Principal Information Operations (IO) Analyst Trainer at Northrop Grumman Corporation



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Northrop Grumman Defense Systems sector (NGDS) is seeking a Principal Information Operations (IO) Analyst Trainer to join our growing team of diverse professionals in Suffolk, Virginia. This position supports the Joint Staff J7, Joint Training, Deployable Training Division (DTD) in providing a continuum of individual, staff, and collective joint training to enhance the operational effectiveness of the current and future joint force. The selected candidate will provide observation, training, and feedback, focused at the operational and strategic levels, to Joint Force Commanders and their staffs during joint and multi-national training, exercises, and staff assist visits (SAVs). The focus of the observation, training, and feedback will involve planning of Information Operations in the Joint Force Command and how information operations are synchronized across war fighting functions and domains. The position requires knowledge and/or experience in planning information operations at the theater operational and/or national strategic level.


  • Acts as a subject matter expert and trainer in information operations in joint, multinational, interagency, and globally integrated planning and operations
  • Integrates into, contributes to, and provides functional continuity in the Deployable Training Division’s C2 Section, which consists of military Observer Trainers (OTs) and contractor Analyst Trainers (ATs)
  • Mentors, trains, and supports new OTs
  • Participates as a member of Deployable Training Teams (DTTs) comprised of OTs and ATs observing, training, and providing feedback to commanders and their staffs during Chairman’s Exercise Program (CEP) exercises and other joint and multinational exercises, as well as for Mission Rehearsal Exercises and Staff Assistance Visits for named operations
  • Ascertains key command challenges at the operational and strategic levels of war and conduct cross-functional analysis of information gathered from joint exercises and training events for the development of lessons learned, insights, and best practices
  • Understands strategic thought and direction as it guides and is influenced by campaign, deliberate, and crisis planning at the operational level
  • Researches national strategic documents, historical exercise documents, real world operations, the operating environment, command mission, organization, plans, and orders, as well as interagency and coalition policies, strategies, and plans
  • Conducts trend analysis, understands and improves battle rhythms, provides observation and training, ties phased operational planning to strategic thought, and develops feedback
  • Develops the Commander’s Facilitated After-Action Review (FAAR), Executive Summary Report (ESR), Combined Functional Report (CFR), and Internal After Action Review (IAAR), Post-event debriefs and summaries, and input to Joint Lessons Learned Information System (JLLIS)
  • Updates and maintains documents, articles, and periodicals such as "Joint Operations Insights and Best Practices" and joint functional area focus papers
  • Develops and facilitates seminars for the National Defense University’s Senior Leader Education Program Joint Operations Modules (PINNACLE, CAPSTONE, and KEYSTONE)

Basic Qualifications:
  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 6 years of professional and/or military leadership experience
    • Master’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of professional and/or military leadership experience
  • Joint Forces Staff College or Service equivalent
  • Thorough understanding of, and experience in, fires and effects at the operational level
  • Must be willing to travel worldwide, to include areas considered hazardous duty (up to 25% of the time)
  • Must have an active U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret security clearance with the ability to obtain a DoD Top Secret security clearance once aboard
  • Must be able to work on-site in Suffolk, Virginia

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Combatant Command, Joint Task Force, Division, Afloat staff, or Wing staff experience
  • Understanding of the requirements for staffs to support the commander’s decision cycle
  • Understanding of the Joint Planning Process (JPP)
  • Experience with the preparation and conduct of seminars or study groups for flag officers
  • Ability to write and prepare operational orders and plans
  • Experience in the compilation and presentation in both written and oral formats of lessons learned and after action review material
  • Experience with operational planning efforts at the operational and strategic levels
Salary Range: $71,400.00 - $107,000.00
Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to basepay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.
The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .
Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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