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System Engineer

Aberdeen, MD
February 26, 2020

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John C. Lawhorn

**** ****** **. ***** ** Grace, MD 21078

443-***-**** cellular •


• Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Nett Warrior, Rifleman Radio, Command Post of the Future (CPOF) and JBC-P/BFT configuration and WIN-T operation

• Digital Systems Engineer with hands on experience in DCGS-A and other Mission Command Systems

• 25+ successful years of combined experience in Planning, Management, Operations, Information Technology/Programming, Analysis, Training, Communications/Electronics, Logistics, Maintenance, Security and Employee/Personnel Relations

• Highly effective in motivating and supervising employees; extremely logical and knowledgeable in decision-making processes

• Deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq as a Digital Systems Engineer (DSE).


Senior Systems Engineer for Insight Global, Fort Mead, Maryland 2019-Present

Network SME lead for A Company, 310MI BN, 902MI Group, INSCOM that provides IT support for a counterespionage and counterintelligence investigations, counterintelligence operations and multidiscipline counterintelligence technical operations unit.

- Primary duties include the following: operations and maintenance of the general service network infrastructure; troubleshooting and managing configurations on network routers, switches, encryptors, and firewalls; performs network and firewall engineering, monitoring and administration functions as required

- Provides initial analysis and troubleshooting on issues identified with network monitoring tools and provide troubleshooting support to end users on the network as well as other general networking tasks

- Provides initial analysis and troubleshooting on issues identified with network monitoring tools and provide troubleshooting support to end users on the network as well as other general networking tasks

- Develop Network diagram using MS Visio.

Senior Systems Engineer for SVS, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland 2018-2019

Embedded in Software Engineering Center (SEC) that provide sustainment support for DCGS-A sustainment program. Responsibilities include test and integration of both software and hardware and system administration support.

-Test DCGS-A domains to include SIGINT, All Source, Weather, IMINT and HUMINT

-SME for PM MC systems; built MC TSI stack for interoperability testing with DCGS-A

-Participate on IPTs that use Agile Scrum methodologies.

Senior Systems Engineer for ACI, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland 2014-2017

SME embedded with PM Tactical Radio, position provides Nett Warrior systems engineering support, as a member of the Government team, to a Government Program Management (PM) office for the specification and acquisition of systems that provide situational awareness and battle command to individual soldiers and small units. Interface with PM Chief Engineer and other program IPTs to facilitate two-way communications.

- Integrate and test Nett Warrior EUD with PEO C3T systems like AFADTS, JBC-P, AMDWS, PNT and Tactical Radios to include MNVR, PRC-155 and PRC-154As.

- Manage the change control process and support the change control meetings. Oversee the management of requirements including the establishment of traceability between requirements and proposed solutions. Oversee the management and maintenance of interface control documentation for electronic, software and mechanical interfaces.

- Monitor and report on progress of system specification, development, manufacturing, system integration, verification and testing activities.

- Monitor government and prime contractor programmatic activities, including Risk Management, Reliability Growth, Technical Performance Measures, System Metrics, and similar activities for PM. Monitor Government-conducted system level testing and verifications for the assigned product.

- Implement and manage appropriate and effective systems engineering processes and procedures. Plan, budget, organize, direct and control systems engineering tasks, people and resources. Manage and apply safe systems of work.

- Work with PM WIN-T on providing SATCOM support for dismounted soldiers using satellite communication/application.

- LNO between PEO Soldier, PEO C3T and PM PNT by participating in Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) and interfacing with Army C4ISR

systems and military network providers to facilitate interoperability.

Senior Principal Systems Engineer for QED Systems, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland 2012- 2014

Gather and refine high level requirements, manage requirements prioritization and categorization, and define, develop and document system architecture to meet requirements in Program Management Distributed Common Ground System- Army (PM DCGS-A).

- Define system processes (configuration management and requirements management); create and maintain Program Level Integrated Master Schedule (IMS)

- Create, define and process the required outcome for cross functional teams for trade studies; interface with high level Systems Engineering leads in determining the best course of action for software development

- Work with Program Level members at IPTs to ensure a unified system is designed, developed, tested, deployed, and maintained

- Follow DOD Architecture Framework (DODAF) to evaluate and test software inside a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF)

- Second role is Operations Support Lead who is responsible for scheduling, cost-benefit analysis for DCGS-A Increment 2 software, and lead support for operation in PM DCGS-A and Product Command Post Computing Environment (CPCE).

Senior Program Analyst and Program Manager for TAPE, APG, MD 2011- 2012

-Conducts independent evaluations of Army programs in order to document system capabilities and limitations, determine system effectiveness, suitability, survivability (ESS), and provide acquisition recommendations to Army leadership.

