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Working As A Watch Officer

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $124,880

    Average Salary

What Does A Watch Officer Do At Data Solutions & Technology, Incorporated

* Support 24x7 IOC activities, as deemed appropriate by the Government
* Perform as Emergency Essential personnel.
* Remain on duty until appropriately relieved.
* Mobilize to report to designated alternate facilities local and remote and execute assigned duties for potentially extended periods of time during emergency situations (actual or exercises).
* Maintain the ability to operate the alternate facilities and demonstrate this ability upon request of the Government (actual or exercises).
* Provide current intelligence information to IN leadership via notification reports, situation reports, and preparation of read books and National Security Council (NSC) books.
* Brief IN senior officials and, as authorized, DOE Department principals on current intelligence issues and late breaking developments.
* Receive, transmit, control, and distribute critical documents for senior leadership
* Operate intelligence and national security information systems; serve as the Department's link with the U
* S. Intelligence Community for time-sensitive activities.
* Provide support assistance to senior DOE officials during international travel.
* Develop processes for and carry out procedures related to maintenance of Intelligence Operations Center equipment or documentation, e.g. maintenance of Intelligence Operations Center emergency deployment kits or updating of Departmental emergency phone lists.
* Support special projects and additional tasks in response to emergent needs.
* Conduct research and analysis of complex operational issues and distribute information from intelligence, operations, and open sources.
* Ensure that briefings, read-books, papers, responses to questions, coordination of articles, desk-notes, information papers, and slides are delivered in a timely, accurate and focused way in support of wider DOE operations.
* Print, distribute and review read books, ensuring a high standard of accuracy and proper writing style.
* Provide Document Control management by ensuring all documents entering or exiting the IOC are controlled through proper logging, digitizing and storing.
* Approve and enforce policies and practices regarding documents, including their organization and disposal.
* Maintain a document storage plan, which includes the short and long-term housing of physical records and digital information.
* Execute retention policy on the disposal of documents which are no longer required for operational reasons.
* Assist the Senior Watch Officer (SWO), or designee, in the update of Standard Operating Procedures.
* Ensure senior leaderships hot button issues are monitored and tracked by creating, maintaining, updating and manipulating, intelligence data sets in various spreadsheets.
* Provide Secure Video Teleconferencing support to Senior Leadership.
* Maintain situational awareness of world events by monitoring intelligence and other USG reporting as well as Open Source reporting via classified and unclassified systems.
* Communicate with IC partners to maintain awareness of issues which may be of interest and significance to DOE leadership.
* Maintain a working knowledge of the DOE and IC organization and the priorities to effectively identify issues requiring/warranting executive attention.
* Alert DOE
* IN leadership of significant event which may require action by DOE or any of its components.
* Forward relevant intelligence reporting to DOE
* IN senior leadership.
* Alert DOE
* IN senior leadership to events and reporting of interest.
* Receive and track National Security Council (NSC) meetings, agendas, and read-aheads.
* Manage eWASH, WASHFAX, and associated Crisis Management System (CMS) operations
* Act as the 24-hour intelligence point-of-contact (POC) for the DOE.
* Act as the 24-hour POC for DOE
* IN personnel in emergencies.
* Monitor intelligence traffic utilizing DOE
* IN-designated networks and databases.
* Monitor and answer all commercial and secure phones related to the IOC.
* Perform other situational awareness and communications facilitation functions, as required.
* Perform guidance and on the job training as necessary for IOC Intelligence Watch Officers
* Collaborate and crosstalk daily via phone and electronic mail with IC partners to maintain awareness of issues which may be of interest and significance to DOE leadership, and provide documentation of all activities and communications in the form of standardized log notes.
* Update team personnel information and contact cards.
* Act as the after-hour courier receiver for classified deliveries to DOE.
* Conduct periodic local and out-of-area visits to interact with IC partners in support of IOC watch functions as required/time permits.
* Perform other administrative and operational tasks which may be directed in order to ensure efficient operation of the IOC.
* Perform various duties of the Executive Secretariat during non-business hours, as

