ACT I has been providing solutions for high profile military programs such as the U.S. Navy's and the U.S. Air Force's Joint Strike Fighter F-35, the U.S. Navy's F-18, EA-18G and F-16N Aggressor, and the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor since 1998.
Our team is aggressively seeking candidates to provide advisory and assistance support (A&AS) to the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, (SAF/IA), with regional and country specific expertise.
This support is required for developing future Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) and ensuring compliance with existing LOAs for regions or a specific country specified in a Task Order (hereinafter referred to as Partner Nation).
SAF/IA portfolio management requirements derive from programs funded by a variety of authorizations that must be managed separately so discrete tasks are available for each authority with its associated type of funds.
The main effort of work is located on or near the Pentagon, Arlington, VA.
Resumes will be reviewed immediately and candidates meeting the requirements will be contacted for further consideration and preliminary interviews.
The mission of Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs (SAF/IA) is to create, advocate, and facilitate Department of Defense (DoD) and Air Force policies and programs to support United States (US) national security objectives. These policies and programs include international affairs, foreign disclosure and export control, cooperative research and development, international professionals’ development, and security assistance programs FMS), international military education and training (IMET), Military Assistance Program (MAP), Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) draw-downs, leases, and related endeavors, in concert with US Government, foreign, and industry partners.
The objective of this requirement is to provide advisory and assistance support (A&AS) to the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, (SAF/IA), Regional Aviation Country Desk to support the sale of F-35 aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and F-16 Upgrades to Allied and partner nations.
- analyze existing US military and Allied and partner defense and capability requirements, identify/assess alternative sustainment and enhancement strategies, provide recommendations, and assist in defining requirements for future programs. The contractor shall ensure up to date information in the SAF/IA partner capabilities database for assigned programs, countries or regions.
- provide input, as tasked by SAF/IA senior leadership, Division Chief/Deputy Chief, and SAF/IA Country Directors, to USAF Security Cooperation Enterprise stakeholders including the AF Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) and various USAF Weapon and System Program Offices for action and response to Partner Nation Governments, MoDs and Air Forces.
- develop a key essential personnel contact list with names and contact information for US inter agency and Allied and partner Air Force personnel involved in aviation FMS case development and execution.
- provide planning support for logistics management of F-35 operations and support systems, supporting infrastructure and facilities.
- provide planning support for munitions capabilities and employment associated with the Partner Nation’s weapons systems.
- provide recommendations to HAF, AFLCMC, IAR regarding F-35/Allied and partner Ministry of Defense design interface, product support management, maintenance planning, technical data, training and training devices, supply support, support and test equipment, munitions management, packaging/handling/storage and transportation, computer resources, and manpower and personnel support elements as outlined in the DoD Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element handbook.
- develop and coordinate paperwork for required submissions for Yockey Waivers, Non-Recurring Costs Waivers, and Congressional Notifications.
- analyze current and future allied and partner weapons and defense capabilities acquired through both FMS and DCS channels and assess life cycle interoperability and product support requirements to support F-35 bed down and employment.
- develop a plan which captures these capabilities and recommends strategies and requirements to mitigate capability shortfalls. This strategy will consider capability and weapons system integration for airlift (Ex. C-17, C-130), integrated air missile defense (Ex. Early Warning Radar), command and control (Air Operations Center, Air Defense Operations Center), refueling (Ex. KC-46), and pilot/language training (Ex. Defense Language Institute) to HAF, AFLCMC, IAR and Partner Nation Air Defense Force/Ministry of Defense.
- prior experience with these weapons systems/capabilities and culture familiarity is desired, but not required.
Contractor personnel performing under this Task Order shall possess:
a. A Master’s Degree with a desired emphasis in an International Affairs curriculum
b. A Secret Security Clearance
c. A minimum of five (5) years’ experience with demonstrated effectiveness and success in the mission areas below:
1. USAF LOA development, execution and/or portfolio management and/or experience as SAF/IA Country Desk Officer working on USAF programs.
2. Experience with USAF fighter operations or maintenance or fighter aircraft support Air Operations Center or aviation operational intelligence support.
d. Familiarity with USAF fighter employment and operations, weapons, exercises and training, to include Red Flag scheduling insight
e. Demonstrated experience implementing DoD acquisition policies, laws, regulations, and guidance required to implement FMS LOAs
f. US DoD staff experience in a military, USG civilian or contractor capacity
g. Professional Military Education through the Intermediate Developmental (O-4) level.
h. Knowledge and general understanding of USAF roles and missions
i. Knowledge and general understanding of security cooperation, international affairs, security assistance, foreign military sales to include the processes, legislation and players.
j. Knowledge and understanding of SAF/IA’s role in US Government and International security cooperation community
k. Thorough understanding of:
1. CJCSI 3126.01, Language and Regional Expertise Planning
2. AFPD 16-1, International Affairs
3. USAF Global Partnership Strategy
4. U.S. Export Control laws, regulations and procedures
5. Pseudo FMS case programming (for Pseudo-FMS Task Orders)
6. Security Cooperation programs
7. Building Partner Capability programs
8. USAF Weapons Export Policy
Desired KSAs. The Government desires the Contractor to possess knowledge and thorough understanding the following:
a. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and US Government National Disclosure Policy (NDP)
b. Industry and their relationship to the pseudo-FMS process
c. Demonstrated successful performance in Pseudo-FMS Case development, programming and implementation.
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• Profit-Sharing Plan: discretionary employer annual contributions with a vesting schedule.
• Safe Harbor: an employer contribution of total compensation with no vesting schedule.
• 401k: pre-tax or post-tax deferrals with quarterly enrollment participation.
LIFE and DISABILITY. 100 % Employer paid coverage for employee Life, AD&D, and Short Term and Long Term Disability insurance policies.
MEDICAL. Employer paid health/dental for employees; family coverage available at group rate. Those employees opting out of ACT I insurance may receive reimbursement in lieu of coverage.
CAFETERIA PLAN. Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Medical and Dependent Care Reimbursement IAW IRS limits.
LEAVE. All Major Holidays and Comprehensive Leave which increase with years of service.
PAY-FOR-PERFORMANCE BONUS PLAN. Annual Performance Bonus Program for outstanding performance.
OTHER PROGRAMS. Tuition assistance & training/certification reimbursement available for job related professional development.