Military and Strategic Security Resources

The National American University College of Military Studies, The National American University Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security and The National American University Career Services are committed to providing you access to relevant career resources.

Please contact NAU Career Services team at Phone: (800) 609-1431, Email: naucareerservices@national.edu

Exploring Security Careers

Marketable Skills

  • Critical Thinking

  • Analytic Methodologies

  • Reasoning

  • Oral & Written Communication

  • Complex Problem Solving

  • Research

Relevant Job Fields 

  • National Intelligence

  • Corporate Intelligence

  • National Security

  • Research

  • Military Intelligence

Sample Occupational Titles

17 Organizations that make up the US Intelligence Community

  • Intelligence Analyst 

  • Intelligence Specialist

  • Analytic Advancement

  • Intelligence Research Specialist

  • Intelligence Operations Specialist

  • Security Specialist

  • Counterintelligence Agent

  • Counterterrorism Analyst

  • Analytic Methodologist

  • Counterintelligence Threat Analyst

  • Threat Analyst

  • Leadership Analyst

  • Open Source Officer

  • Open Source Analyst

  • Political Analyst

  • Targeting Analyst

  • Military Analyst

  • Intelligence Collection Analyst

  • Collection Management Officer

  • Operations Officer

  • Operations Researcher

  • Intelligence Collector

  • Foreign Language Specialist

  • Cryptanalyst

  • Signals Analyst

  • Imagery Analyst

  • Geospatial Analyst

 

Public Safety and Law Enforcement

  • Intelligence Analyst  

  • Crime Analyst

  • Crime Research Analyst

  • Law Enforcement Analyst

  • Counterterrorism Analyst 

  • Analyst Financial Services

Business Corporate Enterprise and For-Profit Analytic Companies

  • Competitive Analyst

  • Marketing Analyst

  • Competitive Researcher

  • Research Analyst

  • Analyst

  • Counterintelligence Agent

  • Threat Analyst

  • Regional Analyst

Think Tanks and Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Analyst

  • Researcher

  • Regional Analyst

Marketable Skills

  • Critical Thinking

  • Judgment

  • Coordinating

  • Cultural Sensitivity

  • Monitoring

Relevant Job Fields 

  • National Security

  • Public Safety

  • Corporate Security

  • Intelligence

Sample Occupational Titles

Management Level (Major Security Company) 

  • Program Manager-Antiterrorism

  • Deputy Program Manager-Antiterrorism

  • Project Manager-Counterterrorism  

  • Business Development & Sales Manager 

  • Security Manager

Technical-Level 

  • Physical-Security Specialist

  • Analyst

  • Counterterrorism Analyst

Counter-terrorism/ Terrorism jobs (Government & Government Contract Work): 

  • Terrorism Analyst

  • Counterterrorism Analyst

  • Junior Analyst

  • Research Assistant

  • Intelligence Analyst for Critical Infrastructure

  • Counterintelligence Analyst 

  • Program Manager

  • Project Manager 

  • Operations Research Analyst 

Relevant Books

  • Grinapol, C. (2014). Careers on antiterrorism and counterterrorism task forces. New York, NY: Rosen Publishers.

Marketable Skills

  • Strategy Development

  • Interviewing

  • Investigating

  • Strategic Analysis

  • Assessments

Relevant Job Fields 

  • Protective Services

  • Protective Management

  • Security

  • Strategic Security

  • Risk Management

Sample Occupational Titles

  • Strategic Security Adviser 

  • Secret Service Agent

  • Federal Marshal 

  • Lead Program Developer 

  • Intelligence Researcher 

  • Professorship in Security Studies  

  • Financial Analyst 

  • Foreign Affairs Specialist  

  • Social Science Researcher  

  • Strategic Intelligence Studies expert 

  • Political-Military Analyst

  • Law Enforcement Officer

  • Investigators

  • Private Detective

  • Private Security

  • Security Guard

  • Gaming Surveillance Officer

  • Emergency Manager

  • Corrections Officer

Relevant Books 

  • Walker, S. W. & Foushee, J. (2014). Security careers: Skills, compensation and career paths. Waltham, MA: Elsevier

