Wargame Program Specialist

U.S. Department of the Air Force
  • Location
    Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Jan 11

Position description

The primary purpose of this position is: To serve as an Air Force Senior Wargame Program Specialist delivering "world class" wargames to the customer while providing oversight and program management for elements of the US Air Force Wargaming Enterprise and the Air Force Chief of Staff's "think tank."

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  • Program Administrator for the Air Force Wargame Enterprise process, wargame reporting, and senior leader support.
  • Facilitates subject matter experts (SME) and serves as a SME in overall participation for ongoing wargames
  • Ensures that inputs from Wargaming Enterprise are accurately and effectively integrated for appropriate Strategic Planning and Programming Processes.
  • Maintains a continuous liaison with appropriate Air Staff, OSD, Joint Staff, other Service, and other DoD offices to ensure informed decision-making by senior Air Force leadership.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
  • Must be able obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • This is a Centrally Managed Position in the Operations Career Field. PCS will be paid in accordance with JTR Vol. 2 and applicable Air Force Regulations.
  • Recruitment incentives may/may not be authorized
  • This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • May travel by military or commercial air to conferences, meetings, or other functions away from the duty site to potentially include overseas travel.
  • A bachelor's degree is highly desired. A master's degree in national security affairs, international relations, business administration, engineering, operations research, technical discipline, or a related field is desired.
  • Previous military-related work experience desirable.
  • Completion of intermediate developmental education desired.
  • Employee may be required to work overtime or an irregular work shift.


This position has been designated by the Air Force as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Demand Reduction Program. Employee must pass initial and periodic short notice drug testing. Illegal drug use by employees in sensitive positions presents a clear threat to the mission of the Air Force, national security, and public safety.

In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Administrative and Management Positions, 0301 Series.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes expert knowledge of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods pertinent to wargaming for assessment and improvement of critical plans and programs for participating in or conducting strategy initiatives for joint strategic planning decisions; knowledge of Air Force goals, objectives, and capabilities; perspectives on the present and future international security environment, and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of wargames; significant understanding of where and how wargaming can integrate with POM, Doctrine, and Concept Development; and knowledge of military command structure, missions, doctrine, strategy, and organizational relationships, the sequence and timing of key events and milestones, and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of planning actions as related to actual events.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-­grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. NOTE: Applicants applying as VEOA candidates who are current GS civil service employees or are prior GS civil service employees within the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to participate in the development, assessment, and improvement of Air Force-wide plans, concepts, and wargames.
  2. Knowledge of Air Force goals, objectives, and capabilities; perspectives on the present and future international security environment, and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of wargames. Significant understanding of where and how wargaming can integrate with POM, Doctrine, and Concept Development.
  3. Skill in designing and conducting comprehensive studies, and preparing solutions to resolve substantive problems and issues of strategy, concepts, and technology in future operating environments. Comprehend and synthesize the effects of technological changes across the USAF's current and future operating capabilities.
  4. Skill in understanding and conducting analytic research in support of Air Force wargaming.
  5. Ability to synthesize complex, and often contrary, competing, information and viewpoints to determine best course of action. Advocate recommendations across the Air Force to senior leaders.
  6. Ability to plan, organize, and negotiate effectively with senior analysts and management to accept and implement recommendations, where proposals involve substantial resources, and require extensive changes in established concepts and procedures
  7. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, negotiate complex issues, and maintain good working relationships.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.



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