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National Cyber Exercise and Planner-1055

Date: Mar 25, 2021

Location: Arlington, VA, US, 22202

Company: HII's TSD

A division of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Job Description

Come join our Cyber and Intelligence team!  Our cyber professionals are defining the future of cybersecurity, providing the most effective prevention, detection, and responses to the broad spectrum and constant evolution of threat actors.  Our experts provide actionable, timely intelligence that protects our nation from adversaries intent on disrupting our freedoms and harming our nation. Together, we are an integral part of an important mission -- we go to work every day with the knowledge and pride that our accomplishments make a difference.


HII- Technical Solutions Division (TSD) is looking to hire a National Cyber Exercise and Planner in their Arlington location to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).


This position is focused on cyber security readiness, protection and incident response capabilities by developing, designing and conducting cyber exercises and workshops leading to the development of cyber incident planning artifacts for government and private industry.  The role may involve managing cyber security exercise planning professionals of all experience levels.


This position leads a team that supports all exercise types including seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises, drills, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises.  Major activities include CYBER STORM, which is a large, biennial, multi-day full-scale exercise that crosses all of the stakeholder groups and incorporates multiple cabinet-level departments, numerous states and countries, as well as several private sector companies.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Provide Team Leadership and SME support to DHS through the new 2020 National Cyber Exercise and Planning Program (NCEPP) doctrine and guiding principles of Program Management, Design and Development, Conduct Evaluation, and Improvement Planning. This includes supporting the NCEPP development of operational capabilities, coordination, and cooperation mechanisms, public-private interoperability and emergency preparedness plans and capabilities across each of five stakeholder constituencies—federal, SLTT (state & territories), DHS internal, private sector, and international.
  • Assist the Program Manager and Deputy for assuring that the work of assigned team is carried out by performing a range of coordinating and supportive duties and responsibilities. And providing and applying a variety of coordinating, coaching, facilitating, consensus-building and planning techniques which enable the team as a whole to deliver improved quality, quantity and timely services and/or work products to their customers.
  • Provide full-spectrum cyberspace operations, Information Warfare, Law Enforcement, Intelligence Community integrations advice and planning support to government leads and all NCEPP planners. This includes all exercise planning processes of developing objectives, exercise designing, scenario developing, developing checklists, developing multi-media presentations, developing measures of effectiveness/performance, creating exercise artifacts, executing cyber exercises and workshops of various sizes.  This also includes the coordinating and documenting of after actions reviews/report, findings and lessons learned that leads to iterative improvements in such areas such as developing of cyber incident planning documents and other key cyber security documents and processes.
  • Support government’s related National Initiative Cybersecurity Education (NICE) related to DHS.
  • Collaborate with SMEs as required within the DOD (USCYBERCOM/DISA), Law Enforcement (FBI, Secret Service, etc), and Intelligence Community (NSA, ODNI’s Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), and all other government and private sector stake holders as appropriate.    
  • Provide cyber subject matter expertise on DOD’s Joint Training System (JTS) and its Joint Event Life Cycle (JELC) exercise planning and execution and how to integrate within the DHS HSEEP processes for applicable integrated exercises. Support planning, coordinating, and deconfliction throughout the JELC with DOD services as needed.   
  • Exercises may include but are not limited to, CYBER STORM, NATIONAL LEVEL EXERCISE, CYBER GUARD, CYBER FLAG, GRIDEX, GLOBAL LIGHTNING, GLOBAL THUNDER, VIGILANT SHIELD, ARDENT SENTRY, and other smaller-scale exercise like internal/external Table Top Exercises.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 9+ years of experience with a Bachelors and 13+ years with a HS diploma.
  • Proven academic and real-world senior/SME-level experience leading, planning, and coordinating full spectrum cyberspace operations exercises with DHS and/or DOD as listed above in duties and responsibilities. Emphasis on ‘whole of community’ approach.
  • Understanding or experience with DHS’s FEMA HSEEP and/or predecessor exercise planning programs.
  • Experience supporting DHS, DOD, and other similar exercises such as CYBER STORM, NATIONAL LEVEL EXERCISE, CYBER FLAG, CYBER GUARD, ARDENT SENTRY, VIGILANT SHIELD, and GRIDEX, etc.
  • Possess one of the following degrees and/or significant related equivalent practical government/military experience requirements: Security Engineering (Electrical, Computer, Systems, Network or Software) or Cyber Modeling & Simulation.
  • Experience or understanding of the Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) processes and related laws such as The Stafford Act, The Economy Act, and related Title 18 and 32 authorities.
  • Experience or understanding of Executive Order 13800, Strengthening  the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, 11 May 2017.
  • Experience or understanding of DHS National Response Framework, 4th Edition (28 October 2019)
  • Understanding and knowledge of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Draft Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (5 December 2017) and NIST Roadmap for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Vers 1.1 (25 April 2019).
  • Knowledge of Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management (C-SCRM) concepts
  • Experience with or understanding of ODNI CTIIC’s Cyber Threat Framework (CTF).
  • Clearance: Must Possess and maintain TS with SCI eligibility clearance. 

Preferred Requirements

  • Over 10 years of experience and a MA/MS degree in a related field of study.
  • Prior experience with DOD/Joint Cyber Operations, Training, and Exercise Planning.
  • DoD 8140 (DoDD 8570.1M) IAM-III, IAT-III/IAT-II certified, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or equivalent desired but not required. 
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) desired but not required.
  • Experience presenting material to senior Government officials and diverse set of interagency and whole of community key stakeholders and experience planning, coordinating, executing, major exercises/events.
  • Knowledge of Mod & Sim/Live Virtual Constructive Cyberspace Ranges and cyber techniques, and tools.

Physical Requirements

May require working in an office, industrial, shipboard, or laboratory environment. Capable of climbing ladders and tolerating confined spaces and extreme temperature variances.


Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Mission Driven Innovative Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 42,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.

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

Nearest Major Market: Arlington Virginia
Nearest Secondary Market: Washington DC