Job Related Links

Job links for related recruitment lists: 

 
Security Clearance

Many of the jobs in the strategic security fields, require that you get and keep a national security clearance. Understanding what it takes to get one and the likely disqualifying factors may help you avoid situations that might later cause delays or denials of a clearance.  If you are pursuing a career in the strategic security fields, you should know if those that require a national security clearance are likely to be open to you.  Click on the link below to learn how to: Obtain and Keep a Security Clearance 

Tips for Obtaining a Security Clearance

While Enrolled

Preparing for your career in strategic security while you are at Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security

  • Seek out a mentor.  Work a plan of action and stick to it.  Keep in touch with your mentor. 

  • Join a professional association and participate in the activities as much as possible.  

  • Take classes that challenge you and expand your skill sets.

  • Research, research, and research. It may not be the most exciting part of security but finding and linking disparate data and drawing conclusions is essential for the profession.  

  • Learn to communicate well in writing, oral presentations, video, and within a diverse group. You must be able to convey a position effectively.  

  • Develop professional relationships with your fellow students, faculty, and staff.  Build your network.  

  • Build a professional reputation in everything you do...even online.

Choosing a Major

Let's face it; you would not be attending the only online school that is solely committed to security studies if you didn't have an interest in the field of study. But if you are still undecided about which program or certificate to pursue, you should talk to the associate deans of the programs or some of the faculty.  After that, review the course catalog to familiarize yourself with the kinds of courses each program offers.  Once you are armed with the knowledge about the three programs, you should conduct a self-assessment to understand your interests and abilities.  Part of the process will be to examine what you hope to achieve within your career.  Think about other related issues such as your willingness to relocate, travel, or sit at a computer terminal.  Understand your strengths and weaknesses as well as with the strengths and weaknesses of the careers related to the program paths.   Hey, why not do a SWOT analysis to help make your decision?  

Making an E-Portfolio

One of the critical ways that you can stand out from the pile of resumes is to show the potential employer that you can do the job.  One of the easiest ways to show you can perform the tasks is to develop an e-portfolio using your D2L account.   By creating the e-portfolio, you can provide evidence of the specific competencies that you have achieved and reflect on your education. Take a look at an example of an e-portfolio and start creating yours today.   

Internships and Field Experience

Internships are a great way to explore the career field and gain practical experience.  They are short-term experiences with a defined period (usually a summer, a term, or a year) that can be full-time or part-time hours.  An internship can be paid or unpaid.  Internships are covered by labor laws.  Each state may have specific restrictions upon employers for internships.  As an example, unpaid internship usually can not displace employees or benefit the company financially.  Often you must receive college credit for participation in an internship, but it is not always necessary.  With an internship, there is no commitment to continue with the employer once the internship is over.  However, internships can often lead to a job.   Because internships are defined by tasks and activities, it is important that you determine what you hope to experience when selecting an internship.  Many internships within the security industry are well established, but it is possible to build your own.  Here are a few to get you started:  

Undergraduate: 

 

Graduate.  Many of the links above also have information that applies to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Here are a few explicitly addressing graduate level students.  

Build your own:

  • Research employers and the job field.  Understand what type of work might be available that matches the need in the discipline area and your goals for the experience;

  • Write a proposal.  Be specific to the task you want to accomplish and the experience you want to gain.  Include how it might benefit the company and how it will benefit your education.  Indicate if you are seeking paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time hours and if you have any flexibility.  Don't forget to include your resume.  

  • Make contact.  Send the proposal to specific hiring professionals.  Discuss it within your professional network.  Ask others for points of contacts and referrals. 

  • Follow-up.  Be professional and polite.  Don't be too pushy but make sure you follow-up to show your commitment.  

  • Coordinate with the University.  If you are seeking academic credit for your internship, coordinate with academic affairs well before the start of the experience.  You will need to ensure the tasks are appropriate, you understand the documentation requirements, and the experience is permissible within the University's program.   

Career Enrichment

Career Enrichment 

Being successful in a career in the security industry is a multi-faceted proposition.  You need to have a professional manner, as well as the right skills and credentials.  As you move toward your long-term career goals, make all attempts to succeed along the way by taking the appropriate actions.  Appropriate actions mean not only completing the requirements of the job but doing so in a professional manner. In all your work activities, think about how you want others to perceive you as a professional. Ensure that your actions support that goal.

