DEFCON 1 Newsletter for March 19, 2014


Coastal and Maritime Surveillance


March 17 – 20, 2014

Accra, Ghana



Defense Career Opportunities Newsletter

DEFCON 1 Newsletter for March 19, 2014

Issue # 355


“When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.”

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***  In this issue (This week’s jobs are listed here, and then offered with links or in more detail below):


1.)  Lead Program Management Consultant, MCR, Washington, DC

2.)  Director, Military Affairs, First Command Educational Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas

3.)  Analyst for Military Space and Communication Systems, Congressional Budget Office, Washington, DC

4.)  Junior Project Scheduler, MCR, Albuquerque, NM

5.)  Mechanical Technician – CONUS, ManTech International Corporation, Fayetteville, NC

6.)  Cloud Engineer, ManTech International Corporation, McLean, VA

7.)  AERO-GA-AL-14:001: RCM Analyst, Wyle, Albany, GA

8.)  Engineer, MCR, Washington, DC

9.)  Junior Financial Analyst, USTRANSCOM, MCR, Scott AFB, IL

10.)  Acquisition Logistics Specialist, DCS Corporation, Fort Belvoir, VA

11.)  Systems Integration Lab Engineering Technician, DCS Corporation, Warren, MI


…and more!


***  Ned’s upcoming travel, maybe, perhaps:


March 25-26-27, Monterey, Calif.


April 11-13, Boston/Bath, Maine


June 9-10, Abu Dhabi, UAE


June 11-12, Bahrain


August 18-19-22, Tacoma, Wash.


August 22, 23, 24, San Diego, Calif.


November 3-6, Nassau, Bahamas


***  Upcoming events:


***  Coastal and Maritime Surveillance


March 17 – 20, 2014

Accra, Ghana


***  Maritime Security 2014 East

March 11-12, 2014

Boston, Mass.


Maritime Security 2014 East provides discussion and collaboration on strategies and technologies to counter maritime security threats encountered by governments, law enforcement, and port/terminal owners and operators. Interactive workshop sessions are designed to give all conference participants the actionable knowledge on how to better secure their maritime areas of responsibility, mainly by stressing the importance of collaboration, efficiency, and best practices. Each of the conference workshop topics will be addressed by relevant perspectives of those who have implemented successful strategies and technologies in their maritime security operations.  Exhibitors will display relevant solutions to conference participants, ensuring that all participants remain informed of the latest in trends and technologies.


***  The National Summit on Strategic Communications May 8-9 in Washington DC

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***  Here are the DEFCON 1 jobs for this week:


1.)  Lead Program Management Consultant, MCR, Washington, DC


MCR is the trusted leader in integrated program management solutions. For 36 years, we have provided objectivity, smart thinking and the highest levels of support to help our clients get the job done, and done right. Our vast experience and knowledgeable people are our greatest assets. Their subject matter expertise, commitment to excellence and the high quality of their work, combined with our full suite of services, allows our clients to accomplish their missions and support national priorities. Our corporate values are based on integrity, excellence, honesty, service and trust. It is through these values that we form long-term client partnerships, build expertise, and attract and retain talented employees. For more information about MCR, LLC career opportunities, please visit


Description of Duties:


If candidate does possess experience, desirable includes:

•Knowledge/understanding of the Federal acquisition lifecycle and budget process desirable (e.g., DHS, DoD, etc…):

•Work experience at Coast Guard with multiple assets, like the Fast Response Cutter (FRC)


Conduct a variety of program management, systems engineering, and acquisition support activities:

•Ability to lead a project. Deep understanding of the Federal acquisition, budget, program management, and/or system engineering lifecycle.

•Serves as the Contractor counterpart to the Government’s program manager and contracting officer for all program-wide contract technical issues, contract performance, and issue resolution.

•Provides oversight and executive level management for all of the contractor engagements under this contract. Represents the Contractor at all contract-level post-award meetings.

•Provides strategic direction, vision, leadership, and program management to the team.

•Possesses requisite knowledge and provides customized business-focused objective advice, expertise and specialist skills to create value and improve business strategy, internal processes and project performance.

•Supports development of acquisition documents and plans, policies and procedural documentation, briefings for senior Coast Guard and DHS leadership and other deliverables in support of executing decisions.

•Assists with devising and implementing performance measures and related processes and systems.

•Maintains responsibility for managing business solutions, delegating appropriate resources, and fostering quality assurance principles across deliverables and resolving issues.

•Organizes, directs and coordinates the planning and production of activities.

•Oversees process and productivity improvement, systems alignment, organizational assessments, and program audits and evaluations.

•Crafts and enforces quality control programs.


