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 website, although some jobs may be listed on the agency's main website.

Additionally, the ABA Career Center is a valuable resource

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Executive Branch Departments and Agencies

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Department of Defense:

Joint Chiefs of Staff

United States Air Force

United States Army

United States Navy

Defense Intelligence Agency

Defense Information Systems Agency

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Missile Defense Agency (formerly Ballistic Missile Defense Organization)

National Security Agency

Department of Energy:


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

Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Office

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

Office of Security

National Nuclear Security Administration

International Affairs and Domestic Policy

Department of Homeland Security:

Border and Transportation Security Directorate Customs and Border Protection

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Transportation Security Administration

Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate- FEMA

Citizenship and Immigration Services

United States Coast Guard

United States Secret Service

Department of Justice:

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Department of State

Bureau of Intelligence and Research

Bureau of Arms Control

Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Coordinator for Counterterrorism

Department of Transportation:

Federal Transit Administration

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

Director of National Intelligence

Environmental Protection Agency

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

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):

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

Office of Personnel Management

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

Library of Congress

Congressional Opportunities

House of Representatives:

House Office of Human Resources

House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense

House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, HUD, Judiciary, District of Columbia Subcommittee

House Armed Services Committee

House Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations

House Homeland Security Committee

House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation

House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security

House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Control and Claims Subcommittee

House Permanent Select committee on Intelligence


Senate Placement Office
SH-142 Hart SOB Job Line: (202) 228-JOBS
Employment Bulletin:

Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense

Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development

Senate Armed Services Committee

Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on International Operations and Terrorism

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship Subcommittee

Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's)

American Civil Liberties Union, Washington Office

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), Foreign and Defense Policy Studies.

The Brookings Institute, Foreign Policy Studies

Business Executives for National Security

Center for Democracy and Technology

Center for National Securities Studies

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Council on Foreign Relations

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Hudson Institute, National Securities Studies

Institute for Defense Analyses

Institute for Science and International Security

National Institute for Public Policy

Nuclear Control Institute

Rand Corporation, Washington Office

Site Institute

Law Firms

Arnold & Porter, National Security Law and Policy Practice


Covington & Burling, Government Affairs Practice

Greenberg Traurig, Governmental Affairs Practice

Krieger & Zaid, National Security Practice

Nixon Peabody, Government Relations Practice

Patton Boggs, Defense and National Security Practice

Preston Gates Ellis, Policy and Public Law Practice

Steptoe & Johnson, Government Relations Practice

Venable, LLP, Legislative and Governmental Affairs Practice

Williams & Connolly, Federal Programs and National Defense Practice

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice

Defense Contractors

BAE Systems

Boeing Company

Booz Allen Hamilton

General Dynamics Corp

ITT Defense and Electronics

Lockheed Martin Corp

Northrop Grumman Corp.

Raytheon Company

SRI International, Washington Office

United Technologies Corp.