Career Planning

General Information

The following is a partial list of agencies, non-governmental organizations, law firms, defense contractors, and Congressional offices that employ national security lawyers. The link provided for each organization will direct you to the organization's main website. Job postings may be listed on these websites, or you may need to contact the organization's human resources department directly.
Congressional job listings are available through the Senate Placement Office and the House Office of Human Resources. The location and contact information for the House and Senate are listed below. Agency job postings are available through the USAJOBS.com website, although some jobs may be listed on the agency's main website.

Additionally, the ABA Law Student Division's monthly jobs column in Student Lawyer magazine is a valuable resource.

Executive Branch Departments and Agencies

USAJobs: The definitive source for all Federal employment opportunities.
http://www.usajobs.opm.gov


Department of Defense:
http://www.defenselink.mil

Joint Chiefs of Staff
http://www.dtic.mil/jcs

United States Air Force
http://www.af.mil

United States army
http://www.army.mil

United States Navy
http://www.navy.mil

Defense Intelligence Agency
http://www.dia.mil

Defense Information Systems Agency
http://www.disa.mil/index.html

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
http://www.nga.mil

Missile Defense Agency (formerly Ballistic Missile Defense Organization)
http://www.mda.mil

National Security Agency
http://www.nsa.gov


Department of Energy:
http://www.energy.gov

Counterintelligence
http://www.ch.doe.gov/offices/OCI

Intelligence Office
1000 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20585 Fax: (202) 586-0751

Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Office
http://www.nn.doe.gov

Infrastructure and Security
1000 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20585 Fax: (202) 586-0467

Office of Security
http://www.so.doe.gov

National Nuclear Security Administration
http://www.nnsa.doe.gov

International Affairs and Domestic Policy
http://www.policy.energy.gov


Department of Homeland Security:
http://www.dhs.gov

Border and Transportation Security Directorate Customs and Border Protection
http://www.cbp.gov

Immigration and Customs Enforcement
http://www.ice.gov

Transportation Security Administration
http://www.tsa.gov

Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate- FEMA
http://www.fema.gov

Citizenship and Immigration Services
http://www.uscis.gov

United States Coast Guard
http://www.uscg.mil

United States Secret Service
http://www.secretservice.gov


Department of Justice:
National Security Division's Office of Intelligence

http://www.usdoj.gov

Office of Intelligence Policy and Review
http://www.usdoj.gov/oipr

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
http://www.atf.gov

Federal Bureau of Investigation
http://www.fbi.gov


Department of State
http://www.state.gov

Bureau of Intelligence and Research
http://www.state.gov/s/inr

Bureau of Arms Control
http://www.state.gov/t/ac

Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
http://www.state.gov/t/isn

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
http://www.state.gov/t/pm

Coordinator for Counterterrorism
http://www.state.gov/s/ct


Department of Transportation:
http://www.dot.gov

Federal Transit Administration
http://www.fta.dot.gov

Office of Intelligence and Security
400 7th Street, SW Washington, DC 20590 Fax: (202) 366-7261

Office of National Security
400 7th Street, SW Washington, DC 20590 Fax: (202) 493-2180


Central Intelligence Agency
http://www.cia.gov


Director of National Intelligence
http://www.dni.gov


Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov

EPA's Homeland Security Office
1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, MC 1105A Washington, DC 20460 Fax: (202) 501-0026


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):
http://www.hq.nasa.gov

NASA's Office of Security Management and Safeguards
300 E Street, SW Washington, DC 20546 Fax: (202) 358-3238


Office of Personnel Management
http://www.opm.gov


Center for National Security
Theodore Roosevelt Building 1900 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20415


Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov

Congressional Opportunities

House of Representatives:
http://www.house.gov

House Office of Human Resources
http://www.house.gov/cao-hr

House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense
http://appropriations.house.gov

House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
http://appropriations.house.gov

House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, HUD, Judiciary, District of Columbia Subcommittee
http://appropriations.house.gov

House Armed Services Committee
http://www.house.gov/hasc

House Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations
http://reform.house.gov

House Homeland Security Committee
http://hsc.house.gov

House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation
http://www.house.gov/international_relations

House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
http://judiciary.house.gov

House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Control and Claims Subcommittee
http://judiciary.house.gov

House Permanent Select committee on Intelligence
http://intelligence.house.gov


Senate:
http://www.senate.gov

Senate Placement Office
SH-142 Hart SOB Job Line: (202) 228-JOBS
Employment Bulletin: http://www.senate.gov/visiting/common/generic/placement_office.htm

Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense
http://appropriations.senate.gov

Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
http://appropriations.senate.gov

Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development
http://appropriations.senate.gov

Senate Armed Services Committee
http://armed-services.senate.gov

Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on International Operations and Terrorism
http://www.senate.gov/~foreign

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
http://hsgac.senate.gov

Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship Subcommittee
http://www.senate.gov/~judiciary

Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security
http://www.senate.gov/~judiciary

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
http://intelligence.senate.gov

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's)

American Civil Liberties Union, Washington Office
http://www.aclu.org

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), Foreign and Defense Policy Studies.
http://www.aei.org

The Brookings Institute, Foreign Policy Studies
http://www.brookings.edu

Business Executives for National Security
http://www.bens.org

Center for Democracy and Technology
http://www.cdt.org

Center for National Securities Studies
http://www.cnss.org

Center for Strategic and International Studies
http://www.csis.org

Council on Foreign Relations
http://www.cfr.org

Electronic Privacy Information Center
http://www.epic.org

Hudson Institute, National Securities Studies
http://www.hudson.org

Institute for Defense Analyses
http://www.ida.org

Institute for Science and International Security
http://www.isis-online.org

National Institute for Public Policy
http://www.nipp.org

Nuclear Control Institute
http://www.nci.org

Rand Corporation, Washington Office
http://www.rand.org

Site Institute
http://www.siteinstitute.org

Law Firms

Arnold & Porter, National Security Law and Policy Practice
http://www.arnoldporter.com

CER Law, LLC
www.cerlawllc.com

Covington & Burling, Government Affairs Practice
http://www.cov.com

Greenberg Traurig, Governmental Affairs Practice
http://www.gtlaw.com

Krieger & Zaid, National Security Practice
ZaidMS@aol.com

Nixon Peabody, Government Relations Practice
http://www.nixonpeabody.com

Patton Boggs, Defense and National Security Practice
http://www.pattonboggs.com

Preston Gates Ellis, Policy and Public Law Practice
http://www.prestongates.com

Steptoe & Johnson, Government Relations Practice
http://www.steptoe.com

Venable, LLP, Legislative and Governmental Affairs Practice
http://www.venable.com

Williams & Connolly, Federal Programs and National Defense Practice
http://www.williamsconnolly.com

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice
http://www.wilmerhale.com

Defense Contractors

BAE Systems
http://www.baesystems.com

Boeing Company
http://www.boeing.com

Booz Allen Hamilton
http://www.boozallenhamilton.com

General Dynamics Corp
http://www.generaldynamics.com

ITT Defense and Electronics
http://www.defense.itt.com

Lockheed Martin Corp
http://www.lockheedmartin.com

Northrop Grumman Corp.
http://www.northropgrumman.com

Raytheon Company
http://www.raytheon.com

SRI International, Washington Office
http://www.sri.com

United Technologies Corp.
http://www.utc.com

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