Requirements for the Position:

•Master’s degree in Project Management, Systems Engineering, or a related field, such as Economics, Statistics, Business, Finance, or Engineering.

•PMP designation or DHS/DOD Level I PM Certification

•10+ years of relevant experience in Federal acquisition, program management, and/or systems engineering. Solid understanding of the Federal budget, acquisition, and project lifecycles. DHS Coast Guard experience is desirable.

•Knowledge of MS Office applications – particularly MS Excel and PowerPoint. Project scheduling and cost estimating tools desirable.

•Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

•US Citizenship is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government investigation and must meet eligibility requirements to obtain the designated Government clearance (DHS Suitability). An active Secret clearance is preferred

•Experience with the Coast Guard, Navy in Shipbuilding, or DHS is desired




MCR, LLC’s compensation and benefits package is very competitive. It is designed to help employees meet varying needs throughout their careers and to reward employee’s skills, experience, and potential.


Equal Opportunity Employer


MCR is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.  In addition, MCR participates in the DHS E-Verify program. M/F/V/D


***  From Katherine Kirkpatrick:


Dear Mr. Lundquist,


Vic beck directed me to you. Please find attached a job description from the First Command Education Foundation.


Thank you!




Katherine Kirkpatrick

Director, Social Media

Parent of First Command Financial Planning

Fort Worth, TX


2.)  Director, Military Affairs, First Command Educational Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas


Position Summary


Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of First Command Educational Foundation (FCEF), this individual will provide both strategic and tactical guidance to the FCEF Board, CEO, and FCEF managers in support of FCEF goals and initiatives. At the strategic level, the incumbent must use knowledge gained through interactions with First Command advisor force, military organizations, and other strategic partners, to make specific policy recommendations to continually enhance FCEF mission, vision, and strategic plan. The incumbent must be capable of demonstrating significant initiative and follow through in the pursuit, development, implementation, and sustained management of authorized projects and initiatives. The incumbent researches and establishes partnerships/collaborations with military units and organizations to increase awareness of FCEF programs and encourage usage of resources used to enhance individual and family financial skills and knowledge. The incumbent will develop, maintain and increase the quality of the volunteer program necessary to conduct FCEF’s educational programs for DoD, Guard, Reserve, Service Academies, and, U.S. Coast Guard target audiences. To that end, the incumbent will identify, recruit, train, and maintain volunteer speakers, working with them to facilitate logistical requirements for presentations. The incumbent will also facilitate and deliver outreach and basic financial education programs. As an FCEF ambassador, the incumbent will be required to promote the growth of both the reach and reputation of FCEF by interactively positively and professionally with executive-level employees across a wide range of military, government, civilian, business, and not-for profit entities. The incumbent will be required to travel both locally and on extended overnight trips all across the U.S. approximately 30% of the time to include weekends.


Essential Job Functions


1. Builds, updates, and implements plans for engagement of military community; analyzes and assesses opportunities.

2. Influences FCEF strategic activities that directly lead to increased interactions and educational opportunities with military.

3. Develops and operates programs that establish and sustain relationships among FCEF, strategic partners, military leaders and influencers, and First Command Financial Services.

4. Applies knowledge of FCEF programs and military operations to analyze, evaluate, and assesses opportunities for educational programs & volunteer recruitment.

5. Represents FCEF in discussion with external partners to inform, promote, and market program capability and support.

6. Anticipates educational and relationship-building opportunities; highlights problems and envisions potential solutions; advises FCEF executive-level leadership through resolution process.

7. Sensitizes the entire FCEF organization to military culture; anticipates and follows changes in the military community.

8. Collaborates with/coordinates efforts of FCEF’s cross functional programs to develop highest possible outreach to military community through education and scholarship programs; provides continual feedback to appropriate program manager.

9. Conducts speaking engagements on behalf of FCEF; represents FCEF at military events and promotional activities, volunteer recruitment fairs, seminars, and conferences as required.

10. Creates and oversees an effective educational volunteer program including development of a comprehensive written plan for internal staff and volunteer relation procedures and strategic written plan for volunteer recruitment and retention.

11. Establishes program & budget criteria, & volunteer selection criteria; recruits and trains a network of volunteer speakers.

12. Selects and coordinates volunteer speakers for presentations, serving as a liaison for the requesting organization and the speaker delivering the material; coordinates all logistics at location; arranges and/or facilitates volunteer travel.

13. Serves as instructor for volunteer-related training; conducts various focus groups with selected partners to ascertain course content materials and developmental needs and skills.

14. Conducts basic financial presentations to military audiences and volunteer training sessions.

15. Develops and conducts volunteer training and orientation sessions; keeps volunteers continually informed on FCEF policy, programs, changes, and advancements; ensures volunteers comply with FCEF policy and procedure.