Assessing Current Skills

Successful career enrichment includes understanding your current skill level compared to those most sought after within the security industry.  Many strategic security employers are looking for skills in written and oral communications, analysis and investigation, collaboration and group work, plans and organization, and basic mathematics and statistics.  Some employers are looking for leadership.  The purpose of career enhancement reflection is to determine your current level of skill and to identify areas in which you need additional skills, experiences, or education.  There are many resources available to help you to do a self-assessment on your current skill level.  You are wise to take advantage of them and obtain an accurate picture of your current skills profile.

Planning and Setting Goals

Planning and setting goals will help you reach the place you would like to see yourself in the next five to ten years. After you have looked at all aspects of that vision and have assessed your current skills, you should plan and set goals.  A proactive attitude and a willingness to accept potential change are helpful.  You may need to make short-term sacrifices to achieve your long-term objectives.  Here are a few tips to get you started: 

  • Understand your desired outcome and the steps to achieve it. 

  • Be specific about the objects so you can identify the necessary steps to success. 

  • Set short-term goals and intermediary steps.  They are often helpful in keeping you motivated and overcoming roadblocks. 

  • Seek the support of others.  Building a network of supporters can be useful and motivating especially when they share your vision.  Ultimately be true to yourself and your goals.  

Excelling in the Current Job  

  • Understand the expectations.  Make sure that you can articulate your performance expectations. Discuss your major deliverables, daily tasks, and the hours you are required to work. Seek feedback and be open to hearing in what areas you should maintain your performance and where you can improve.    

  • Do your job well. The standard of your work is the assessment of your quality as an employee and is part of your professional identity.  Have a good work ethic, do your job to the best of your ability, and don’t be overly focused on the next job unless you are successful in the one you have.  Meet deadlines.  Make notes of your successes and accomplishments for your performance reviews.  

  • Manage your time.  Develop a time management system that realistically considers your work requirements. Discuss timelines with your supervisor.  Deliver on your commitments and do what you say you are going to do.  As priorities change, resist the expectations. Make notes to help you remember key dates, deliverables, and discussions on the topics. 

  • Be observant.  Observe the office and your co-workers.  Understand who makes the decisions and how they are made. Pay attention how decisions are turned into actions and how they are tasked and disseminated.    

  • Manage your stress.  Exercise, eat well and take care of yourself.  Learn ways to effectively manage stress. 

  • Seek opportunities. Volunteer for training or leadership. Contribute as a team member. Take projects that force you to improve your skills.  Do what you can to demonstrate your commitment to the organizational goals. 

  • Be professional. Act with integrity. Limit personal items in your workspace. Keep your voicemail recording simple and up to date and your email signature simple. Dress appropriately. Be respectful of others: peers, subordinates, and clients as well as superiors.  Do quality work but when necessary take responsibility for your shortcomings.  

  • Communicate well.  Be clear and to the point in all written communication and verbal communication.  Know how to present your ideas, lay out your logical reasoning and be able to do so respectfully, clearly and concisely.

  • Help others.  Be a mentor.  Helping others to succeed not only shows you are a team player, but it can be enriching! 

Continuing with Education

Once you have determined the specific knowledge that you would like to obtain, evaluate if further education is required or desired.   There are a few considerations before you take on another degree.  In general, here are some pros and cons of going to graduate school right after obtaining your bachelor's or pursuing a Ph.D. after your master's degree.

Reasons to continue:

  • More education may be beneficial in obtaining your career goals. Some jobs required advanced degrees.   

  • You have the advantage of momentum and are a practiced student with good study skills.

  • You understand the time commitment.  You have already arranged your life to meet educational goals.   

Reasons to wait: 

  • You will have a better perspective of the knowledge and skills that will fit your goals. 

  • You will improve your perspective and understanding of the field by working and improving your worldview.  

  • Some employers will offset or pay for your tuition.  

  • You need time to unwind or improve your financial situation before making another commitment.