Systems Interoperability and Integration Engineer SME

Job Locations US-MA-Bedford / Hanscom AFB
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/6/2024 10:02 PM)
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Systems Interoperability and Integration Subject Matter Expert (SME)


Be the Difference 

Astrion offers comprehensive services that boost preparedness, optimize performance, and ensure success across various domains, from Cyber to Digital, Mission and Systems, servicing our nation's Civilian, Defense and Space communities. We support customers with Centers of Excellence in Washington DC, Huntsville, AL and Burlington, MA with an additional 36 locations across the U.S.


Astrion has an exciting opportunity for an Systems Interoperability and Integration Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program, which is within the Aerial Networks Division (AFLCMC/HNA) and located at Hanscom AFB, MA.

This position provides operational and technical subject matter expertise supporting the Aerial Network Division on the integration and operation of communication and data link systems on USAF airborne and ground platforms in a complex, coalition battlefield environment. 



JOB STATUS:  Full Time, Salaried

TRAVEL:  CONUS travel up to 10% may be required

SECURITY CLEARANCE: A Top Secret security clearance is required



  • Advise and assist the Division leadership with respect to application and integration of Link 16 mil standards, specifically Mil Std 6016, on a variety of Air Force systems.
  • Advise Program Managers on issues and best practices integration and operation of communication and data link systems within operational systems.
  • Participate in government led meetings and discussions to form and align integration strategies for communication and data links present and future systems
  • Provide datalink expertise and guidance on the technical aspects and status of operational systems including terminals and ground support systems.
  • Provide Link 16 network operation and design expertise to include network design and management, and cryptographic applications and management.
  • Provide leadership and staff status updates on the latest Link 16 waveform changes and systems upgrades.


  • Experience with the development, application, and integration of data link waveforms on DoD datalink platforms including airborne and ground systems
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with Mil Std 6016F/G (Tactical Datalink 16 Message Standard)
  • Knowledge and experience of the applications of Link 16 message formats in an operational environment
  • Experience with/as Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO) (desired)
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing, providing quality acquisition and program documentation (briefings, documents, plans, etc.)
  • Advanced degree (MA/MS) and 12 years of experience (5 years DoD), or BA/BS degree and 15 years of experience (5 years DoD), or 20 years of directly related experience (8 years DoD)




What We Offer 

  • Competitive salaries
  • Continuing education assistance
  • Professional development allotment
  • Multiple healthcare benefits packages
  • 401K with employer matching
  • Paid time off (PTO) along with a federally recognized holiday schedule


Who We Are


At Astrion, we innovate, elevate, and shape the world of tomorrow. At our core is our purpose to “Be the Difference”. This means we encourage our employees to take action and be the driving force for positive change. We foster an environment where innovative solutions flourish and our company continuously evolves.


We have a culture of care, empathy, and making a tangible difference within our organization and communities. We embrace continuous learning, growth, and innovation, and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. We promote collaboration and empowering our teams is at the core of our success.


Join Astrion and Be the Difference in your career and the world!


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