What Does A Watch Officer Do At Mantech

* As required, brief senior leadership daily on emerging threats, high profile incidents, and upcoming events
* Possess experience leading cyber, technical, or analytical teams
* Conduct cyber intelligence link analysis utilizing open-source and classified research on emerging/trending threats and vulnerabilities
* Collaborate between CIRT elements as necessary during incident detection and response stages
* Respond promptly to all request for support whether telephonic, via e-mail or instant messenger
* Create releasable finished intelligence products and reports for the IC as well as IC Senior Leadership
* Maintain incident case management database for all reported incidents
* Analyze incidents and events captured in the Case Management Database for trends, patterns, or actionable information
* Review incidents and events captured in the Case Management Database after closure for investigative sufficiency and timeliness
* Leverage existing business processes and where necessary define and document new repeatable business processes and procedures
* Establish a baseline understanding of IC-wide network assets and capabilities through community outreach and persistent communication with IC elements
* Research external information on events, incidents, outages, threats, and technical vulnerabilities
* Coordinate and disseminate the best course of action for the IC enterprise during cybersecurity events, incidents, outages, threats and
* technical vulnerabilities with IC
* IRC fusion analysis team
* Coordinate individual organizational actions to reduce overall shared risk to the IC Information Environment (IC IE)
* Assess incidents to identify type of attack, estimate impact, and collect evidence
* Recommend range of mitigation actions for decision making at the Action
* Officer and Senior Leadership level

What Does A Watch Officer Do At SAIC

* Provides support to Watch Officers
* Monitor network and server performance; assess potential problems with emphasis on designated Critical Sites o Networks, Applications, Hosting, Voice, and Security o Work with Service Operations team staff during the installation, upgrade, or decommissioning of infrastructure equipment or software to monitor and track potential impact to the enterprise
* Monitors and analyzes critical incident alerts regarding outages or degradation in services affecting the enterprise using monitoring tools:
* NeuralStar
* VmWare
* System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
* Other Enterprise Available Tools
* Assist with the development and maintenance of standard operation monitoring procedures
* Provide in-depth analysis of network performance alerts on the messaging and management networks as well as associated servers and applications
* Assist with Major Incident Severity Level calls (standing up conference calls, identifying appropriate service line resources, documenting a timeline of events)
* Preparing, updating, and reporting Situational Awareness to the IT Operations Center Watch Officer
* Monitoring planned and unplanned service impacting changes affecting the enterprise infrastructure
* Coordinate with other Department Operations Centers and foreign posts during crises and/or emergencies reporting on health of network services across the enterprise Daily Duties
* Perform daily check of all systems across the enterprise
* Monitor planned and unplanned service impacting changes
* Update a Daily Log of Change Requests throughout the Enterprise
* Maintain monitoring of all Critical Sites/Posts
* Prepare Critical Sites report documenting any issues, reporting or escalating as necessary
* Perform Operations Checks of all Service Lines
* Assist with preparation of Outage and Resolution Notifications for Severity Level Incidents, Advisory Notifications, Planned Outage Notifications, and updates to those outages
* Assist with SharePoint Outage Tracker entries and updates
* Assist with setting up conference bridges in support of Severity Level 1s and 2s and engaging appropriate resources
* Maintain IT Enterprise Operations Remedy Queue
* Perform various troubleshooting tasks as needed by Watch Officers
* Check status of ITOC equipment functionality and send status to Watch Officer
* Archiving of Daily Operations Report and Shift Change Log (Day Shift)
* Perform trend analysis reports as requested Special Tasks
* Check on the status of Critical Site Tickets and close if possible
* Check on the status of Prolonged/Multiple Transfers of Tickets and close if possible
* Create Ad Hoc Reports as requested.

What Does A Watch Officer Do At Mantech

* DCC Watch Standers and Dynamic Network Defense Operations Duty Officers (DNDO
* DO) will cover 24 x 7 shift work for the DCC operations section in support of Network Defense Operations.
* The Watch Standers and DNDO
* DO will perform a variety of command, control, coordination, communication, monitoring and analysis roles including:
* Incident Response and Operations Process
* Incident Logging and Notification
* Unknown Threat / Vulnerability Assessment / Process
* Analyze high bandwidth utilization events as alerted by the network monitoring tool
* Participate and coordinate DCO activities with CC/S/A/FA, intelligence, law enforcement, USG, industry and academy organizations
* As required brief DODIN defense through collaboration meetings with other DoD organizations
* Help develop OPORDS, FRAGORD, WARNORDs, TASKORDS and Ghost Orders in conjunction with the future cell planners
* Receive, release and track execution of OPORDS, FRAGORDs, WARNORDs, TASKORDs, and Ghost Orders related to DCC
* Provide battle update briefings at each shift change (3 per day).
* Provide situational awareness and operational update briefings to DISA leadership
* Monitor, process and utilize DoD classified and unclassified networks
* Respond to official questions through RFI response tools
* Review open source reporting, blogs and coordination with other cyber elements for early identification of new vulnerability and threat trends.
* Provide reports on new developments in briefings, presentations and other formats to DISA leadership and subordinate organizations
* Participate in command exercises including real world COOP/COP that may require staff to move to alternate sites.
* Support also includes providing after action review feedback to DISA
* Produce statistics based status updates outlining Arbor Tool migrations and its effectiveness and brief said updates at recurring intervals
* Participate, advise and contribute to FLM/DDOS and Boundary Tools Working Groups
* Clearance

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How To Become A Watch Officer

Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college degree. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and able to meet rigorous physical and personal qualification standards. A felony conviction or drug use may disqualify a candidate.


