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Insider’s Guide to Security Clearances

Insider’s Guide to Security Clearances

Do You Know How to Get and Keep a Security Clearance?

Turn your passion for business into work for the government. Discover what you need to know about how to get a security clearance and perform on classified contracts.


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Who this Book is For:

Have you seriously considered what it takes to get a security clearance you need to become a cleared contractor employee or build your business as a cleared defense contractor? Insider’s Guide answers the tough questions:

How do I get employed if I can’t get a clearance?

I can’t get a clearance unless I am employed?

The truth is, the government publishes information on how to get a clearance. However it’s not easily accessible nor is it easy to interpret.

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You need a clearance to get hired. Your business needs a facility clearance to perform on classified contracts. However, you can’t get hired unless you have a clearance. Your business can’t perform on classified work unless it has a facility clearance.

Confused yet?

Perhaps you are one of the many who have questions about getting a security clearance. Maybe you are interested either as an employee or business owner in getting a security clearance, but don’t know how to get started.

A little clarity from the bureaucracy

Jeff Bennett is board certified to protect classified information. He teaches the Industrial Security Management Course at University Of Alabama Huntsville and am the author of the “go to” book DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook-What Defense Contractors Need to Know About Their Need to Know. After 25 years in the Army and industrial security business, you can say that “he’s been there and done that”.

Jeff wrote this book with you in mind. He specifically addresses the requirements of defense contractors operating under the Department of Defense oversight. The Insider’s Guide to Security Clearances takes you through the security clearance process.

Other than government regulations, there are few published books addressing security clearances.  Insider’s Guide to Security Clearances provides answers to what it takes to get a clearance or prepare for work on classified contracts.

It will assist the college student studying industrial security or homeland security, upstart companies looking for work, and new industrial security employees with understanding the fundamental demands of a career in Industrial Security.

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“Having been tasked with the mission to research all that I could about Security Clearances and the Facility Security Officer (FSO) position at a government contracting firm, it was difficult to find resources on the topic that were available for the up-and-coming FSO. In this book, Mr Bennett gives clear and concise answers to help guide the way for those that haven’t been in the industry for long or at all. And with the Kindle edition, it was easy to have the book with me for reference whenever I needed help with knowing which forms to use, what acronyms stand for, and what is the next step in the Security Clearance process. I highly recommend this and other RedBike Publishing books on the subject – they are quite helpful for those new to the industry and those that are refreshing their studies. Review

What you should know

Employees and defense contractors seeking a security clearance are often uninformed on how to get them. Some think that security clearances can be granted to allow them to be more employable. Businesses compete for classified contracts to be more competitive. However, security clearances are granted only on a contract and legitimate government work that requires access to classified information.


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Benefits of owning Insider’s Guide to Security Clearances

  • Understand what it means to be a cleared contractor 
  • Organize and get your facility clearance faster
  •  Keep your security clearance
  •  Who the most important employee is
  •  Perform on classified contracts

“The book is great– cuts to the point on how to get started in this business. Succinctly describes what you need to do to get your business set up to work on clearance contracts. Gives you helpful links, and does a fairly good job at listing out the “to-do’s” Review

Insider’s Guide to Security Clearances is divided into chapters with you in mind. The way this book differs from other security clearance books resides in following chapters describing what to do once a clearance is granted.

Getting a security clearance depends on whether or not you or your business is trustworthy and you have products or services needed by the government or another contractor.

This book only provides an overall view that is covered in more detail in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) and the book, DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook-What Defense Contractors Need to Know About Their Need to Know, both available from Red Bike Publishing.

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This book contains chapters organized to walk the reader through registering as a defense contractor, the facility security clearance and personnel security clearance process, the required appointed positions, the National Industrial Security Program and how to protect classified information. For example, once a facility clearance is granted, a Facility Security Officer (FSO) must be appointed to manage the security of classified information and contracts. This book addresses the general FSO duties that may be assumed by the business owner or an appointed cleared employee. It also lets the non business owner reader know what to expect once they get their security clearance.

Insider’s Guide to Security Clearances teaches you the security clearance process.  All coordination for the security clearance process should be conducted through the government, Defense Security Services and a Facility Security Officer. Here is the abbreviated Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 How the Security Clearance Process Works How Defense Contractors can Get Facility Security Clearances Oversight of classified contracts

Chapter 2 Personnel Security Clearances (PCL)How Personnel Security Clearances are Granted The Continuous Evaluation Process The Adjudicative Process What happens when the security clearance is granted What you can do when a security clearance is denied What to while waiting for the investigation and adjudication

Chapter 3 The Industrial Security ProgramA National Level View of Protecting the Nation’s Secrets How the U.S. Government assigns classification levels  Protection of Classified Information

Chapter 4 Managing the Security of Classified ContractsIdentifying Customer Requirements, Interpreting Requirements in the DD Form 254 and NISPOM, FSO Training, Briefings, Annual refresher training, Reporting Security Violations, Career Advancement Opportunities, Becoming a cleared contractor, Helpful Websites

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Other books you might consider for performing under classified contracts. The FSO certification library:

DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook

ISP Certification-The Industrial Security Professional Exam Manual

NISPOM Training

International Traffic In Arms Regulation ITAR

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