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NOTE: This is an Indefinite Career position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position. The successful candidate for this position will serve as the liaison between United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and LLNL. This position is located in USSTRATCOM at Offutt Air Force Base and requires residency in the Omaha, NE area.
NATURE AND SCOPE OF JOB
The Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Associate Directorate (PAD) has an opening for an exceptional staff member with a background in national security, strategic deterrence, and demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships within the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and other U.S. government agencies and organizations. The duty station is located at USSTRATCOM and the successful candidate will act as the liaison between USSTRATCOM and LLNL programmatic managers and senior leaders working in close partnership with USSTRATCOM military and civilian staff. This position requires collecting and maintaining in-depth knowledge of USSTRATCOM missions, particularly for strategic deterrence, integrated missile defense (IMD), and Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3). As the liaison between USSTRATCOM and LLNL, the successful candidate must have expert knowledge of LLNL’s programs and activities that can support USSTRATCOM and its diverse mission responsibilities. The successful candidate will establish and strengthen working relationships between USSTRATCOM and LLNL to identify mutual objectives to achieve mission success. This will be achieved through direct engagement with USSTRATCOM leadership and action officers and LLNL senior managers and staff in WCI PAD (nuclear weapons life extension programs and future concepts), Global Security PAD (Z Program’s intelligence and threat assessments), and NIF and Photon Sciences PAD (missile defense and hypersonics).
Additional responsibilities include helping to address USSTRATCOM component command mission needs with LLNL capabilities, for example, working with Air Force Global Strike Command to identify capability gaps and mission needs that LLNL can help meet.
The successful candidate is required to have frequent interactions with Laboratory senior management at the highest levels, senior management at the highest levels within DoD and NNSA organizations.
- Working closely with USSTRATCOM senior leadership and staff, gain insights that can help influence the shaping and formulation of future nuclear policy, strategy, and employment guidance to help inform and guide LLNL leadership regarding future programmatic impacts.
- Participate with USSTRATCOM staff in regular interactions with Nuclear Weapons Council action officers in support of Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Air Force, and Navy strategic deterrence systems, including tracking and evolving requirements for the stockpile, delivery platforms, and current and future force postures.
- Participate with USSTRATCOM staff in systems studies, workshops, and exercises, particular with Plans and Policy (J5), where LLNL expertise can provide the technical support needed for successful outcomes.
- Support nuclear weapons sustainment, life extension programs, and other activities, as well as those related to other Command missions and Laboratory capabilities in partnership with Capability and Resource Integration (J8) to fully understand their requirements for planning, programming and budget execution.
- Evaluate laboratory technical solutions and advise senior laboratory leadership and program managers on their potential employment and integration into nuclear policy, strategy, employment guidance, contingency plans, force structure, and stockpile. Present findings and recommendations to senior personnel at LLNL, DOE, NNSA, USSTRATCOM, and DoD.
- Act as LLNL’s advocate for strategic technical decisions made by Laboratory senior management and external stakeholders.
- Support USSTRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) Science, Technology, and Transformation (ST&T) Panel as requested by the Panel Chairman and Staff Director as a part of USSTRATCOM J8 staff.
- M.S./Ph.D. or equivalent physical science, engineering, or other relevant discipline or the equivalent combination of education and significant experience working at or with DoD, NNSA, or other U.S. Government agencies.
- Expert communication, facilitation and collaboration skills necessary to present explain and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
- Extensive experience developing, conducting, and leading research and analysis on nuclear weapons and other WMD, nuclear nonproliferation, or nuclear deterrence.
- Extensive experience working with one or more DoD components on experimental and technical studies related to national security or WMD defense programs.
- Expert knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies as it relates to national security and the threat, or use, of nuclear weapons and other WMD.
- Demonstrated project management abilities.
- Demonstrated self-motivation and initiative in addressing challenging problems.
- Experience working effectively independently and in a multi-disciplinary, team-research environment with ability to successfully cultivate relationships between large organizations.
Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.
Security Clearance: This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire. Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access. Please note that your current active Q or Top Secret clearance with DOE or another agency does not guarantee DOE SCI access approval; if you are denied access, you may be subject to reinvestigation of your existing Q or Top Secret clearance.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees. This position located in the Omaha, NE area.
LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.