U2 ISR MPC Weather Forecaster - 17958
Position Location Beale AFB, CA
Requisition # 17958
# of Openings 1
Huntington Ingalls Industries - Mission Driven Innovative Solutions Inc. provides mission-critical engineering and technical service to Information Technology, Federal Civilian, and National Security, Aerospace & Defense and International government and commercial customers at over 100 locations worldwide.
HII-MDIS is currently seeking a Weather Forecaster to support the U-2 Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Mission Planning Cell (MPC) program and work out of Beale Air Force Base, California with potential travel to other continental United States (CONUS) or overseas (OCONUS) locations as directed by the 99thReconnaissance Squadron Commander (99 RS/CC).
The U2 ISR MPC Weather Forecaster shall provide analytical, advisory, technical expertise and analysis to U-2 MPC and 99 RS activities. The MPC Weather Forecaster shall provide detailed weather support in support of 24/7/365 MPC operations. The Weather Forecaster shall also assist in the development and integration of relevant weather data into advanced systems and technologies. The Weather Forecaster shall integrate all weather environmental data from a variety of sources to assess current and forecast weather environment in order to issue weather products, alert bulletins, and forecasts an anomaly assessment. The Weather Forecaster shall perform quick-look and forensic assessments to determine the potential for weather impacts to operations. The Weather Forecaster shall ensure the quality and timeliness of the production process utilizing data/product monitoring tools and assessing the impact to products due to missing or erroneous data. This includes validating and verifying weather models, products, and SOPs. Additionally, the Weather Forecaster shall ensure the quality (timeliness, accuracy) of responses to customer questions/requests for information. The Weather Forecaster shall provide scientific expertise and assistance 99 RS/CC and MPCC. This includes acting as a subject matter expert during Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E). The Weather Forecaster shall review and perform scientific studies, on the accuracy, applicability and validity of operational weather support and emerging capabilities (tools, data, models, equipment) as it relates to U-2 flight operations.
Duties and Responsibilities (to include but not be limited to the following):
Provide detailed weather support in support of 24/7/365 MPC operations.
When planning, ensure all electronic technical data, regulations, and instructions are current on all electronic systems and physical storage locations.
Provide analytical, advisory, and technical support to 99 RS/CC and MPCC.
Assist MPC project management efforts as directed by the 99 RS/CC and MPCC to improve MPC integration into the ISR value chain as well as national command, combat, and communication architectures.
Assist in the development and integration of the MPC program into new and existing Air Force guidance. These include, but are not limited to: AFTTPs, CONOPS, AFIs, MWS-specific guidance, training curricular, etc.
Analyze and evaluate MPC mission planning software, software tools, and associated support systems to recommend changes and upgrades to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
Identify, communicate, and resolve/recommend solutions to known and/or technical deficiencies.
Research, identify, and/or innovate technologies, processes, and/or procedures for implementation in U-2 mission planning and/or mission execution operations.
Identify, communicate, and implement methods, processes, and technologies to integrate and optimize the U-2 MWS in the prosecution of the Global Force Master Allocation Plan (‘GFMAP’).
Identify, communicate, and implement methods, processes, and technologies to optimize Air Operations Center (‘AOC’), Distributed Common Ground Station (‘DCGS’), and IC integration and optimization.
Attend meetings as directed by the 99 RS/CC and MPCC.
Represent 99 RS at working groups as a recognized subject matter expert (‘SME’) on tactics, techniques, procedures, technologies, and capabilities as they relate to the MPC.
Maintain NIPR, SIPR, and JWICS accounts.
Provide, at the direction of the 99 RS/CC and MPCC, training regarding MPC tactics, techniques, procedures, technologies, and capabilities.
Provide input to 99 RS/CC and MPCC relating to accomplishments and challenges in performance of required tasks/subtasks.
Assist in the development of MPC Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs).
Deliver accurate, on-time, pre-mission plans in accordance with contracts established in SPINS, CONOPS, as well as written agreements between the MPC external actors/agencies within the ISR value chain.
Strictly adhere to published guidance. This includes, but is not limited to: DoD/USAF Instructions, Concepts of Operation (CONOPS), Theater Special Instructions (SPINS), Baseline and Daily Reconnaissance Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Annexes, Air Tasking Orders (ATOs), Airspace Control Orders (ACOs), Order of Battle (OB), MWS and sensor technical orders, tactical guidance/directives, AF doctrine, and national & international flight/navigation regulations, and other guidance.
Security Management: Comply with and enforce National, Department of Defense (DoD), and Air Force security policies and directives, including: (1) both verbal and written reporting procedures; (2) deterrence, detection, isolation, containment, and recovery from information system and network security intrusions.
