CWMD Planner

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Oct 08, 2021
Oct 15, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Strategic Integration Directorate; Plans and Exercises Department.
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As a CWMD Planner at the GS-0301-13 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Serving as a Countering WMD (CWMD) strategy, policy, doctrine and planning specialist accomplishing broad analytical efforts upon which DTRA and the Plans & Exercises Department develop plans, strategy, and doctrine, as well as programs, policies, procedures and systems determinations related to the CWMD military missions and national security strategies.
  • Providing responsible interdisciplinary analytical capability involving broad, undefined complex issues of either a special or recurring nature.
  • Researching suspected problem areas; identifies key variables or factors; and developing practical and innovative solutions based on knowledge of the organization's long and short term goals.
  • Developing plans, providing CWMD planning support to Combatant Commands and DoD Components, and preparing, coordinating staffs and presenting DTRA, Directorates and Divisions positions on CWMD campaigns, crisis action and contingency plans affecting the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Joint Staff, Combatant Commands, DoD Components, Military Services, and Defense Agencies.
  • Independently planning and completing projects which may include preparation and presentation of decision papers, briefing materials, speeches, and correspondence.
  • Developing doctrinal concepts, position papers, and decision tools for integration into CWMD mission planning at strategic and operational levels.
  • Developing and presents formal briefings on the results of such projects to senior officials within DTRA, Combatant Commands, DoD Components, Services, Joint Staff and OSD.
  • Participating as member of a CWMD Plans Team able to deploy in support of the Combatant Commander and other federal departments/agencies(D/As) in crisis action planning and contingency operations.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Required/Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible on a situation basis
  • Must consent to and pass pre-employment drug testing and periodic random testing thereafter.
  • Position requires final Top Secret, based on a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). The position also requires access to Secure Compartmentalized Information (SCI).
  • Position requires domestic and international travel up to (but not limited to) 90 days per annum, including areas where austere conditions prevail
  • Requires pre-employment and annual deployment physical exams. Must meet the physical and medical requirements for deployment before and throughout employment.
  • This position is emergency-essential (E-E).
  • If deployed, this position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm.


You may qualify at the GS-13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Providing assessments and analysis of capability requirements to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction.
  • Obtaining, evaluating and applying a broad range of substantive information gathering and analysis techniques to program objective.
  • Developing plans, strategy, doctrine, programs, policies, and procedures related to CWMD military missions and national security strategies.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Additional information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: .

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
Persons with Disabilities - Schedule A
Special Hiring Authority for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

For more general hiring information, please visit:

Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

This position is emergency-essential (E-E).
In event of a crisis situation, the incumbent, or designated alternate, must continue to perform the E-E duties until relieved by proper authority. The incumbent or the designated alternate may be required to take part in readiness exercises. The position cannot be vacated during a national emergency or mobilization without seriously impairing the capability of the organization to function effectively; therefore, the position is designated "key" which requires the incumbent, or designated alternate, to be screened from military recall status.

This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g) (91). Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001).

Requires pre-employment and annual deployment physical exams. Must meet the physical and medical requirements for deployment before and throughout employment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Communication
  • CWMD Planning Disciplines
  • Problem Solving

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc...). Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

2. Veteran's Documents

  • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
  • DD214 showing character of service (e.g. Member 4, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty. NOTE: The "Member 1" copy of the DD 214 cannot be accepted since it does not contain the character of service.

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable).

Additional documentation required if previously or currently holding a Federal position: SF-50s showing highest grade held in the Competitive service.

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