Top Gun Graduate
  • Knowledgeable in 5th Gen fighter employment to incorporate into daily customer mission catalogs and part of SME academics program.
  • Experience with environment generator software to include Next Generation Threat System (NGTS) and Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE)
  • Top Secret Security Clearance

Physical Requirements

Job performance will normally require only minor lifting and carrying of boxes of records or equipment.

This opportunity resides with Live, Virtual, Constructive Solutions, a business group within Mission Technologies, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. As a trusted partner to our military customers, we design, develop and operate systems that bring together service members from across the globe to help you train like you fight, because we understand that preparation requires full coordination—not readiness in piece parts.

HII is a global engineering and defense technologies provider. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable a networked, all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, please visit:

Huntington Ingalls Industries is an Equal Opportunity/Vets and Disabled Employer. U.S. Citizenship may be required for certain positions.