Exercise Planner

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United States of America
US - HI, Fort Shafter
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Technical Support/Technician/Scientific
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Job Description:

Parsons is looking for an amazingly talented Exercise Planner to join our team! In this role you will play a crucial role in developing, coordinating, and executing military training exercises to enhance the readiness and effectiveness of United States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC). You will work closely with military leaders, various USARPAC staff elements, and external partners to design realistic and challenging scenarios that simulate combat, humanitarian assistance, and other operational environments. Your expertise will contribute to the continuous improvement of training programs and the overall preparedness of USARPAC operations in the Indo-Pacific Command’s (INDOPACOM) area of responsibility (AOR). As an exercise planner, you will work as part of a team of subject matter experts and must be self-motivated, able to produce high quality, doctrinally accurate, and operationally relevant exercise scenarios, and work with the customer to identify program requirements and milestones. Parsons is seeking exercise planners to work closely with our client in Honolulu, HI.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Plan, coordinate and execute USARPAC participation in assigned USINDOPACOM Joint Chiefs of Staff and service exercises
  • Develop training objectives in conjunction with exercise participants and USARPAC staff stakeholders
  • Draft and develop realistic threat scenarios, incorporating best-practice inputs from DoD and other agencies
  • Coordinate and manage exercise development in conjunction with USINDOPACOM and theater service component planners and participants
  • Ensure USARPAC and component exercises inform the Defense Readiness Reporting System and fully incorporate the Joint Lessons Learned system
  • Assist in management of JTIMS and other exercise information management systems
  • Enhance the command's capability to train and prepare for a broad spectrum of threats from real and/or simulated adversaries
  • Coordinate exercise criteria that will test and stress the command's training objectives
  • Consolidate and draft Exercise Summary Reports (ESR) related to exercise objectives, training objectives, and future design modifications
  • Coordinate and develop after action reports (AARs) that meet exercise requirements
  • CONUS and OCONUS travel may be required

What Required Skills You'll Bring:

  • 1+ years’ relevant experience with Masters in related field; 3+ years’ relevant experience with Bachelors in related field; or 6+ years’ relevant experience High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Prior experience as an exercise planner with the Department of Defense
  • Knowledge of the Joint Operational Planning and Execution System (JOPES)
  • Understanding of the Joint Exercise Lifecycle (JELC) planning process
  • Previous experience briefing senior leadership to include General Officers, Flag Officers, or Senior Executive Service level decision makers
  • Familiarity with civil-military operations, humanitarian assistance / disaster response, and peacekeeping operations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to proofread, edit, and finalize written products in support of senior-leader briefings
  • Valid US Passport
  • Active Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain a TS-level clearance, as required by the mission partner

What Desired Skills You'll Bring:

  • Experience as a USARPAC planner, DOD planner or experience with other INDOPACOM service component
  • Prior military experience at the Component Command level
  • Former Army Field Grade Officer or Senior NCO (E8) with exercise planning background highly desired
  • Experience supporting OCONUS theater operations
  • Previous experience with the Army Training Management System (ATMS) and its components Army Training Network (ATN), Unit Training Management (UTM), Digital Training Management System (DTMS), and Combined Arms Training Strategies (CATS)
  • Experience with the Military Decision Making Process

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:


This position is part of our Federal Solutions team.

Our Federal Solutions segment delivers resources to our US government customers that ensure the success of missions around the globe. Our diverse, intelligent employees drive the state of the art as they provide services and solutions in the areas of defense, security, intelligence, infrastructure, and environmental. We promote a culture of excellence and close-knit teams that take pride in delivering, protecting, and sustaining our nation's most critical assets, from Earth to cyberspace. Throughout the company, our people are anticipating what’s next to deliver the solutions our customers need now.

Salary Range: 

$70,500.00 - $168,700.00

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. Diversity is ingrained in who we are, how we do business, and is one of our company’s core values. Parsons equally employs representation at all job levels for minority, female, disabled, protected veteran and LGBTQ+.

We truly invest and care about our employee’s wellbeing and provide endless growth opportunities as the sky is the limit, so aim for the stars! Imagine next and join the Parsons quest—APPLY TODAY!

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Founded in 1944, Parsons Corporation, a digitally enabled solutions provider, is focused on creating the future of the defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets. From Earth to outer space, we deliver tomorrow’s solutions today. Equipped with the capabilities required to take on any defense, intelligence, or critical infrastructure challenge, our agile, innovative, and disruptive approach enables us to deliver solutions at the speed of relevance.

Our people are our greatest asset. We strive to be an employer of choice that engages employees in the community and creates rewarding career paths to cultivate a resilient workforce that is ready for the future.


Parsons has contributed to major infrastructure projects in Canada since the 1940’s, helping to design and build many well-known landscapes across the country, including the Regina Bypass, Turcot Exchange, Kicking Horse Canyon, Olivier-Charbonneau Bridge, and the Edmonton Light Rail Transit. Our markets are diverse, including Bridge, Tunnel, Road and Highway, Aviation, Rail and Transit, Smart Vehicle Solutions, Smart Mobility, Integrated Delivery, Environmental Remediation, Mining and Reclamation, and Water/Wastewater, as well as serving numerous industrial clients. The Parsons’ signature stands out and our achievements have been recognized via numerous awards for innovation and quality, particularly in long-span bridges, complex brigles, and major road networks expansions. Our teams work across Canada in many provinces, including Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Northern Territories and the Yukon.

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