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F-18 Mission Planning Specialist, Senior

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

F-18 Mission Planning Specialist, Senior

Acquisition Program Test & Evaluation Specialist


Eglin Air Force Base

Fort Walton Beach, Florida


HX5 is an award-winning provider of engineering, research and development, and technical services to clients such as NASA and the Department of Defense. Founded in 2004, HX5 is a fast-growing veteran- and woman-owned company with locations nationwide.


HX5 is currently seeking a F-18 Mission Planning Specialist to join our team at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida to support the Direct Attack Division, AFLCMC/EBD, which has responsibility for developing, producing, and sustaining Direct Attack Air-to-Ground weapons systems and subsystems for our nation's warfighters and foreign military customers.


These products consist of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), BLU-120, Joint Programmable Fuze (JPF), Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze (HTVSF), Medium Caliber Ammo and Foreign Military Sales of Direct Attack assets. Their mission is to advance combat capability through lifecycle management of direct attack systems and enterprise-level air armament mission planning capabilities; integrate existing standard munitions and launch platforms and integrate with C4I capabilities. Our ideal candidate is a former Hornet pilot with a current Secret clearance.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide knowledge and experience in weapon planning systems and subsystems with emphasis on Navy applications; specifically, F/A-18 operations and mission planning.

  • Analyze weapon and user requirements for derived subsystem requirements associated with navigation and guidance systems.

  • Understand operational real-time planning and preplanning systems for the employment of weapon systems in tactical aircraft and unmanned aerial systems development of mission planning support systems of active and passive weapon guidance systems.

  • Possess knowledge and experience in software engineering processes; mapping data, mapping data sources, accuracy and precision of map products; understanding of photogrammetric development of mapping products, imagery products, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) product specifications, production sources and methods; accuracy of guided weapons and sources of error associated with the weapons total error budget; the role of mission planning systems in the error budget of guided and unguided weapon systems; national and tactical sensor systems; targeting sensors and their use in weapon planning and operational use on tactical aircraft and unmanned aerial systems; NGA requirements process, and distribution; and DoD mission planning systems, requirements, acquisition, integration, testing, and fielding processes.

  • Possess Knowledge and experience in air tasking order methods and processes, in air operations centers, software interfaces, software verification/validation, agile software development, JMPS and other mission planning systems, and weapon fly-out modeling.

  • Possess Knowledge and experience in; F/A-18 operations (pilot or weapon systems officer), network-centric operations in tactical data links (Link-16, Combat Net Radio (CNR)/Variable Message Format (VMF) networks), unit-level C4I systems, and network connectivity/interoperability.


Education and Experience:

  • Must have one of the following combinations of education and experience:

    • AA/AS in a related field and 20 years of relevant experience.

    • BS in a related field and 15 years relevant experience.

    • MS in a related field and 10 years relevant experience.

  • Current or former pilot preferred (F-18 / Hornet ideal)

  • Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to all levels of company and customer staff and management


Must be able to travel as required (est. 20%) and rent/operate rental cars while on travel


Must be a US citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.


Must have at least a current Secret clearance.


HX5 offers a competitive salary and benefits package to include:

  • Medical/dental/vision insurance

  • 401(k) plan with company match

  • Paid holidays

  • Accrued Paid Time Off


HX5, LLC is an equal opportunity (M/F/D/V) and a Drug Free Workplace employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: employment@hxfive.com or call (850) 362-6551.



Posted: 2020-10-02 Expires: 2020-11-01

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