Security Clearances

Many people think that they can go to a company or agency and apply for their own security clearance. This is far from the truth. Only the federal government can grant someone a security clearance, and to get one the applicant must work for a government agency or contractor and conduct business that justifies granting him or her access to highly sensitive information.

Title:Defense Industry

HIRING MILITARY FOR THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY

National security ultimately depends on protecting science and industry; as a result hiring military with security clearances is commonplace among companies working on defense-related projects. It does not make a difference if the company is holding a government contract or not; any R&D venture needs to be protected. With a military hire, companies tap into the largest source for security cleared personnel available. There are over 200,000 military personnel transitioning out of the service each year. These defense industry jobs generally require background checks due to the sensitive nature of the materials the individual handles on a daily basis; this is when companies recognize the value of hiring military members as they transition out of the service.

National security ultimately depends on protecting science and industry, so lots of security clearances are involved with companies working on defense-related projects. It doesn't matter if the company is holding a government contract or not; any R&D venture needs to be protected. The frequency of companies holding regular government contracts is growing, however. Here's a top 15 list:

Top 15 World-Wide Defense Contractors, 2020 (Source: Defense News Top 100)
Rank Name Country Defense Revenue
(US$ billion)
1 Lockheed Martin USA 56.6
2 Boeing USA 34.0
3 General Dynamics USA 29.5
4 Northrop Grumman USA 28.6
5 Raytheon Technologies USA 27.4
7 BAE Systems U.K. 21.0
9 L3Harris Technologies USA 13.9
10 United Technologies Corp USA 13.0
19 Huntington Ingalls Industries USA 8.1
23 Leidos USA 5.4
25 Honeywell USA 5.3
26 Booz Allen Hamilton USA 5.2
29 GE Aviation USA 4.4
34 CACI International Inc. USA 3.5
36 SAIC USA 3.3
37 Perspecta Inc. USA 3.3

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