Airborne Advanced Tactical Data Link Systems Engineer Advisor / Site Lead

Clearance Level
Systems Engineering
San Diego, California

REQ#: RQ129621

Travel Required: 10-25%
Requisition Type: Regular

Airborne Advanced Tactical Data Link Systems Engineer Advisor and Site Lead

(COMSEC, Link-16, MIDS JTRS, NIWC PAC, ATDL, Software Defined Radio, Keying Material, cryptographic)

We are GDIT. The people supporting and securing some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. Our work has meaning and impact on the world around us, but also on us, and that’s important.

GDIT is your place. You make it your own by embracing autonomy, seizing opportunity, and being trusted to deliver your best every day.

We think. We act. We deliver. There is no challenge we can’t turn into opportunity. And our work depends on a Systems Engineer Advisor / Site Lead joining our team to support NIWC PAC code 53500 with ATDL Integration Support to the Fleet. The role requires the ability to successfully manage both program technical and management priorities. The Site Lead is responsible for supervising direct reports. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are essential in this role.

At GDIT, people are our differentiator. As a Systems Engineer Advisor / Site Lead a typical day may include the following:

Technical duties

  • Provide Communication Security (COMSEC) engineering support to the Multifunction Information Distribution System (MIDS) Program Office for MIDS, Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), and Tactical Targeting and Networking Technology (TTNT). 
  • Conduct Simple Key Loader (SKL) User Application Software (UAS) testing and user training. 
  • Provide MIDS, Low Volume Terminal (LVT), JTRS, and TTNT COMSEC training to US and foreign military, integration facility engineers and industry partners, as required.
  • Conduct Host Initialization File (HIF) and Mission Planning File (MPF) encryption for all MIDS/JTRS/TTNT platforms for both NIWC-based and industry testing. 
  • Perform as Controlling Authority to manage of all U.S. Navy controlled Link-16/MIDS JTRS cryptographic Keying Material and contractor COMSEC accounts worldwide. 
  • Provide real-time testing and troubleshooting of Link-16 COMSEC equipment use. 
  • Provide oversight and support to the NIWC PAC Secure Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) room. 
  • Perform MIDS JTRS software package NSA signature encryptions.
  • Support MIDS Program Office Information Assurance (IA) team meetings.
  • Respond and manage requests for Navy Link-16 legacy and crypto modernized keying material for US military, industrial partners, and international allies.

Site Lead duties

  • Serve as advisor to management for program technical and development needs.
  • Generate team status reports.
  • Responsible for timecards and performance reviews of direct reports.
  • Perform hiring and onboarding new team members.
  • Assist management with CDRL document deliverables.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or physics
  • Minimum of 3 years tactical systems analyst experience in DOD tactical communication systems projects.
    • NOTE: 5 Additional years of experience (more than the 3 specified above) may be substituted for the education requirement)
  • Active Top Secret clearance
  • Current tactical communication system analysis experience (within the last 2 years) in Tactical Communications Systems to include TDL, ATDL, SDR, and/or related C4I systems.
  • Desired experience should include TDL/ATDL troubleshooting; analyzing requirements; requirements traceability; functional and performance T&E planning and execution.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience leading teams.
  • Ability to work on-site NIWC Pacific, Point Loma San Diego, CA


  • Competitive and broad benefits package
  • Full-time, 40-hour work week, 9/80 schedule
  • Project offers autonomy, challenging work, and team environment


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About Our Work

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

COVID-19 Vaccination

GDIT does not have a vaccination mandate applicable to all employees. To protect the health and safety of its employees and to comply with customer requirements, however, GDIT may require employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.