Logistics Management Institute

Senior Specialist

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Position is on the staff of a government consulting firm in Tysons, VA. The work location is on-site at the client office in the pentagon, Joint Staff (J4), Operational Contract Support Division. Short-term teleworking options are available in support of the mission.

Overview. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of government and contractor subject matter experts to integrate operational contract support (OCS), an emerging joint capability area described in Joint Publication 4-10, Operational Contract Support, into existing joint policy, processes, systems, training, operational planning, readiness, and risk reporting. Whereas contracted support is the capability and capacity represented by contracted support, OCS is the government’s capability to plan for and manage the growing contracted support element of the Total Force. True assimilation of contracted support into the Total Force will exist when OCS is integrated into DoD strategic to tactical planning and processes and becomes a habitual part of all command and staff work during peacetime and contingencies. The ideal candidate would have recent experience in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Combatant Command (CCMD), Joint Task Force (JTF), or Service component command experience at the operational or tactical level planning and managing contracted support to military forces in overseas military operations to ensure unity of effort with private sector capabilities
  • experience in military operations planning and execution in a joint environment including developing plans, annexes or appendices that integrate contracted support
  • operational experience drafting and executing operational, warning, execute, and fragmentary orders
  1. Joint Staff experience at the operational or strategic level in one of the following Joint Staff Directorates: (J3) Operations; (J5) Plans; (J4) Logistics; or (J7) Force Development
  • strong interpersonal skills, and ability to interact with general or flag officers, senior staff members, as well as tactical and operational officers. The purpose of such interaction is to persuade, motivate, influence, justify, defend, negotiate or settle matters involving OCS, logistics, and operational relevance of contracted support and integration of OCS into joint policy, processes, procedures, systems, training, exercises, and commanders’ plans.
  • expert proficiency in oral and written communications. The candidate must be skilled at writing concisely, expressing thoughts clearly, and developing ideas in logical sequence, including developing briefings, handbooks, procedures, training or other guidance.
  1. Instructor experience in a military environment teaching joint operational planning, operational contract support, or other joint operational doctrine concepts and procedures.
  • A 6-9 month objective of this position, after appropriate indoctrination and training, is to become an additional instructor for the Joint OCS Planning and Execution Course (JOPEC) to teach the application of OCS techniques and procedures to produce OCS products.
  • Instructor duties include conducting on-podium instruction of developed courseware, revising current OCS courses, managing students and classroom work and activities, and supporting development of other OCS-related training courses.


  • The primary focus of this position is to integrate commercial support and OCS into joint operational planning, conduct reviews of operational plans and orders to ensure adequate planning for contracted support, and support training, exercises, and other joint force development activities to articulate the operational relevance and reality of contracted support to commanders and staffs.
  • The candidate will leverage prior operational experience to provide an “operators perspective” to assist the team in reviewing operations plans and developing and delivering training to help commanders and staffs understand the scope and scale of contracted support they will experience in military operations and are prepared for their roles and responsibilities to ensure unity of effort with private sector capabilities. To be effective, the candidate should have recent and expert operational or logistics planning experience.
  • The Senior Specialist's experience must lend itself to the following tasks:
  • Originate, conceive, and conduct OCS planning and execution research, process analysis, and studies leading to:
    • Affordable improvements and innovation in OCS joint planning and execution, integration into the joint training system, and joint readiness
    • OCS execution tools that enable and support combatant command (CCMD)/joint task force (JTF) headquarters OCS capability
    • Instruction on OCS concepts, tactics, techniques and procedures to deploying personnel
    • OCS planning factors and methods that anticipate contracted support requirements to prompt planners
    • OCS measures of success, metrics and reporting
  • As a function of the Joint Planning and Execution Community, apply strategic and operational OCS guidance to review and offer analytical inputs to Geographic CCMD-created CONPLANS and OPLANS, Warning Orders (WARNORDS), Operation Orders (OPORDS), and Fragmentary Orders (FRAGOS).
  • Develop or adapt products for use in joint education, training, exercises, and information technology tool capability requirements.
  • Apply a depth of knowledge, skills, and ability to research and to conduct process analysis and studies with strong skills in joint planning, contingency contracting, or OCS.
  • Travel, to include OCONUS, once certified as a JOPEC instructor.
  • Develop policy, instructions, joint doctrine, manuals and handbooks as they relate to OCS and contracted support.
  • Synthesize and present recommendations (oral and written) to senior military and civilian decision makers.
  • Adjust rapidly to shifts in priorities and manage multiple tasks simultaneously that may include staff support relating to current operations.
  • Conduct and deliver staff support as required.


  • NOTE: Any candidate with School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Joint Advanced Warfighting (JAWS), School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), or School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW) graduate certification is qualified for this position regardless of other experience.
  • Experience as a U.S. Army Logistics Support Plans and Operations (SPO) Officer or other Service equivalent desired.
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university and 10 years related experience in contingency contracting, joint planning, or OCS as defined in Joint Publication 4-10, Operational Contract Support, OR a bachelor's degree and 15 years related experience in contingency contracting, joint planning, or OCS.
  • Graduate of Phase I JPME required. Graduate of Phase 2 JPME desired.
  • Experience should include planning and executing combined and joint operations at the theater/CCMD or component level, experience with the Joint Training System (JTS), joint interagency operations planning, logistics, and civil-military operations conducted at CCMD or Service component command level.
  • Recent and relevant multi-theater operational or senior staff (CCMD, Joint Staff, and JTF Staff) current operations support experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with key stakeholders and organizations in the OCS Communities of Interest.
  • Applicants for this position will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. For this position, we will only consider applicants with current security clearances at the Top Secret level with eligibility to handle sensitive compartmented information (SCI).


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