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Military Analyst

Posted by on September 14, 2018

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The strategic landscape of the current and future world continues to evolve and change.  These complex challenges, threats, environments, and missions facing our nation’s future defense and military enterprises are detailed in the guiding documents of the National Defense Strategy (NDS) and the National Military Strategy (NMS).  Developed in parallel and in coherence with these documents, the Marine Corps has envisioned our role in national defense in our own Marine Operating Concept (MOC) and developed a future force model to execute these tasks.  The Marine Corps Force 2025 is part of a Commandant directed, Combat Development and Integration (CDI) led effort to design a Marine Corps that is organized to adapt and operate effectively despite these challenging operational imperatives, and to improve efficiency in meeting increasing demands from the geographic combatant commanders for ready and relevant forces across the range of military operations.  As the requirements in the MOC and Force 2025 have generated changes to the organizing and equipping of the Marine Corps, Training and Education Command (TECOM) must respond by optimizing the training and education continuum to ensure Force 2025 Marines are ready to operate and win in these environments with our new technology and our Next Generation (NextGen) Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) formations.  Training and education policies, processes, governance, organization, and technologies must be modified to meet evolving requirements.  For enduring success, a goal of the Marine Corps should be to develop and implement a Title 10 “training” pillar on par with the advancements in the “equipping and organizing” pillars.  In this pursuit, the use of contracted support is required to assist TECOM in assessing the adequacy of training and education today to meet the needs of the MOC, Force 2025 and in analyzing and recommending potential improvements to the training and education enterprise.

The Contractor shall research and analyze training and education policies, processes, governance, organization, and technologies and identify improvements to meet the vision, goals, objectives, and actions to create a Next Generation training and education enterprise.  This new enterprise must incorporate a holistic, Force 2025 MAGTF focus that supports an integrated and standardized training/education continuum spanning the spectrum of entry-level to the large-scale collective,  and is inclusive of new enabling capabilities as well as future combat and advanced learning systems.  It must also include modernized Professional Military Education (PME) and a MAGTF Training Plan that generates Defense Readiness Reporting System(DRRS)-level readiness, and which enables and nests within the Force Generation process.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide technical and analytical support to review and assess existing Marine Corps training and education policies, processes, governance, organization, and technologies.
  • Conduct an in-depth review of relevant Marine Corps organizational and strategic documents to provide identification of training and education factors and supporting data in the areas of policies, processes, governance, organization, technological, performance, and budgetary strengths and challenges, as well as external trends, challenges and opportunities.  Findings shall be delivered to the COR and Government Lead NLT 120 days after award and updated over the life of the contract.  Document review will include items such as:
    • Higher authority documents from Department of Defense (DoD) and select documents from other agencies (e.g., the Government Accountability Office)
    • Marine Corps specific orders, service campaign plans, guidance and documents (e.g., Commandant of the Marine Corps Vision and Strategy 2025, Marine Corps Force 2025
    • Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC)and TECOM strategic and campaign plans
    • National Security and National Defense Strategies
    • Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) procedures
    • Combat Development and Integration Process
    • Expeditionary Force 21
    • Program Objective Memorandum (POM) requirements and outputs
    • The Planning, Programming, and Budgeting Execution (PPBE) process
    • Force on Force Training Initiative
    • Large Scale Exercises
    • Project “Fight Club”
    • A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
  • Conduct interviews and surveys of Marine Corps leaders and stakeholders regarding their expectations and challenges associated with the implementation of Force 2025.  Interviews and surveys shall be primarily conducted in person with the web-based surveys as an alternate means.  The interviews and surveys will explore the policies, processes, governance, organization, and technologies of concern to the leaders.  The intent is to surface topics of critical and strategic importance to TECOM that will inform future strategic planning sessions.
  • Analyze data obtained from the document reviews, leadership interviews and surveys in order to identify key influences and/or operational factors, trends, and challenges associated with Force 2025 implementation.
  • Draft recommendations that collectively frame a strategic approach to fulfilling the vision, goals, underlying objectives and guiding principles of Force 2025.  The recommendations will address inter dependencies within and across the strategic objectives developed, and outline performance management, governance, and coordinating mechanisms to be used for development of a strategic plan to be developed at a later date.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelors Degree Required
  • Masters Degree Preferred
  • Completion of Intermediate Level School at minimum, TLS Preferred

EXPERIENCE

  • Experience conducting interviews with senior personnel desired.
  • Familiar with and adhere to established command and staff procedures expecially those involving staff coordination and chain of command.
  • Experience on a high-level staff, particularly HQMC, viewed as a positive.

CORE SKILLS/ COMPETENCIES
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Capable of working efficiently in a military staff environment that requires coordination both internally and externally with TECOM.  Contractor personnel must be familiar with and adhere to established command and staff procedures especially those involving staff coordination and chain of command.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of the Marine Corps self-sustaining capabilities that can be employed in a wide range of contingencies and how Marine forces are organized and employed as a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF).
  • Have documented expertise in Marine Corps enterprise training policies, requirements, readiness, future threat assessments, organizational requirements, Service Master Plans, Service long range training plans, force structure development, training technology, and resource planning.
  • Have documented expertise in Senior leader (Service Chief, Deputy Commandant, MARFOR and MEF Commander level) outreach, engagement and follow-up and expertise in Deputy Commandant advocate and proponent processes.
  • Have working knowledge of forums such as Operational Advisory Groups, Ground Boards, Command Element Advocate Boards, Marine Requirements Oversight Councils, as well as programs and processes such as Marine Corps Training Exercise and Employment Program, Marine Corps Enterprise Integration Plan, Marine Corps Force Development System, and Program Objective Memorandum.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Required to sit for extended periods of time and maintain focus.

SPECIAL POSITION NOTATIONS

  • Ability to obtain or have a security clearance.
  • Requires 20% – 25% travel.
  • Position expected to begin on or about 15 Aug 2018

Info

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  • Clearance Required: Yes
  • Spouse Friendly: No

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