Datalink Subject Matter Expert

The Challenge:

Are you looking for an opportunity to combine your technical skills with big picture thinking to make an impact in developing new tactical datalinks and airborne networks for the US Air Force (AF)? You understand your customer’s environment and how to develop the right systems for their mission. Your ability to translate real-world needs into technical specifications, makes you an integral part of delivering a customer focused engineering solution.

As a systems engineer on our team, you have the chance to shape tactical communications for the AF by leading efforts to engage a combat command as the lead command for airborne networking. Your customer will trust you to not only design and develop these systems, but also evolve them with advanced technology solutions. On our team, you’ll be able to broaden your skillset into areas like evolving antenna and software defined radio (SDR) technology, agile system development, and model-based systems engineering. Grow your skills by merging your background knowledge of ACC/A5J to create prototypes and orchestrate demonstrations in conjunction with other members of the team, as well as the government program office for tactical datalinks. Join our team and create the future of airborne networking in the US Air Force.

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Build Your Career:

When you join Booz Allen, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other professionals doing similar work across multiple markets. You’ll share best practices and work through challenges as you gain experience and mentoring to develop your career. In addition, you will have access to a wealth of training resources through our Engineering & Science University, an online learning portal where you can access more than 5000 tech courses, certifications and books. Build your technical skills through hands-on training on the latest tools and tech from our in-house experts. Pursuing certifications? Take advantage of our tuition assistance, on-site courses, vendor relationships, and a network of experts who can give you helpful tips. We’ll help you develop the career you want as you chart your own course for success.

You Have:

-Experience with tactical datalinks (TDLs) and airborne networks

-Knowledge of ACC/A5J and how they are organized as the lead command for TDL requirements

-Knowledge of the Airborne Networks Program Office

-Ability to comprehend associated technology, including SDRs, advanced antennas, and gateways to support the development of advanced TDLs

-Secret clearance

-BA or BS degree

Nice If You Have:

Experience with specific TDLs, including Link 16, IFDL, and MADL

-Knowledge of AF and DoD processes for prototyping, demonstration, and development, including activities, such as Joint Capability Technology Demonstrations (JCTDs) and other related initiatives

-Ability to translate highly technical concepts into operational terms

-Top Secret clearance

-MA or MS degree


Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information; Secret clearance is required.

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