-Responsible for data collection, data analysis, test and evaluation (T&E) planning, monitoring and reporting for Army Evaluation Center (AEC)

-Participate in developing, updating, editing, and reviewing planning briefings of the Early Strategy Reviews (ESR), T&E Concept Brief, System Evaluation Plan (SEP), CG Army Training and Evaluation Command (ATEC) rock drill, and Concept In-Progress Reviews (IPRs)

- Participate in the development, updating, editing, and review of Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP), Modeling and Simulation (M&S), Verification Validation and Accreditation (VV&A), and Review Accreditation Plans to ensure they are completed and accurate

- Flag deficiencies in the Operational Test Plan (OTP), make recommendation by preparing and developing sample screen display using substitute data, in support of Event Design Review (EDR), or modify the sample screen displays in support of scheduled EDRs

- Establishes design concepts, criteria and engineering efforts for product research, development, integration and test.

- Coordinates the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications

- Participates in the negotiation of contract and contract change with Contract Office Representative (COR)

- Direct the work of employees assigned to the program from technical and administrative areas.

ABCS System of Systems Analyst- Lead for Northrop Grumman Information Technology, Grafenweohr, Germany 2008- 2011

- SME team lead that design, maintain, administer, train, integrate, test, and provide software configuration of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) systems supporting US Army, Joint, Coalition, and NATO operations

- Collective trainer in a formal classroom instruction in the use of DCGS-A and other Army Battle Command Systems

- Wrote training materials such as lesson plans, program of instruction, and other training materials

- System of systems trainer who provide over the shoulders (OTS) and hands-on training in Army ‘best practices’ use of ABCS as well as

Battle Command Server (BCS) during major exercises and training events.

Senior Network Engineer for Sigmatech, Ft. Hood, TX 2007 – 2008

- SME that created networks using Cisco switches and routers, write configurations and load them into switches and routers configurations and

IOS, troubleshoot any configuration issues or problems, and field train individuals in support of system architecture development and

Command Post operations for Army and DoD Command and Control networks

- Install, test and maintain network and computer hardware and supports New Equipment Fielding Facility on resetting communication

equipment in Command Post Platform (CPP) shelters.

- Work with enterprise level architecture team to implement network configurations including subnet and VLAN implementation, VOIP

telephony solutions, VPN tunneling, and wireless LAN implementation at various locations

- Provide technical training to soldiers on Command Post Communication and TOCNET systems in tactical environment.

Digital Systems Engineer for ManTech/L3 Ft. Hood, TX 2005 – 2007

- SME that trouble shoots problems on satellite network through Joint Network Node (JNN) now WIN-T.

- Provided worldwide on-site technical support and assistance to military end-users and the Central Technical Support Facility-Technical Division. Installed, repaired, and troubleshot, system hardware, software, and communication systems that support the Army Battle Command Systems (ABCS) and severs

- Provide technical support to Central Technical Support Facility-TD; configure ABCS systems and the communications network systems based on established architecture

- Deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan as BDE SME for ABCS to include their servers (Battle Command Common Server and CPOF repository)

- Assisted SNAP team on Ku and Ka band that provided satellite communication to small units at remote forward operation bases (FOB)

- Provide training to military leaders and operators with primary emphasis on Army Tactical Command and Control Systems (ATCCS) while in a tactical environment

MILITARY EXPERIENCE: Captain – U.S. Army Signal Corps, Battalion S6 and Brigade S6 1993-2003

Honorable Discharge, Top Secret

-Responsible for technical support in implementing operating system environments encompassing networks, mainframes and distributed and desktop platforms. Served as Staff Action Officer (Project Manager) for the integration of legacy and new data communication systems supporting information exchange globally

-Project manage the product lifecycle in maintaining tactical data communications systems. Developed the product concepts and led project development, procurement, installation and testing of field systems.

-Manage LAN installation and multi-platform systems, maintained network security, designed and maintained websites, and oversaw the high speed data network

-Provide technical support in VSAT, INMARSAT, TACSAT, and other SATCOM systems for a Medical brigade.

-Install, Operate and Maintain BDE Network and its servers.

-Direct design, development, management, customization, implementation, optimization and support of hardware/software and network configurations

-Manage installation of LAN and maintained a multi-platform administration for cost-effective use of existing hardware/software, scheduling for multiple-user email addresses/access and coordinating related functions

-Maintain network security; summarized current and projected architectural, hardware and software requirements and configurations for over 100 systems; designed and maintained website; fielded Tactical High-Speed Data Network (THSDN)

-Command an 80 personnel unit

-Facilitate implementation and enhancement of architecture to provide proactive monitoring, trending analysis, security audits, recognizing potential security breaks and solutions, and historical reporting for network infrastructures

EDUCATION: Masters in Human Resource Management, Troy University, Troy, Alabama 2005

Masters in Business Administration, Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma 2000

Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Troy University, Troy, Alabama 1993

CERTIFICATIONS: A+, Network+, CCNA, and Security+ CE

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