CO-OPL-002 Cyber Ops Planner

Provides specialized denial and deception operations and collection of cybersecurity information that may be used to develop intelligence.

Performs in-depth joint targeting and cybersecurity planning process. Gathers information and develops detailed Operational Plans and Orders supporting requirements. Conducts strategic and operational-level planning across the full range of operations for integrated information and cyberspace operations.

Develops detailed plans for the conduct or support of the applicable range of cyber operations through collaboration with other planners, operators and/or analysts. Participates in targeting selection, validation, synchronization, and enables integration during the execution of cyber actions.

Knowledges 77

Code Description Work Roles
K0001 Knowledge of computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies. 52
K0002 Knowledge of risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk). 52
K0003 Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity and privacy. 52
K0004 Knowledge of cybersecurity and privacy principles. 52
K0005 Knowledge of cyber threats and vulnerabilities. 52
K0006 Knowledge of specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses. 52
K0036 Knowledge of human-computer interaction principles. 12
K0108 Knowledge of concepts, terminology, and operations of a wide range of communications media (computer and telephone networks, satellite, fiber, wireless). 11
K0109 Knowledge of physical computer components and architectures, including the functions of various components and peripherals (e.g., CPUs, Network Interface Cards, data storage). 15
K0347 Knowledge and understanding of operational design. 3
K0349 Knowledge of website types, administration, functions, and content management system (CMS). 8
K0350 Knowledge of accepted organization planning systems. 3
K0352 Knowledge of forms of intelligence support needs, topics, and focus areas. 2
K0362 Knowledge of attack methods and techniques (DDoS, brute force, spoofing, etc.). 9
K0377 Knowledge of classification and control markings standards, policies and procedures. 7
K0379 Knowledge of client organizations, including information needs, objectives, structure, capabilities, etc. 7
K0392 Knowledge of common computer/network infections (virus, Trojan, etc.) and methods of infection (ports, attachments, etc.). 9
K0395 Knowledge of computer networking fundamentals (i.e., basic computer components of a network, types of networks, etc.). 10
K0399 Knowledge of crisis action planning and time sensitive planning procedures. 2
K0400 Knowledge of crisis action planning for cyber operations. 3
K0403 Knowledge of cryptologic capabilities, limitations, and contributions to cyber operations. 5
K0408 Knowledge of cyber actions (i.e. cyber defense, information gathering, environment preparation, cyber-attack) principles, capabilities, limitations, and effects. 3
K0411 Knowledge of cyber laws and legal considerations and their effect on cyber planning. 3
K0414 Knowledge of cyber operations support or enabling processes. 4
K0417 Knowledge of data communications terminology (e.g., networking protocols, Ethernet, IP, encryption, optical devices, removable media). 10
K0422 Knowledge of deconfliction processes and procedures. 3
K0431 Knowledge of evolving/emerging communications technologies. 11
K0432 Knowledge of existing, emerging, and long-range issues related to cyber operations strategy, policy, and organization. 3
K0435 Knowledge of fundamental cyber concepts, principles, limitations, and effects. 5
K0436 Knowledge of fundamental cyber operations concepts, terminology/lexicon (i.e., environment preparation, cyber-attack, cyber defense), principles, capabilities, limitations, and effects. 8
K0444 Knowledge of how Internet applications work (SMTP email, web-based email, chat clients, VOIP). 11
K0445 Knowledge of how modern digital and telephony networks impact cyber operations. 9
K0446 Knowledge of how modern wireless communications systems impact cyber operations. 8
K0455 Knowledge of information security concepts, facilitating technologies and methods. 3
K0464 Knowledge of intelligence support to planning, execution, and assessment. 6
K0465 Knowledge of internal and external partner cyber operations capabilities and tools. 6
K0471 Knowledge of Internet network addressing (IP addresses, classless inter-domain routing, TCP/UDP port numbering). 9
K0480 Knowledge of malware. 8
K0494 Knowledge of objectives, situation, operational environment, and the status and disposition of internal and external partner collection capabilities available to support planning. 2
K0497 Knowledge of operational effectiveness assessment. 2
K0499 Knowledge of operations security. 8
K0501 Knowledge of organization cyber operations programs, strategies, and resources. 3
K0502 Knowledge of organization decision support tools and/or methods. 2
K0504 Knowledge of organization issues, objectives, and operations in cyber as well as regulations and policy directives governing cyber operations. 3
K0506 Knowledge of organization objectives, leadership priorities, and decision-making risks. 3
K0507 Knowledge of organization or partner exploitation of digital networks. 6
K0508 Knowledge of organization policies and planning concepts for partnering with internal and/or external organizations. 3
K0511 Knowledge of organizational hierarchy and cyber decision-making processes. 6
K0512 Knowledge of organizational planning concepts. 3
K0514 Knowledge of organizational structures and associated intelligence capabilities. 3
K0516 Knowledge of physical and logical network devices and infrastructure to include hubs, switches, routers, firewalls, etc. 10
K0518 Knowledge of planning activity initiation. 2
K0519 Knowledge of planning timelines adaptive, crisis action, and time-sensitive planning. 2
K0525 Knowledge of required intelligence planning products associated with cyber operational planning. 2
K0534 Knowledge of staff management, assignment, and allocation processes. 1
K0538 Knowledge of target and threat organization structures, critical capabilities, and critical vulnerabilities 3
K0556 Knowledge of telecommunications fundamentals. 6
K0560 Knowledge of the basic structure, architecture, and design of modern communication networks. 10
K0561 Knowledge of the basics of network security (e.g., encryption, firewalls, authentication, honey pots, perimeter protection). 8
K0565 Knowledge of the common networking and routing protocols (e.g. TCP/IP), services (e.g., web, mail, DNS), and how they interact to provide network communications. 11
K0566 Knowledge of the critical information requirements and how they're used in planning. 2
K0572 Knowledge of the functions and capabilities of internal teams that emulate threat activities to benefit the organization. 2
K0576 Knowledge of the information environment. 1
K0582 Knowledge of the organizational planning and staffing process. 2
K0585 Knowledge of the organizational structure as it pertains to full spectrum cyber operations, including the functions, responsibilities, and interrelationships among distinct internal elements. 3
K0586 Knowledge of the outputs of course of action and exercise analysis. 2
K0589 Knowledge of the process used to assess the performance and impact of operations. 2
K0590 Knowledge of the processes to synchronize operational assessment procedures with the critical information requirement process. 2
K0593 Knowledge of the range of cyber operations and their underlying intelligence support needs, topics, and focus areas. 2
K0594 Knowledge of the relationships between end states, objectives, effects, lines of operation, etc. 2
K0597 Knowledge of the role of network operations in supporting and facilitating other organization operations. 1
K0598 Knowledge of the structure and intent of organization specific plans, guidance and authorizations. 6
K0599 Knowledge of the structure, architecture, and design of modern digital and telephony networks. 5
K0603 Knowledge of the ways in which targets or threats use the Internet. 6
K0610 Knowledge of virtualization products (VMware, Virtual PC). 7
K0612 Knowledge of what constitutes a “threat” to a network. 8
K0614 Knowledge of wireless technologies (e.g., cellular, satellite, GSM) to include the basic structure, architecture, and design of modern wireless communications systems. 7