16. Ensures accuracy, timeliness, applicability, and appropriate expense reporting for reimbursable volunteer expenses.

17. Drafts and recommends policies and procedures updates and requirements to ensure mission enhancement and sustainability of military outreach and educational programs.

18. Plans, organizes, and implements volunteer recognition program/events.

19. Utilizes social media avenues/new releases, etc. to highlight educational initiatives, volunteer activities, and FCEF outreach.

20. All other duties as assigned by CEO.


Note: The list of essential job functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented by the supervisor as necessary.


Performance Measures


– Quantitative/qualitative results of community educational program’s outreach goals, programs, and initiatives, as assessed and evaluated by the CEO. Measures include anecdotal feedback from constituents, surveys of constituent groups, and the overall success of the FCEF outreach and educational programs utilization.

– Professional reputation, communicative skills, and mastery of presentation subject knowledge by volunteers.

– Depth and breadth of volunteers, availability at military locations, and understanding and adherence by volunteers to FCEF policy and procedures for volunteer programs.

– Clear, precise, and logical communication; effective verbal and writing skills; ability to produce final documents.

– Innovative outreach programs; creation of new education opportunities; recruitment and maintenance of volunteers.

– Timely and accurate reports on performance objectives and outcomes of volunteer management.

– Effective and efficient use of program budget; complete and separate accounting of individual and volunteer expenses.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Competencies) Required


– Extensive knowledge of military service and the various branches of the DoD, US Coast Guard, National Guard, & Reserves

– Strong initiative and impeccable professional demeanor; be results-oriented, detail-oriented, and self-motivated.

– Must communicate successfully and proactively with others via both the spoken and written word.

– Must have a dynamic and charismatic personality and ability to conduct public speaking to a variety of audiences.

– The incumbent should have a familiarity of basic financial topics to include debt management, savings, insurance, investments, retirement accounts, and components of a financial plan.

– Requires experience in writing, editing, and speaking in English, including a demonstrated proficiency with proper grammar and syntax.


Working Conditions


  • Work is performed mostly while in a normal office or classroom environment. Incumbent will spend the majority of his/hertime working closely with the CEO in FCEF’s home office in Fort Worth, TX and must also work with all FCEF program managers.
  • Occasional visits to other offices accessible by stairs and elevators may be required. Extensive travel by air or surface required.
  • Some evening hours and weekend hours will be required as presentation scheduling requires. Incumbent must have color vision and eyesight adequate to view documents on computer monitor and to read printed/handwritten hard copy. Incumbent must have adequate hearing for varying classroom situations.


Minimum Qualifications




– Possesses current military ID (retired and US Army senior noncommissioned officer preferred).

– Staff or leadership experience at a major command level or higher in the Armed Forces preferred.

– Bachelor’s Degree or 6 years of relevant work experience (degree in communications or instructional field preferred).

– Demonstrates understanding of tactical, operational, and strategic planning.

– Demonstrates understanding of program development, project tracking, and business metrics.

– Demonstrates knowledge of volunteer recruitment, coordination, management, & retention.

– 1-2 years of industry experience in Finance, Business, or Training preferred.

– 1-2 years in training/facilitation experience to audiences of 5 – 100+ preferred.

– Solid computer skills competencies in the areas of PowerPoint, Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, and Publisher.

– Possesses leadership qualities and self-initiative; excellent oral and written communication skills.

– Ability to work independently, problem solve, and multi task effectively; strong interpersonal and team-building skills.


The contact for details is:

Amy McCullough

First Command

1 FirstComm Plaza

Fort Worth, Texas 76109 US



3.)  Analyst for Military Space and Communication Systems, Congressional Budget Office, Washington, DC


4.)  Junior Project Scheduler, MCR, Albuquerque, NM


5.)  Mechanical Technician – CONUS, ManTech International Corporation, Fayetteville, NC


6.)  Cloud Engineer, ManTech International Corporation, McLean, VA^3qbZeSvwS08jngzHh/sPGB6eUR4fkGnshBjWBIMDK_slp_rhc_g2BnsxehqUpw==&jobId=1154460


7.)  AERO-GA-AL-14:001: RCM Analyst, Wyle, Albany, GA


8.)  Engineer, MCR, Washington, DC


9.)  Junior Financial Analyst, USTRANSCOM, MCR, Scott AFB, IL


10.)  Acquisition Logistics Specialist, DCS Corporation, Fort Belvoir, VA


11.)  Systems Integration Lab Engineering Technician, DCS Corporation, Warren, MI


…and more!


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