Computer Network Operations Development Program, CNODP

Company: The National Security Agency (NSA)

General Information
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Location: Fort Mead, MD
  • Educational Requirements: Bachelors Degree

Candidates must have a minimum of:
-Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Information Assurance, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or  Mathematics
-Exceptional Academic Performance
-Strong Oral and Written Communication skills
-Knowledge in at least one of the disciplines: computer hardware, software, or networks.
-Demonstrated interest and ability to perform technical hands-on work
-Strong programming skills in one or more of the following languages: C/C++, Java, Python


Our nation has entered a new era that brings profound changes to the way the National Security Agency conducts its mission.  The explosion of the World Wide Web has created a need for the Computer Network Operations (CNO) mission.  This very important mission is comprised of three major parts: network defense, network attack, and computer network exploitation.  In order to carry out these functions NSA is looking for people who are highly skilled and impassioned about winning the war in cyberspace. These are NOT your average Computer Science or Engineering jobs! 


The Computer Network Operations (CNO) Development Programs provide the opportunity for a select group of individuals to further develop their skills in the technical areas supporting CNO.  CNO consists of Computer Network Defense (CND), Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) and Computer Network Attack (CNA).  The goal of the programs is to develop a cadre of technical leaders who will enable the DoD's and the military services capabilities to lead the way in CNO.


The CNO Development Program consists of two independent programs each with the same focus area, the System and Network Interdisciplinary Program (SNIP), and the GNEVA Development Program (GDP). These programs are technically demanding rotational opportunities over a 3-year period with a follow-on assignment individually tailored to best capitalize on individual expertise. Participants will each have a senior mentor and choice opportunities to work in high visibility organizations with the latest technologies. Each program consists of core training that will last for 2-5 months depending on the program.


Graduates from these programs are aggressively sought after because of their in depth knowledge and breadth of experiences.


The Information Assurance side of the CNODP is the System and Network Interdisciplinary Program (SNIP).

The goal of the SNIP is to train and educate its interns in the various technical areas associated with Computer Network Operations (CNO). CNO encompasses the three related missions of Computer Network Defense (CND), Computer Network Exploitation (CNE), and Computer Network Attack (CNA). The SNIP is designed to accept select participants that appear to have the proper mix of the following characteristics:


•Technical skills

•Problem solving ability

•Teaming skills

•Good work ethic

•Good interpersonal skills


This three-year development program consists of approximately two months of common core training, an individual technical development program with customized office tours, in-depth training to enhance the abilities and knowledge of the particular intern, and a three-month class project designed around an operational problem.

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity please email Evonne Reed at and submit your formal application at Once you have applied online we will contact you to discuss the next steps.