Can you keep a secret? Do you know how to get and maintain a personnel clearance (PCL) or facility clearance (FCL)? Learn how to get a security clearance and perform classified work. What DoD Contractors Need to Know about Their Need to Know It's tough to focus on both creating a company to last and performing under strict government guidelines. Getting classified contracts, requesting security clearances and remaining compliant are all vital to a cleared contractor's success. But...Just one mistake can cost a defense contractor current and future contracts. Until now, there has been no one place to find everything you need to know about security clearances. Many defense contractors and employees don't understand how to get their clearances and compete for classified work. The DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook brings together information from Presidential Executive Orders, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) and other regulations to demonstrate how to establish and maintain a successful security program. This book demonstrates both the security clearance process and how to perform on classified contracts. The DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook helps cleared contractors understand the security clearance process and develop award winning security programs to win and keep classified contracts. It is a good companion for all seasoned and novice defense contractors, Facility Security Officers (FSO) and the college student and will help FSOs do well on DSS inspections. With the DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook, Defense contractors now have a resource to confidently pursue classified contracts. This book is complete with: Step by step guide demonstrating how to meet requirements for security clearances Description of senior leader responsibilities in security cleared facilities Comprehensive list 0f Cleared contractor administrative responsibilities Method for reducing costs associated with protecting classified information and NISPOM requirements Description of award winning FSO qualities DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook demonstrates how cleared contractors can protect program information through: Building award winning security programs Understanding international operations Improving Defense Security Services (DSS) inspection results Winning the Cogswell award DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook contains expansive discussion on how security professionals and FSOs can: Build skills as a security specialist or FSO Gain access to valuable resources for security programs, and helps prepare for the ISP certification and the DoD Security Professional education Development (SPeD) certification exam Students will: Improve understanding of national security Learn new career opportunities Have a valuable resource for homeland security studies.