Published in the March/April 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) leads the federal government in cryptology, encompassing both Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Information Assurance (IA) products and services; and carries out a Computer Network Operations (CNO) mission to gain advantages for the United States and its allies.
The IA mission works to prevent foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information. The SIGINT mission collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence information from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes and to support military operations. NSA/CSS also conducts Network Warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with federal laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.
“The NSA is always looking for the best and the brightest,” said Bob Mayhew, a branch chief in the NSA’a Office of Recruitment. “We are always looking for people in the science, technology, engineering, and math skills fields. The NSA offers several opportunities for students, professionals looking for a change, and transitioning military.”
NSA offers a collaborative and innovative work environment that values continual learning and development so its employees may grow and excel both professionally and personally. Its culture recognizes that the insights of men and women with diverse backgrounds are critical to facing the agency’s challenges.
Mayhew said that veterans are ideal candidates for NSA positions. “Since the NSA is a Department of Defense agency, we have a rich heritage of working side-by-side with our military,” he said. “There is no better way to find prospective employees than tapping the wealth of knowledge that our military members possess. They have the same traits of much of the NSA workforce – proud, patriotic, and they understand the importance of NSA’s commitment to keeping the nation safe.”
The NSA gives veterans additional incentives for joining its ranks. “NSA provides several benefits to our transitioning military members, including credit for military service towards leave accrual, credit toward retirement, and exciting careers,” Mayhew said. “Some of our transitioning military members may even perform the same mission performed in the military.”
The large group of veterans that work at NSA will make incoming veterans feel at home quickly. “The NSA is a great organization for military veterans,” Mayhew said. “The NSA has a huge contingent of active duty military that work side-by-side with civilians every day. When they separate or retire and are hired by the NSA, they bring their knowledge and expertise and make good employees with very little training needed.”
Mayhew said that veterans who are interested in working at the NSA should start at the organization’s career website. “Research the NSA as an organization,” he said. “Apply for one position or numerous positions that you qualify for. Check out other intelligence agencies and companies if you don’t seem to be a fit for the NSA. If not selected by the NSA, go with another company or agency to gain experience the NSA is looking for, and then re-apply to the NSA at a later date.”