Police and detective applicants must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, although many federal agencies and some police departments require some college coursework or a college degree. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice, and agencies may offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these, or related, degrees. Knowledge of a foreign language is an asset in many federal agencies and geographical regions.

Fish and game wardens applying for federal jobs with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service typically need a college degree; and those applying to work for a state’s natural resources department often need a high school diploma or some college study in a related field, such as biology or natural resources management.

Federal agencies typically require a bachelor's degree. For example, FBI and DEA special agent applicants are often college graduates.

State and local agencies encourage applicants to continue their education after high school, by taking courses and training related to law enforcement. Many applicants for entry-level police jobs have taken some college classes, and a significant number are college graduates. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice. Many agencies offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these or related degrees.


Candidates for appointment usually attend a training academy before becoming an officer. Training includes classroom instruction in state and local laws and constitutional law, civil rights, and police ethics. Recruits also receive training and supervised experience in areas such as patrol, traffic control, firearm use, self-defense, first aid, and emergency response.

Federal law enforcement agents undergo extensive training, usually at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, or at a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Detectives normally begin their careers as police officers before being promoted to detective.

FBI special agent applicants typically must have at least 3 years of professional work experience in areas ranging from computer science to accounting.

Other Experience

Some police departments have cadet programs for people interested in a career in law enforcement who do not yet meet age requirements for becoming an officer. These cadets do clerical work and attend classes until they reach the minimum age requirement and can apply for a position with the regular force. Military or police experience may be considered beneficial for potential cadets.

Cadet candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually be at least 21 years old, have a driver’s license, and meet specific physical qualifications. Applicants may have to pass physical exams of vision, hearing, strength, and agility, as well as written exams. Previous work or military experience is often seen as a plus. Candidates typically go through a series of interviews and may be asked to take lie detector and drug tests. A felony conviction may disqualify a candidate.


Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period. Promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain usually are made according to a candidate's position on a promotion list, as determined by scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance. In large departments, promotion may enable an officer to become a detective or to specialize in one type of police work, such as working with juveniles.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Police, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to speak with people when gathering facts about a crime and to express details about a given incident in writing.

Empathy. Police officers need to understand the perspectives of a wide variety of people in their jurisdiction and have a willingness to help the public.

Good judgment. Police and detectives must be able to determine the best way to solve a wide array of problems quickly.

Leadership skills. Police officers must be comfortable with being a highly visible member of their community, as the public looks to them for assistance in emergency situations.

Perceptiveness. Officers, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to anticipate a person’s reactions and understand why people act a certain way.

Physical stamina. Officers and detectives must be in good physical shape, both to pass required tests for entry into the field, and to keep up with the daily rigors of the job.

Physical strength. Police officers must be strong enough to physically apprehend offenders.

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Project Manager Information Technology Consultant Information Security Analyst
Assurance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Liaison Officer Executive Officer
Branch Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Officer Company Commander Operations Officer
Chief Deputy
8 Yearsyrs
Liaison Officer Operations Officer
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Commanding Officer Deputy Commander Flight Commander
Chief Of Planning
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Intelligence Analyst Senior Analyst Operations Director
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Intelligence Analyst Program Manager Chief Information Officer
Chief Security Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst All Source Intelligence Analyst
Counterintelligence Analyst
10 Yearsyrs
Commanding Officer Staff Officer Executive Officer
Deputy Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Program Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Intelligence Officer Operations Officer Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Executive Officer Branch Chief
Division Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Contracts Manager
Government Contractor
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Information Security Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Leading Petty Officer Training Officer Operations Officer
Military Analyst
10 Yearsyrs
Collections Manager Intelligence Officer All Source Intelligence Analyst
Mission Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Intelligence Officer Executive Officer Company Commander
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst All Source Intelligence Analyst
Senior Intelligence Analyst
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Watch Officer Demographics


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  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Carrier

  • Arabic

  • Bulgarian

  • Czech

  • Turkish

  • Dari

  • Slovak

  • Urdu

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Top Watch Officer Skills

  1. Military Personnel
  2. Procedures
  3. Subordinate Commands
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Advised military personnel on all aspects of personnel issues and programs.
  • Recommend policies to preclude criminal or security incidents and recommend policies and procedures that prevent unforeseen incidents.
  • Maintained communication flow between subordinate commands and command staff.
  • Provided research and analysis to support the Operations Center and support to the development and analysis of situational awareness products.
  • Edited and issued operations and warning orders in support of emergency operations.

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