National Security & Defense Policy Overview

Careers in the field of security revolve around every aspect of international affairs and national security. Knowledge of operations, programs, issues and policies of defense strategy, military capabilities, arms control, and coercion or negotiation in conflict resolution are vital for security professionals today. Positions in the national security field can be found in the federal government, the private sector, international organizations, research institutions, and public interest organizations.

Positions Examples

Analysts/Specialists (ex. National Defense Specialist, Intelligence Specialist/Officer, Military Capabilities Analyst, Regional Analyst, Counterterrorism Analyst, Information Security Specialist and Research/Coordinator): Manage and produce all-source intelligence on regional, transnational, scientific, technical, and defense topics. Research, organize, and summarize data; identify and interpret intelligence gaps to help predict likely courses of action; evaluate information from multiple sources; and apply techniques to solve analytic problems. Monitor trends/events related to a particular country or issue and prepare written and oral assessments.  Average Salary Range: $40-$80K 

Collection Management Officers: Direct the dissemination of intelligence to policy-makers. Requires substantive knowledge of the area and issues presented. Act as a liaison between personnel in the field and those in the boardroom. Average Salary Range:  $50-80

Linguists: Research translation, transcription, reporting, and analysis of materials of national concern. Often provide support for in-country programs and serve as translator/mediator between the policy-makers and local communities. (Foreign travel may be a large component of the job.), Average Salary Range:  $33-78