Joint Forces to Preserve Defense Jobs in Virginia


Defense jobs in Virginia requiring security clearance to be preserved

Despite plans laid out in February to cut defense and intelligence jobs from the Hampton Roads, Virginia-based U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), General Ray Odierno recently agreed to preserve all of the civilian defense jobs at JFCOM.

According to the Daily Press (Virginia), the new plan will preserve approximately 700 defense jobs in total, meaning the Defense Department will likely be keeping as many jobs as it plans to cut.

Kathleen Jabs, a spokeswoman for JFCOM, said that the new plan will keep the highly-skilled, experienced workforce as well as "ensure continuity of operations in essential missions and functions."

Positions within the Department of Defense or other agencies such as the Defense Security Service typically require security clearance, which is obtained after candidates undergo a series of steps including a lifestyle polygraph.

As such, candidates who have already obtained security clearance can be confident in their prospects for securing intelligence and defense jobs down the road because they have already cleared a major hurdle in the process.