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Headquarters, Air Force Space Command CYBER OPERATIONS ANALYST (CYBERSECURITY) in Peterson AFB, Colorado


Click on "Learn more about this agency" button below to view Eligibilities being considered and other IMPORTANT information. The primary purpose of this position is to serves as an advanced analytical and technical expert for bridging NORAD and USNORTHCOM cyberspace operations, plans and assessments to data/intelligence/information requirements, fulfillment, and security.


Performs duties as a data analyst for NORAD and USNORTHCOM on operational and technical matters relating to N/NC mission relevant cyber terrain.

Integrates NORAD and USNORTHCOM theater Defensive Cyberspace Operations capabilities enabling theater cyber key terrain sensor data ingest, data analytics, and visualization in near real-time.

Provides full cyberspace analytical and cyber defensive support during day-to-day current operations, military exercises, contingencies, and war.

Coordinates and synchronizes NORAD and USNORTHCOM cyberspace operations with Canadian Forces, DHS, and DoD cyberspace operations capability providers.


Conditions of Employment


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. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-11, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes analytical and evaluative methods for determining the effectiveness of various courses of action pertaining to cyber situational awareness, decision support, and force direction capabilities supporting NORAD and USNORTHCOM operational plans. DoD cyberspace policy and doctrine; expert skill in negotiation and/or defense of controversial inter-command or inter-service cyberspace issues within DoD and interagency issues throughout federal government. DoD cyber situational awareness, decision support, and force direction capabilities; data and software applications concepts, visualization capabilities, functions, and techniques sufficient to evaluate new and emerging technologies, cyberspace operations methods and principles,the feasibility of proposed new systems and applications software projects; and to design, write, test, debug, and maintain data and applications software and ensure successful integration with existing and anticipated infrastructure in the DoD cyberspace capability data environment. 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-11 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-12 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. Expert knowledge of architecture and design to include cloud and hybrid-cloud architectures, data platforms, and associated technology stacks.

  1. Knowledge of infrastructure to include transport, networking concepts and protocols, and end-points.

  2. Expert knowledge of Department of Defense cyberspace operations capabilities to include Defensive Cyberspace Operations tools and techniques (e.g., buffer overflow, mobile code, cross-site scripting, Procedural Language/Structured Query Language [PL/SQL] and injections, race conditions, covert channel, replay, returnoriented attacks, malicious code).

  3. Expert knowledge of laws, organizational policies, and DoD regulations pertaining to cyberspace operations, to include Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN), Defensive Cyberspace Operations-Internal Defensive Measures (DCO-IDM), and Defensive Cyberspace Operations-Response Action (DCO-RA) principles, and practices related to the DoD cyberspace operations and environment. Federal IT Security laws, regulations, mandates and guidance documentation (such as the Federal Information Security Act (2002), OMS Memorandums, NIST Special Publication 800 Series and Federal Information Processing Standards, DoD and USCYBERCOM instructions).

  4. Ability to apply techniques for detecting host and network-based intrusions using intrusion detection technologies.

  5. Skill in designing the integration of technology processes and solutions, including legacy systems and modern programming languages and translating operational requirements into protection needs (i.e., security controls). Skill in detecting host and network-based intrusions via intrusion detection technologies (e.g., Snort) and performing packet-level analysis. 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.


IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcripts with the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation. FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Additional Information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information. Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service of more than three (3) calendar days may be required prior to appointment to the position. Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position in the competitive service, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition. 120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur. Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible: MSP applicants, if determined best qualified, must be selected at the full performance level and placed at the full performance level. You must include a completed copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist dated within 30 days along with the documents identified on the checklist to verify your eligibility for MSP. Click here to obtain a copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist. Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit. If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here. Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities please click here. Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond "transferred" for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here.