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    The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)) is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on acquisition and sustainment in the Department of Defense (DoD).

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    The Director for Air Platforms & Weapons is responsible for portfolio management, policy, and investments in the portfolio of aircraft-related missions and capabilities to include strategic, tactical, mobility, and special-purpose fixed-wing aircraft, air launched weapons, associated sensors and mission equipment. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Provides strategic and programmatic fixed wing aircraft and weapons expertise and advises the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, USD(A&S), and ASD(A).
    • Leads the conduct of mission thread analyses within the incumbent' s assigned portfolio. Develops quantitative and qualitative measures of performance or effectiveness, tied to factors that impact operational mission success. Develops and analyzes mission success criteria that may vary by tactical situation and/or by individual platform/system. Responsible for performing Mission Engineering, analyzing kill-chains and effects-chains to ensure prioritized missions can be successfully executed. Provides guidance and feedback on the results of independent analysis and assessments to Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff and military departments.
    • Manages and analyzes the air platforms and weapons portfolio across the Department to assess cost, schedule, and performance risks to that portfolio. Leverages Department-wide data to identify capability gaps across Services and working with Services, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E) ), and other organizations to address these gaps.
    • Analyzes the portfolio of programs involving strategic, tactical, mobility, and special-purpose fixed-wing aircraft, air launched weapons, sensors, and mission equipment. This responsibility includes appraisal and coordination of: initial exploratory efforts, transition of technology, engineering development programs, and procurement of end items.
    • Correlates needs and funding for programs in the aircraft and weapons portfolio including Special Access Programs (SAP) with technical program opportunities, performance, costs, and schedules. Makes value and cost trade-off selections among competing technologies and resources. Takes action to initiate, support, change direction, or terminate programs with the portfolio.
    • Provides technical direction and integration efforts across DoD components, and synchronize critical air platform and weapon capabilities, to include Major Defense Acquisition Programs and related non-program specific capabilities.
    • Prepares studies and analyses as required to support Congressional requirements and to enhance the performance of aforementioned duties.
    • The incumbent reviews foreign developments for possible utilization in U.S. military system acquisition programs.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0801 General Engineering

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