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     Date Submitted:13-07-2009
     Last Modified:14-06-2017 (05:48)
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     Current job:space systems sme
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsOperations, Mission Planning, C2, TT&C, Data Recovery. Space Surveillance, GEO, LEO, Launch, client interface, training, Test, CONOPS, gap analysis, on-orbit testing.

    Willing to relocate.



    US Citizen   Active US Government security clearance SSBI date 8 March 2016 with polygraph


    Desire a challenging space systems growth opportunity in mission operations planning, commissioning, and on-orbit operations.  26+ years of space systems experience. LEO, MEO, GEO systems. Payloads span communications, meteorological, scientific and other phenomenology. Legacy and startup/developmental space systems.   10+ years of business growth, project management experience.  Collaborative externally and cross-organizationally, analytical, and detail-oriented. Strong customer-facing listening and briefing skills.    

         Familiar with the NASA Space Protection Office, Security Defense Program (SSDP), and other space organizations, roles, meetings and industry conferences. Recently de-briefed from 200+ DoD and Intelligence Community (IC) SAPs/CAPs.



    Authored, edited and revised routine and contingency procedures.

    Suggested 2 future space systems studies. Drafted portions of a CONOP.

    Pre-pass plans, ground site coordination activities. Post-pass station contact briefings.

    Contact scheduling and de-confliction.  On-orbit and ground resources capabilities, limitations, tests, maintenance schedules, outages, and client mission needs.

    Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), requirements tracing, gap analysis.

    Analysis of mission planning and scheduling and mission data processing architecture design document (ADD), operational views (OVs), and CONOPS gaps.

    Launch ascent and early orbit operations (10x). Bus and payload checkout. Launch rehearsals.

    Mission-end-of-life activities (4x).

    Pre-launch script testing, spacecraft and ground failure simulations.

    Mission Planning Shop launch liaison (3x).

    Supported vehicle and ground anomaly resolution efforts. Briefed vehicle and ground anomalies.

    System performance data collection and metrics generation. Developed briefing charts.

    Supported readiness reviews, ground station upgrades, factory and site testing. Wrote discrepancy reports (DRs), and problem reports (PRs).

    Familiar with spacecraft subsystems, and the space environment.

    Client survey of needs development. Community of interest (COI) liaison end-user and joint cell liaison. Ensured client needs are met during tests and mission execution.

    Fixed, deployable, and mobile space system ground systems.

    Mobile space system operator and maintainer.

    Mobile Site Survey.  RF spectrum, site obscura, power, local deployed information.

    Developed crew operator initial and recurring training. Wrote tests, created and conducted individual and crew training scenarios.

    Formal schoolhouse courseware developer and instructor. Developed mission planning and space situational awareness courses.

















    BBA, Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, GPA 3.91 · Strayer University, Washington D.C., 2006

    Capture and Proposal Training (Shipley, Goyak). Proposal writing, competition ghosting, compliance, teaming

    Program Management, Opportunity and Risk, and Earned Value Management Courses · PMI Institute

    Business Opportunity Tracking Metrics, Market Analysis and Competitive Intelligence tools

    Proficient in MS Office Products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint)



    Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Space Operations Technology · Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), 1997

    AAS, Instructor of Technology for Military Sciences · CCAF, 1999

    Instructional Systems Design (ISD – space systems teaching/training) · USAF, 1998

    Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements System (DOORS)

    Multiple company proprietary spacecraft mission planning, ground resource, TT&C, and simulator/emulator systems.  Operator level experience with LINUX/UNIX, SQL and Windows based space operations control systems.

    Mission Adaptable Environment Satellite Testing & Real Time Operations (MAESTRO)

    CORTEX Command Ranging and Telemetry (CRT); Telesat; OS COMET; Satellite Telemetry Simulator (STS); RT Logic Compass

    Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN); INTELSAT Transfer Orbit Support Services (TOSS)

    Space Systems Equipment/Operations Specialist; Precision Measurement Equip Labs (PMEL) · USAF

    Modelling & Simulation Tools

    System Tool Kit (STK) Basic Certification - Version 11 · Analytical Graphics Inc (AGI)

    Space Innovation Development Center (SIDC) Theater Integration Course - Space Warfare Center

    Joint Operational Planning and Execution System (JOPES)

    Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) training

    Tasking Collection Processing Exploitation and Dissemination (TCPED)



    25 July 2016 – 10 Feb 2017– RIF- prime lost contract recompete. PRKK Consulting, LLC, Chantilly, VA

    Space Systems Requirements Engineer.  Member of the Requirements and Configuration Management (RCM) team, supporting the office of the chief engineer for a sensitive US Government client.  Perform gap analysis of space system mission planning and scheduling (MP&S), mission data processing (MP), external mission partner and end user requirements for a future US space system.  Includes analysis of architectural design document (ADD) and concept of operations (CONOPS) against changing request for change (RFC) documentation. Compare operational and capability level architecture drawings against written requirements to ensure completeness.


    5 Oct 2015 – 1 July 2016 (RIF – lost contract recompete) TASC, an ENGILITY company, Reston, VA

    US Space Systems Foreign Perceptions Study Lead SME and Intelligence Community Customer Outreach.  Engility, Reston, VA.  Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Space Threat Assessment Cell (STAC) contract.

    - Perform outreach to the US Space Community to discover space acquisition, architecture and operation end client needs, and provide reports supporting US Space Community leadership decisions.

    - Inform USG space procurement agencies of STAC multi-mission area offerings.

    - Deliver Space System Foreign Perception (SSFP) Assessment Study. Interact and collaborate with teams across the multiple DoD and Intelligence Community (IC) organizations to deliver SSFP study.

