Obsidian Solutions Group Effects SME / Green Cell Lead in Joshua Tree, California

Effects SME / Green Cell Lead

Department: 1-Mission Support

Location: Joshua Tree, CA


Effects SME / Green Cell Lead


Primary Location: Joshua Tree, CA, US

Must be a U.S citizen

Security Clearance: Top Secret

Job Summary

The Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG) mission is to provide standardized advanced training and certification to Ground Combat Element (GCE) Operations Officers, Operations Chiefs, and select other GCE training specialists in GCE operations, combined arms planning and integration, and unit readiness planning at the company, battalion, and regiment levels to support GCE Training and Readiness (T&R) events.

The Effects Subject Matter Expert (SME) / Green Cell Lead will oversee the continued establishment and implementation of the Effects Cell and Green Cell within Exercise Control of Marine Corps Tactics Operations Group (MCTOG), the USMC Ground Combat Element (GCE) caretaker. The preferred candidate will possess detailed and functional knowledge of DoD/USMC Planning Processes and Marine Corps and joint doctrine related to Fires, Effects, Targeting, Information Operations to include all Information Related Capabilities (IRCs), Civil Affairs/Civil Military Operations, and Interagency roles and responsibilities in military operations. Additionally, acts as the MAGTF Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) or Division-level headquarters during exercise evolutions providing Effects Cell and Green Cell input to operational orders as well as reacting to subordinate requests from a regimental staff and other agencies involved in MCTOG exercises. Furthermore, the candidate will participate in Effects working groups, advocacy boards, and training courses at the Secret security level. Reviews, revises, writes, and provides comments on Marine Corps and joint doctrine documents, best practices, and TTP not covered by doctrine (i.e., Marine Corps Interim Publications, Pamphlet, GCE Advocacy matters).

Key Accountabilities

  • Supervise the conduct of the Effects / Green Cell Team; oversee, conduct, and produce assignments requiring -performance- to -expert- level knowledge of principles associated with non-lethal fires and effects, information operations, political factors, socioeconomic paradigms, cultural awareness, foreign media, and foreign area analysis; display ability to advise senior military leadership, operational and tactical level operators and commanders in Effects considerations.

  • Conduct tactical and operational Effects planning at the conceptual, functional, and detailed levels for service and functional component organizations and joint headquarters organizations as part of simulated exercises that support student development and operating force units.

  • Provide focused analysis of Effects on target populations during the execution of operations and warfighting functions to identify strengths and weaknesses as they occur during an event, model, or simulation and during preparation for the same.

  • Provide technical advice to Information Management Team, Exercise Control Staff, Modeling and Simulations Team, and Communication Division.

  • Prepare reports, briefs, and documents to support event scenario development and higher and adjacent headquarters functions.

  • Periodically travel to training events and/or systems courses.

  • Participate in and conduct reviews and structured walk-throughs of events, operation orders and plans, and information gathering requirements.

  • Create and edit documents, analyze problem areas, and suggest feasible solutions.

  • Review, write, and provide comments on Marine Corps and joint doctrine documents.

  • Attend conferences and meetings at the resident site and other locations off site.

  • Assist in exercise product development.

  • Assist in reviewing classified material and recommend a lesser classification for use in events, models, simulations, demonstrations, reports, and briefings.

  • Perform as Effects Cell and Green Cell Lead ISO response cells supporting exercises.

  • Prepare and present Fires and Effects/Green Cell course material in presentation format in seminar and auditorium type settings as either a briefing or as formal instruction.

  • Provide how-to instruction on detailed and functional Effects and Green Cell planning to student population and planning teams.

  • Observe and provide training, product/process review, and after-action feedback to selected elements of unit Fire Support Coordination Center (FSCC) operating at the Secret security level during MCTOG supported exercises and events.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Must have excellent written and oral communications skills.

  • Must possess self-motivation and a high level of discretion to work effectively.

  • Must be able to multi-task efficiently, work in a fast-paced environment on multiple projects and have a strong attention for detail.

Experience and Education

  • Bachelor-s degree is required; major in political science, management, military science, or equivalent area is desired.

  • A minimum of 10 years of operational experience in Fires and Effects or related fields is required.

  • A minimum of 3 years- experience in the following is required but not limited to:

  • military training and education

  • demonstrated knowledge of Fires doctrine, procedures, and command relationships at the tactical level

  • cumulative training, education, on-the-job training, and assignment to Effects / Green Cell billets

  • Attendance at career development courses or Intermediate Level School such as Marine Corps CSC is required. Civil Military Operations schools sponsored through MCCMOS, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group (EWTG), or US Army desired; other DOD sponsored equivalents are acceptable.

  • Former military experience and at least 3 years of operational IO experience is required.

  • Completion of a formal military Information Operations school such as MCIOC or DOD service equivalent required. USMC Command and Staff, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group (EWTG), or US Army desired; other DOD sponsored equivalents are acceptable.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • Garrison work environment including but not limited to:

  • occasional field/tactical environments

  • occasional extended working hours will be required

  • schedule: M-F 0700 to 1700


  • Domestic travel may be required for training and program coordination.

  • May be required to travel OCONUS to conduct installation, training or maintenance. Accordingly, a valid passport is required.

  • Travel is estimated to be up to 30%.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Company Overview

Obsidian Solutions Group (OSG) is a diversified consulting and technology company providing flexible and responsive solutions to federal, state, and local agencies and organizations. Our core domains are overseas and domestic mission support operations, collection/analysis/identification, and information technology. Obsidian Solutions Group is comprised of strategic and operational personnel who provide its clients deep domain expertise across a comprehensive spectrum of skill sets, allowing mission accomplishment and development of long-term capabilities.

Obsidian Solutions Group is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, any other non-merit factor, or any other characteristic protected by law.