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Principal Military Trainer – World Class Opposing Forces (WCOPFOR) Staff Officer

Requisition ID: R10075773

  • Category IconCategory: Technical Support
  • Location IconLocation: Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems sector (NGDS) is seeking a Principal Military Trainer – World Class Opposing Forces (WCOPFOR) Staff Officer to join our growing team of diverse professionals supporting our Mission Command Training Program (MCTP) at Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas.  MCTP trains Army Corps, Divisions, and Brigades in the Army Mission Command Systems and Operations Process.  This is done through an integrated simulation to replicate a robust Operating Environment (OE).  Units conduct exercises in Large Scale Combat Operations with all appropriate operational variables that would be present in a theater of operations in order to develop efficiency in the operations process.

The World Class Opposing Forces (WCOPFOR) team plans, prepares, and executes five Division and/or CORPS level exercises per year.  During planning, the WCOPFOR uses the Military Decision Making Process to produce a competitive CORPS level Operations Order.  In the preparation, the WCOPFOR will brief the Competitive Operations Order to the OC/T’s of the other Operations Groups, and our Part Time employees that will conduct the exercise.  In the execution, the WCOPFOR will use the Operations Order to prosecute the war-fighting exercise.

WCOPFOR Responsibilities:

  • Conduct mission analysis of higher headquarters guidance (CSA, FORSCOM, CAC)

  • Produce a CORPS level Operations Order

  • Coordinate and synchronizing warfighting functions in all plans and orders

  • Develop plans, orders, branches, and sequels

  • Write Competitive orders for each respective Warfighter Exercise

Individual Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the planning, preparation, execution process

  • Operationally apply current Army and Joint Doctrine to develop War-fighting Functions (WfF) appropriate concepts for respective exercises

  • Write WfFs Annexes at the Corps and Land Component level to direct operations based on the developed concept

  • Integrate additional WfF personnel as required to facilitate planning and execution

  • Develop and present appropriate training to inform exercise support staff (MCTP, HICOM, Exercise Control Group) about the WCOPFOR Scheme of Manuever

  • Coordinate with adjacent divisions, Operations Groups, and organizations as directed

  • Attend weekly Exercise Planning Team (EPT) meetings for respective exercises to facilitate common understanding

  • May be required to travel for planning conferences (up to 10% of the time)

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

  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course, or MEL 4 equivalent Intermediate Level Education (ILE)

  • U.S. military service as a Field grade officer (Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel), Warrant Officer (W4/5) or Sergeant Major (E-9)

  • Familiar with current Army and Joint doctrine

  • Proficient with MS Office suite of software (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Access)

  • Must currently possess a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret security clearance

  • Must be able to work on-site at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas

  • Must be able to travel as needed (up to 10% of the time)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Former Battalion, Brigade, or Division Planner

  • Former Plans OCT

  • Mastery of U.S. Army Doctrine

  • Graduate degree

  • MEL 4 Resident ILE graduate

  • Experience in design and planning Army exercises

  • Retired Lieutenant Colonel (O5) equivalent or above

  • Brigade or higher staff officer experience

  • Familiar with current OPFOR Hybrid Threat Doctrine


Salary Range: $65,800 USD - $98,800 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. 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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.