      --Transformed art into process, delivering end-to-end repeatable SSFP process.




    Dec 2013 – Oct 2015 Space Systems Crew Chief. Boeing Defense Space & Security, Springfield, VA.  Perform direct contract support for a classified client and mission. Development and Operational activities.

    - Rotating 12 hour shifts as Crew Shift Lead, Services Controller and Satellite Payload Operations Controller (SPOCC).

      -- Developed, tested and executed multi-positional crew routine and contingency scripts and procedures.

         Supported system integration and upgrade activities.

      -- Developed operations log reporting standard. Established system stoplight charts for leadership and clients.

      -- End User POC, supported testing, mission planning and collection priority scheme/policy development.

      -- Community of Interest (COI) client interaction and CONOPS development support

      -- Developed suggestions to upgrade the mission data processing operations to a graphical user interface (GUI) to gain more rapid insight into system status, recognize and respond faster to outages.

      -- Defined mission operations reporting metrics, established crew operations log standard content. Briefed crew turnover status, created mission status charts for client and leadership review.



    Jan 2013 - April 2013 Temp Hire - SpaceFlight Controller, Orbital Sciences, Dulles, VA. Temp hire to cover a staffing crunch for launch and on-orbit bus and payload checkout activities for the INTELSAT AZERSAT/AfricaSat 1a spacecraft.

    - Space Flight Controller, performing pre-launch script testing and early on-orbit bus and payload testing.

    - Utilized remote operations sites, supported mission rehearsals, telemetry path testing, pre-launch script testing, training and live operations to test on-board communications relay and other spacecraft subsystems.

    - Reviewed crew information file (CIF), solar/lunar intrusion, uplink/ downlink interference schedules against the geo transfer orbit (GTO) mission plan and on-orbit testing schedule to execute scheduled and ad-hoc commanding. Assisted in updating the daily log and spacecraft/ground station status board.

    - Supported end client troubleshooting their ground station control issues to re-enable command capability at their facility. Supported resolution of multiple local and remote client ground station control and mission control system issues.



    Jan 2011 - Oct 2012 Director, Business Development & Strategy, (RIF – post acquisition downsizing) SPARTA Inc., Centreville, VA.   Director, Business Development & Strategy, SPARTA Inc., a PARSONS Company, National Defense and Security Division, Intelligence Sector, Centreville, VA.   Reporting to the VP, Business Development, National Security Business Unit.  Business capture to US Intelligence and DoD customers providing a breadth of surveillance technology and services solutions.



    Dec 2009 - Jan 2011 Independent Consultant, Ashburn VA                            

    Provided consulting support to clients, providing customized business growth services in space systems ground station, analysis and services markets. Wrote job requisitions, re-organized a small business (SB). Trained SB employees in business development. Provided proposal, market saturation, product differentiation, IP protection, and technical services solutions.



    Apr 2005 - Dec 2009 Space Systems IV&V Tester and Director, Business Development Operations,

    (RIF – post internal merger downsizing) L-3 Intelligence Solutions, Reston, VA. Performed space systems ground station upgrade testing. Performed business development competitive intelligence and market analysis support for technology and services pursuits. Supported ground station, cyber, communications, security, services, data processing, facilities, analysis, R&D, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and space system pursuits.

    - Direct contract Test & Evaluation (IV&V) support on a communications sub-system delivery on a large

      Intelligence Community (IC) ground station contract. Compared and tracked requirements to developer efforts, developed testing criteria, reported status on installation efforts. Supported Factory Acceptance Testing, (FAT), Site Acceptance Testing (SAT), Operational Readiness Design (ORD) Reviews.

    - Delivered market analysis, competitive intelligence and sales reporting products.


    Apr 2004 - Apr 2005 DAPRA Deputy Program Manager & Security Training Lead, Maden Technologies, Arlington, VA. Performed project management on 3 contracts. Performed business development and supported the lead engineer in capturing security services. Daily interaction with end-clients. Wrote job requisitions, performed interviews, made hiring decisions. Deputy Program Manager on the DARPA SID contract, a team of 51 FTEs. Project manager to 2 additional DoD classified clients providing secure facilities, logistics, communications, and help desk support.



    Nov 2002 - Mar 2004 Business Development (BD) Analyst, (RIF – post acquisition downsizing)

    General Dynamics-AIS/Veridian, Rosslyn, VA.  Supported sales growth pursuits in intelligence community space systems ground station upgrade, rapid prototyping, communications, high-end systems engineering and integration (SE&I).



    Feb 2001 - Nov 2002 Space Systems Ground Station Task Order Manager / Business Development Analyst, Raytheon IIS, Reston, VA.  Supported satellite ground station upgrade efforts on 3 intelligence community space systems ground station contract efforts.

    - Edited, compiled and book-checked proposal volumes, delivered proposals, supported color team reviews

      and Q&A on 5 ECPs and 6 TOs ($5M each) on a $10B IC space systems ground station contract.

    - Supported compliance matrix development and helped perform check on a $1B IC space system ground station color team review.



    Dec 1979 - Mar 2001 Space Systems Operations Superintendent, Master Sergeant, USAF. With duty at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).  Provided support to strategic and tactical IC and DoD clients, acquisition decision-makers, site inspections, system upgrades, factory testing, collaboration intelligence cells. Mentored, led and trained government and contractor personnel. Suggested 2 future space systems studies.  Satellite Operations, Space Control/Space Situational Awareness (SSA). Launch liaison for the NRO mission planning team for new satellites capabilities.

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