Careers at the Defense Security Service

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Keeping information and defense technologies from falling into the wrong hands is serious business. Stay at the forefront of the technological and global economic environment by joining our workforce. Together, we'll address evolving threats to national security, thus keeping our nation and our warfighter safe.

By joining DSS, you'll help us provide critical security education, training and awareness services and products to those who serve and protect our national security. Protecting this classified information maintains the integrity of the technologies, information, and products used by the warfighter in the field.

DSS Locations: Most of DSS activities are performed at the Defense Security Service headquarters, in Quantico, VA, right outside of the nation's capitol in Washington, DC. We have 23 resident offices and 26 field offices across the nation.

The bulk of the DSS workforce consists of Industrial Security Specialists, who conduct security assessments of industrial (contractor) facilities to ensure they comply with the standards of the National Industrial Security Program. Additionally, DSS employs a number of Information Technology (Information Security) Specialists who evaluate customer IT systems to ensure they meet security standards. A brief description of the work being done by these groups follows.

DSS positions fall within the scope of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) and are in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601 (

DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C. (, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement (

If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C, you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.