Skills 18

Code Description Work Roles
S0218 Skill in evaluating information for reliability, validity, and relevance. 8
S0249 Skill in preparing and presenting briefings. 8
S0296 Skill in utilizing feedback to improve processes, products, and services. 9
S0297 Skill in utilizing virtual collaborative workspaces and/or tools (e.g., IWS, VTCs, chat rooms, SharePoint). 7
S0176 Skill in administrative planning activities, to include preparation of functional and specific support plans, preparing and managing correspondence, and staffing procedures. 4
S0185 Skill in applying analytical methods typically employed to support planning and to justify recommended strategies and courses of action. 3
S0186 Skill in applying crisis planning procedures. 3
S0213 Skill in documenting and communicating complex technical and programmatic information. 3
S0250 Skill in preparing plans and related correspondence. 5
S0273 Skill in reviewing and editing plans. 3
S0309 Skill to anticipate key target or threat activities which are likely to prompt a leadership decision. 2
S0312 Skill to apply the process used to assess the performance and impact of cyber operations. 2
S0322 Skill to craft indicators of operational progress/success. 2
S0333 Skill to graphically depict decision support materials containing intelligence and partner capability estimates. 2
S0209 Skill in developing and executing comprehensive cyber operations assessment programs for assessing and validating operational performance characteristics. 1
S0326 Skill to distinguish between notional and actual resources and their applicability to the plan under development. 2
S0349 Skill to synchronize operational assessment procedures with the critical information requirement process. 1
S0360 Skill to analyze and assess internal and external partner cyber operations capabilities and tools. 6

