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  •  Easy, just get yourself a clearance (1+ / 0-)
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    Actually, it's not easy at all. I suspect that Snowden probably received his initial clearance while he was still in the military. At any rate, the fact that he was young and had no "history" to speak of when he got out of the military would have made it easier.

    I spent five years working as a "headhunter" back in the late 1980s and finding candidates with high level security clearances was very difficult. In fact, I quickly learned that trying to fill those kinds of positions was no way to earn a placement fee so I avoided working with those companies and concentrated on placing software engineers in non-military companies instead.

    At any rate, once a person gets a clearance they are pretty much locked in to working for military contractors. They rarely have any difficulty finding employment opportunities where they can leverage their clearance.

    The only downside I guess is that most companies in the commercial sector don't want to have anything to do with them. At least that was my experience.

    I guess the thinking might have been something along the lines of "is there something wrong with this person? why aren't they staying in the military sector".

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 04:31:16 PM PDT

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