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Senior Technical Program Advisor – Cyber (Part Time)


Program Manager


Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States


***Must have an active DOE Q or active DOD Top Secret to apply!***

Leidos is hiring a part time time (~50% LOE) Senior Technical Program Advisor – Cyber to support the B61-12 Life Extension Program (inclusive of the B61-13 variant) within the NA-125/Office of Stockpile Modernization. This individual will provide technical, program and project management support to the NA-125.1 FPM, as well as liaison with other Defense Programs (DP), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and Department of Defense (DoD) organizations associated with the cyber surety related responsibilities. The work performed is extensive in scope and requires an experienced individual with demonstrated technical and program/project management expertise, ability to work in a highly dynamic environment, and interface with broad range of federal, military senior staff and leadership.

Location: This part-time contractor-support position is located on-site at the NNSA offices in Albuquerque NM.

The Senior Technical Program Advisor position is responsible for supporting the respective Federal Program Manager (FPM) and the Federal Program Office (FPO) in areas of cyber surety:

  • Implementing processes and procedures for specific weapons programs that ensure compliance with NNSA SD 452.1A
  • Interfacing with the NNSA Nuclear Enterprise Assurance Division (NA-121.4) to ensure that appropriate levels of information security are integrated into the DP architecture and weapon systems development lifecycle
  • Appropriately tailoring the NWCSP for specific weapon systems in a manner that meets the intent of NNSA SD 452.1A
  • Identifying cyber security requirements in analysis, design, acquisition, testing, installation, operation, upgrade, or replacement of assigned systems
  • Formulating draft elements of budget, working with the federal program management office to execute activities on schedule and within budget
  • Ensuring that cyber security requirements are implemented in M&O contracts.
  • Monitoring M&O compliance with cyber security requirements
  • Implements functions of the Information Security Owner (ISO) for the Federal program manager and reports on progress
  • On behalf of the FPM, interfacing with Department of Defense (DoD) to provide coordination and ensure that cyberspace surety principles are adequately implemented in operational use.
  • Writing and implementing plans to ensure that cyberspace surety requirements are completely addressed throughout the lifecycle of the system.

Responsibilities include:

  • Act as subject matter expert on establishment and execution of cyber policies and procedures through familiarity with identified knowledge requirements above.
  • Work with the NNSA NA-125.1/B61-12/B61-13 team, NA-125 team, NA-121 management, M&O contractors, and other stakeholders to examine statutory requirements, refine policy, staff and obtain approval, execute requirements, and monitor compliance across the NNSA Nuclear Security Enterprise.
  • Work with senior client managers to identify challenges and craft solutions. Use the principles of inherently federal functions and professional services to ensure that clients receive high-value products and services with minimal risk of inappropriate contractor-client interactions or the perception of in-propriety.
  • Take on Special Projects - Identify and implement new initiatives with key stakeholders to develop, champion, and launch new initiatives.
  • Manage Projects - Take ownership of projects/ programs from cradle to grave: business case, scope, cost, schedule, action cycles, risks, issues, decisions, interdependencies and milestones.

Required Education, Experience & Clearance

  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance and/or an active DOE Q clearance
  • Bachelor’s Degree in any of the following: Cyber Security, Math/Statistics, Engineering, or computer science (Masters degree preferred)
  • 12+ years of experience with significant industry experience in Cyber as applied to Aerospace/defense/nuclear weapons
  • Excellent written and communications skills
  • Expert level user in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of activities completed by functions such as Authorizing Official (AO), AO Designated Representative, Security Control Assessor (SCA), SCA Representative, Information System Security Manager (ISSM), Information System Security Engineer (ISSE), or Information System Security Officer (ISSO experience
  • Ability to apply CNSSI 1253 security controls to weapon systems
  • Ability to apply NIST SP 800-series risk management to weapon systems
  • Knowledgeable of the following Acts, Directives, Orders, Policies, etc
  • Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) 44 U.S.C. § 3541 as amended
  • Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Policies and Instructions
  • NIST Special Publication 800-series
  • Risk management framework (RMF) process for cybersecurity compliance
  • National Security Directive 42
  • Executive Order 13231
  • Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Policies and Instructions
  • NIST Special Publication 800-series

Preferred Experience:

  • Knowledge of USAF or USN nuclear weapons operations and systems

Additional Information:

The NNSA has instituted a Nuclear Weapon Cyberspace Surety Program (NWCSP) to ensure that it is compliant with National Security Directive 42 and FISMA 2014. NSD-42 and FISMA 2014 require the heads of executive departments and agencies to ensure that policies, procedures, guidelines, instructions, and standards issued pursuant to these directives and laws are implemented within their department or agencies. Specifically, NSD-42 and FISMA 2014 direct compliance with Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) policies and instructions. The Department of Energy (DOE) has complied with CNSS for enterprise information systems (through DOE Order [O] 205.1B, Department of Energy Cyber Security).

NNSA Defense Programs (NA-10, DP) has instituted a supplemental directive (NNSA SD 452.1A) which provides a framework to ensure that effectiveness of (DP) information systems. These systems include all forms of digital logic and digital systems, whether electronic, electro-mechanical, or mechanical, and surety controls in three major areas:

  • Information systems integral to a nuclear weapon.
  • NNSA and NNSA contractor-controlled information systems that directly interact with a nuclear weapon at any stage of the developmental or operational lifecycle.
  • Isolated (never connected directly or indirectly to the enterprise network) information technologies (ITs) and operational technologies—including manufacturing execution systems, industrial control systems, and test/diagnostic equipment—used to design, produce, and test equipment that is an integral part of a nuclear weapon.

The Office of Stockpile Modernization Federal Program Managers (FPMs) are responsible for management of all weapon system attributes throughout its lifecycle for systems under their purview and must fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Ensures Cyberspace Surety Risk Management Framework (CSRMF) requirements are identified and integrated into the requirements analysis, design, acquisition, testing, installation, operation, upgrade, or replacement of assigned systems and are visible in program budgets and contracts.
  • Performs as the Information Security Owner (ISO) for the tail information systems.
  • Ensures the DoD coordination needed to address cyberspace surety principles and support cyber resiliency in operational use.
  • Ensures cyberspace surety requirements are completely addressed throughout the lifecycle of the system.
  • Ensures Authorization to Operate (ATOs) are maintained and development plans are established and executed for periodic upgrades that address ATO renewals.
  • Develops cyberspace surety risk mitigation plans and corrective actions; ensures they are properly documented; and tracks resolution by assigning resources, milestones, and estimated completion dates.

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $122,200.00 - $220,900.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.