Subtasks – MPC Weather Forecaster Specific:
Analyze and evaluate meteorological data and prepares forecast products. Integrate weather analyses and reports with radar and satellite imagery interpretations to support operations. Brief aircrew and staff personnel on current and forecast weather and its effects on air operations. Instruct personnel on interpretation and use of meteorological products and their application to DoD missions. Perform global analysis and forecast duties at the MPC. Provide weather warnings, watches, and advisories for mission-limiting weather for designated military installations worldwide. Provide mission tailored forecasts for special and joint operations. Direct taking, recording, reporting, and decoding of meteorological and space weather observations, analysis of data, preparation of forecasts and other prognostic products and use of meteorological equipment. Produce and direct studies to improve forecasting techniques and abilities. Advise commanders and their staffs on capabilities and limitations of weather operations.
Conduct and direct meteorological, space weather, and geophysical research efforts. Prepare and adapt specialized forecast, climatology, and other weather information tailored for U-2 operations. Identify weather sensitivities and shortfalls, conduct testing of meteorological systems and equipment. Recommend modifications of instruments, equipment, and products to improve weather service to weapon systems and technologies. Prepare publications on observing, analyzing, and forecasting meteorological, solar, astrophysical, and geophysical parameters. Recommend changes in weather operations dictated by advances in military weapons/sensors, tactics, and doctrine. Provide meteorological consultation for research activities and direct gathering and preparing of data for specialized weather support activities. Develop and leverage environmental sensing strategies and capabilities to characterize the four-dimensional operational environment. Incorporate weather effects based on critical weather thresholds across the spectrum of mission profiles and into intelligence and operational preparation of the environment, command and control, and military decision making processes.
Provide technical meteorological services. Prepare and direct weather resources to support operational objectives.
Observes, collect, analyze, integrate, and forecasts meteorological, oceanographic and space environmental information from data sparse, non-permissive, hostile, and data-denied areas into military decision-making processes.
Operate atmospheric/space-sensing instruments and computers to interrogate data from weather radars, meteorological satellites, and products provided by military, national, and international weather agencies.
Use detailed understanding of the atmosphere and space environment to translate raw data into actionable, decision-quality environmental information.
Issue advisories, watches and warnings to alert combatant commanders of dangerous or inclement terrestrial and space environmental events.
Understand U-2 tactics, techniques and procedures. Integrate weather information into the decision-making process at all levels to mitigate and exploit environmental information on operations to maximize combat power.
Manage environmental collection operations, ensure quality, and adapt/manage resources to meet mission requirements.
Recognize/exploit environmental analysis and data to enhance training and combat operations.
Perform mission planning and preparation. Participate in military decision making process. Brief commanders and staff on environmental predictions affecting operations. Prepare personnel/equipment for military operations.
Assist in furthering U-2 Research & Development Laboratory initiatives.
Qualifications and Experience :
Be a U.S. citizen.
Maintain a current passport throughout the Period of Performance for this TO.
Obtain all entry/exit visas for countries as required for work performance.
Pass a standard physical examination that includes, at a minimum: medical history, height, weight, blood pressure, HIV antibody, and chest x-ray.
Be physically capable of performing tasks outlined in Duties and Responsibilities Section above.
Have all required immunizations prior to OCONUS travel.
Comply with all security requirements as outlined the contract Statement of Work (SOW).
Be willing and able to work in a demanding, high-stress environment.
Specific Required Qualifications:
Significant work experience in weather forecasting and/or meteorology.
At least one (1) weather forecaster will have, as a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology.
Demonstrated experience with weather forecasting and tools.
Ability to quickly identify and respond to anomalous weather environments.
Detailed understanding of relevant weather statistics and prediction indicators.
Significant expertise in interpretation of weather satellite imagery, climatology reports, computerized weather prediction models, and Doppler weather radar imagery.
Significant expertise in analyzing various types of weather elements such as clouds, wind speed, fog, visibility, atmospheric pressure, etc.
Significant expertise in oceanographic, meteorological and space atmospheric conditions.
Significant experience operating real time weather programs and computer interfaces.
Significant Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and theories of meteorology, and the standard practices, methods, and techniques of the occupation sufficient to perform observations, forecasts, and analysis.
Knowledge of advanced analytical principles, concepts, and methods to produce detailed analyses of complex information/situations attained from multiple sources, to include database manipulation.
Knowledge of: Combat weather skills; characteristics and principles of atmospheric and space weather; observation, analysis, prediction, and dissemination of weather information; operation of fixed and deployable meteorological or space weather systems; weather communications systems; use of weather products; and operator maintenance of weather equipment and instruments.
Ability to adapt scientific techniques to emerging tools, data, models and equipment.
Ability to plan, organize, and interact effectively with management and scientists to implement recommendations, which may require extensive changes in concepts and procedures.
B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in Meteorology or related scientific field of study.
Knowledge of Joint, DoD structure, organizations and mission/functions, inter-relationships and operations.
Experience with USAF airborne ISR programs.
Familiarity with communications systems and computer networking.
Experience authoring technical documentation and training materials.
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
US Citizenship required
The selected applicant will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information
All candidates will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and drug screening per HII requirements
Must have and maintain a Top Secret and NATO Secret clearance and be eligible for SCI access
Must maintain eligibility for SAP/ACCM access.
Huntington Ingalls Industries is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected class.