The United States Special Operation Command’s (USSOCOM) Force Structure, Requirements, Resources and Strategic Assessments Directorate (J8) Strategic Planning and Analysis Division (J8‐S) requires services for analytical support for wide range of analytical products to USSOCOM directorates, centers, component commands and Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs). During project execution, personnel will provide the J8‐S, with high quality, defendable technical and analytical support expertise in employing analytical models and tools with a wide array of areas such as of software development, operation and maintenance of Government classified stand‐alone local area networks, and development and maintenance of classified databases.
The Senior Special Operations Analysts (SOA) are considered Subject Matter Experts (SME) in their designated specialty and will apply their experience and training to all tasks assigned. The Senior Special Operations Analyst shall:
- Maintain Subject Matter Expertise of Global and Regional Plans and the USSOCOM Campaign Plan for Global Special Operations (CPGSO) as these documents may be relevant to CONOP development for the Defense Planning Scenarios.
- Assist in analysis to support shaping and informing Government development of external high-level guidance documents such as the National Defense Strategy (NDS), National Military Strategy (NMS), and the Defense Planning Guidance (DPG). Interpret strategic guidance and apply it to SOF adaptations for each OSD planning scenario.
- Conduct, participate, or support analysis as required for Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) and SOF Capabilities. Integration &. Development. System (SOFCIDS) as defined in SOCOM Directive 71-4, using JMA data, data from other approved databases, models, and other analytic tools to determine how the procurement of the item would address capability gaps, increase effectiveness, or increase efficiency.
- Utilize JMA data to support studies, analyses, and the development of other models, war games, and simulations that are critical to the execution of command activities.
- Develop, coordinate and maintain Planning Factors, Rules and Assumptions (PFR&A) for JMA ensuring SOF Force Elements have been identified and accurately portrayed to allow consistent application within the JMA database to Defense Planning Scenarios.
- Understand and translate strategic-level scenarios into SOF operational campaigns and analyze the requirements against varying force structures.
- Conduct and/or participate in analysis of risk in support of USSOCOM’s POM development process.
- Apply the Capabilities Programming Guidance (CPG) and the Defense Planning Guidance (DPG) into analysis that can be used to assess special operations force design and force planning.
- Utilize the Special Operations Forces Analysis and Modeling System (SOFAMS) suite of software products to support the POM development cycle.
- Translate SOF adaptations and the SOF portion of OSD Planning Scenarios into tactical level CONOPS in order to analyze required SO force structure and perform the following:
- Support Government generation of requirements for SOF using strategy-to-task relationships;
- Enter Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) into the JMA database to track SOF requirements;
- Maintain Quality Control of user-entered data inside the JMA database; and
- Provide a Risk-Constrained Force Structure using SOF Capabilities-Based Risk Assessment Allocation Tool (SCRAAM). This tool provides a methodical progression to constrain the force that illustrates the risk within a particular force structure.
- Work with Government and contract ORSAs in the development of analytical products derived from the JMA database, including special operations force structure analysis assessing the capability and capacity of force elements (units and platforms across the spectrum of USSOCOM programs of record) to accomplish a specified set of missions for DoD defined scenarios, using planning factors, rules and assumptions in order to provide:
- An evaluation of the capability and capacity of the force required to execute the NDS (Objective Force), and the supporting analytic data;
- Generate strategy-to-task relationships from strategic-level documents in order to correctly portray global SOF operations and emerging requirements;
- Conduct force structure “excursions” using both qualitative and quantitative techniques to assess risk and to articulate the adequacy of a particular force structure; and
- analyze various fiscally constrained resource files against specific requirements sets in order to highlight the sufficiency/risks of a force structure.
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