Published in the November/December 2010 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Founded in 1969, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and its subsidiaries now boast approximately 45,000 employees worldwide. Company employees work in medical labs researching cancer cures, in the desert testing next-generation robotics, and in the ocean deploying tsunami warning systems. They are also burning the midnight oil in crime labs investigating new evidence, and in Iraq helping protect and support American men and women in uniform.
Mike Bruni, a recruiter for SAIC for nearly six years, specializes in recruiting specifically for the government contract and defense industry. “My current position entails providing strategic and tactical recruiting support inside our Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group,” he said. “A large focus of my role is veterans and former military personnel.”
SAIC’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Group, comprised of over 12,000 employees in five business units and group staff, focuses on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; intelligence systems and solutions; and science and technology. “We serve and are part of what is known as ‘The Community’—people in the intelligence and national security communities whose mission it is to protect our nation and its interests,” Bruni stated. “SAIC’s national security opportunities reach across all branches of the military and support the full spectrum of military operations – from peace keeping and humanitarian missions to major conflicts.”
SAIC also helps the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the FBI, and other agencies combat terrorism, cybercrime, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. “Whether helping the U.S. Army develop systems to enhance night vision capabilities, helping the Air Force train units worldwide via the Internet, or helping the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command achieve seamless, secure multimedia connectivity for Navy ship and shore communications, SAIC’s technical expertise helps enable U.S. forces to be safer and smarter,” Bruni said.
In addition, SAIC develops products and technologies which that aid Homeland Security efforts. “Our anti-terrorism products range from vehicle and cargo inspection systems for contraband detection, portable X-ray inspection systems to inspect suspect packages for explosives, to software that assesses the consequences of technological and natural disasters to population, resources and infrastructure,” he said.
SAIC regularly searches for cyber professionals, intelligence analysis professionals, software engineers, logisticians, and language professionals, and the company is always on the lookout for qualified veterans. “Roughly 25 percent of the SAIC workforce is made up of military veterans,” Bruni noted. “U.S. military retirees have always been a great resource for SAIC talent. SAIC strives to hire the best and brightest from our Armed Forces once they’ve concluded their military careers.”
There are many reasons why SAIC likes to hire veterans. “Military veterans bring with them a work ethic and sense of pride unmatched anywhere,” Bruni declared. “SAIC is a very mission-oriented company, and the passion and patriotism veterans bring enhances our workforce’s capability. Veterans also bring skill sets like logistics, telecommunications, linguistics, management, strategic planning, networking, engineering, and analytical skills that transfer comfortably to SAIC’s mission.”