Abilities 16

Code Description Work Roles
A0013 Ability to communicate complex information, concepts, or ideas in a confident and well-organized manner through verbal, written, and/or visual means. 14
A0066 Ability to accurately and completely source all data used in intelligence, assessment and/or planning products. 12
A0070 Ability to apply critical reading/thinking skills. 9
A0089 Ability to function in a collaborative environment, seeking continuous consultation with other analysts and experts—both internal and external to the organization—to leverage analytical and technical expertise. 13
A0085 Ability to exercise judgment when policies are not well-defined. 9
A0082 Ability to effectively collaborate via virtual teams. 7
A0074 Ability to collaborate effectively with others. 6
A0067 Ability to adjust to and operate in a diverse, unpredictable, challenging, and fast-paced work environment. 3
A0068 Ability to apply approved planning development and staffing processes. 3
A0077 Ability to coordinate cyber operations with other organization functions or support activities. 4
A0081 Ability to develop or recommend planning solutions to problems and situations for which no precedent exists. 3
A0090 Ability to identify external partners with common cyber operations interests. 5
A0094 Ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, and guidance relevant to organization cyber objectives. 6
A0096 Ability to interpret and understand complex and rapidly evolving concepts. 4
A0098 Ability to participate as a member of planning teams, coordination groups, and task forces as necessary. 5
A0105 Ability to tailor technical and planning information to a customer’s level of understanding. 7

Tasks 43

Code Description Work Roles
T0563 Provide input to the analysis, design, development or acquisition of capabilities used for meeting objectives. 2
T0571 Apply expertise in policy and processes to facilitate the development, negotiation, and internal staffing of plans and/or memorandums of agreement. 2
T0579 Assess target vulnerabilities and/or operational capabilities to determine course of action. 2
T0581 Assist and advise interagency partners in identifying and developing best practices for facilitating operational support to achievement of organization objectives. 3
T0592 Provide input to the identification of cyber-related success criteria. 2
T0622 Develop, review and implement all levels of planning guidance in support of cyber operations. 1
T0627 Contribute to crisis action planning for cyber operations. 3
T0628 Contribute to the development of the organization's decision support tools if necessary. 2
T0635 Coordinate with intelligence and cyber defense partners to obtain relevant essential information. 2
T0640 Use intelligence estimates to counter potential target actions. 2
T0648 Determine indicators (e.g., measures of effectiveness) that are best suited to specific cyber operation objectives. 2
T0654 Develop and maintain deliberate and/or crisis plans. 1
T0655 Develop and review specific cyber operations guidance for integration into broader planning activities. 1
T0658 Develop cyber operations plans and guidance to ensure that execution and resource allocation decisions align with organization objectives. 1
T0665 Develop or participate in the development of standards for providing, requesting, and/or obtaining support from external partners to synchronize cyber operations. 2
T0667 Develop potential courses of action. 2
T0670 Develop, implement, and recommend changes to appropriate planning procedures and policies. 3
T0672 Devise, document, and validate cyber operation strategy and planning documents. 1
T0679 Ensure operational planning efforts are effectively transitioned to current operations. 1
T0680 Ensure that intelligence planning activities are integrated and synchronized with operational planning timelines. 2
T0690 Evaluate intelligence estimates to support the planning cycle. 2
T0699 Facilitate interactions between internal and external partner decision makers to synchronize and integrate courses of action in support of objectives. 2
T0703 Gather and analyze data (e.g., measures of effectiveness) to determine effectiveness, and provide reporting for follow-on activities. 1
T0704 Incorporate cyber operations and communications security support plans into organization objectives. 1
T0764 Provide subject matter expertise to planning efforts with internal and external cyber operations partners. 2
T0719 Identify cyber intelligence gaps and shortfalls for cyber operational planning. 2
T0732 Integrate cyber planning/targeting efforts with other organizations. 2
T0733 Interpret environment preparations assessments to determine a course of action. 2
T0734 Issue requests for information. 4
T0739 Maintain relationships with internal and external partners involved in cyber planning or related areas. 3
T0741 Maintain situational awareness of cyber-related intelligence requirements and associated tasking. 1
T0742 Maintain situational awareness of partner capabilities and activities. 1
T0743 Maintain situational awareness to determine if changes to the operating environment require review of the plan. 2
T0747 Monitor and evaluate integrated cyber operations to identify opportunities to meet organization objectives. 2
T0763 Conduct long-range, strategic planning efforts with internal and external partners in cyber activities. 4
T0772 Prepare for and provide subject matter expertise to exercises. 3
T0787 Provide input for the development and refinement of the cyber operations objectives, priorities, strategies, plans, and programs. 2
T0791 Provide input to the administrative and logistical elements of an operational support plan. 1
T0795 Provide planning support between internal and external partners. 2
T0801 Recommend refinement, adaption, termination, and execution of operational plans as appropriate. 2
T0813 Review, approve, prioritize, and submit operational requirements for research, development, and/or acquisition of cyber capabilities. 1
T0823 Submit or respond to requests for deconfliction of cyber operations. 2
T0836 Document lessons learned that convey the results of events and/or exercises. 3