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National defense, including U.S. Homeland Security, relies on the ideas, technologies, and products from the aerospace industry to keep our nation militarily strong and safe.

Actual national defense aerospace products and systems are usually designed, engineered, and manufactured under contract with the United States Government by the national defense and aerospace units of major U.S. companies that also are involved in domestic commercial and civilian aerospace activities. These companies often specialize in areas such as strategic and tactical aircraft, missile systems, space and airborne intelligence gathering, and/or integrated defense systems.

These defense contractors have national defense aerospace components in such areas as strategic and tactical aircraft, missile systems, space and airborne intelligence gathering, and/or integrated defense systems.

Missile Launching from Ship - copyright © 2006 Dept of Defense - used with permission

These large contractors, and their hundreds of smaller suppliers, will continue to need highly-skilled employees, including:

  • scientists and engineers;
  • computer software and network experts;
  • avionics and engineering technicians;
  • aircraft and spacecraft structural, surface, and systems assemblers; and
  • engine and aircraft assemblers and mechanics.

In addition to these professions, there will be a need for other professional and technical specialists.

Two sites have information on defense. Click the logos or the links.

  • U.S. Department of Defense
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    Recruiting Information and Career Opportunities
    The Department of Defense -- the largest U.S. employer -- offers many thousands of rewarding and challenging jobs, in hundreds of different fields, as a servicemember or as a civilian, throughout the United States and around the world. Information about these opportunities is readily available on line:
  • Air Force Link - Careers
    Air Force Link Banner

    For the latest news and information affecting Air Force careers - enlisted, officers, civilians, and retirees - the careers section of Air Force Link will point you to the right information at the click of your mouse.

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)

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