DoD Secure-Working with National Industrial Security Program

DoD Secure-Working with National Industrial Security Program

Interviews and topics centering on security clearances and protecting classified information according to the National Industrial Security Clearance Operating Manual (NISPOM).Did you know that employees with security clearances make up to 15% more than their counterparts? But many people don't apply for security clearance jobs because they are worried about their past and others don't apply because they don't understand the process.Insider's Guide to Security Clearances answers your questions and walks the reader through the process.It's like having a security clearance roadmap and a private guide.What I've learned after over two decades in the field is that fear and misunderstandings stop people from making good career decisions such as applying for security clearance jobs. Just like any career goal or dream, you can probably list a few reasons why you should give up before you even try. Here are a few common misconceptions:I have a bad past; so they won't give me a clearance. Everyone will see my personal secretsSecurity clearances cost a lot of moneyIt takes years to get a security clearanceSecurity clearances are too competitive; they'll never give me oneNone of these are true. Insider's Guide to Security Clearance gives you the real information and solutions you need to go after that security clearance job.Inside you'll find answers to your security clearance questions and information you can use immediately. My name is Jeff Bennett and I've been working with a security clearance for decades. I understand the system well and want to share with you my knowledge. I've taught courses in college, given security training to corporations, led security teams, and written many books on the subject. I think you will be pleased with this book. If you like it, please provide a review and recommend it to your friends.Visit for links to our security clearance blog and podcast. We also have training at www.bennettinstitute.comWebsites and mentions: security clearance and classified work books and training security clearance and performing on classified work consulting and training How to Win Government Contracts and Classified Work this on Youtube:


November 26, 2022 34 min

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This podcast is based on information from our NISPOM fundamentals course at

Podcast discusses:
Facility Security Clearances (for businesses)
Personnel Security Clearances (for people)

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Consulting  Services

Red Bike Publishing, LLC is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. We have sold thousands of books and training materials to individual customers. However, we would like to provide our manuals books and training to government offices to pass down to employees and contractors. 

Our products include training, books and services:

  • Reminder magnets for security containers and safes.
  • DODM 5200.01 V 1-3 and stud...
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    Security Clearance and NISPOM   consulting

    Link to YouTube presentation

    This is a presentation of how to be a world class FSO
    From How to Get U.S. Government Contracts and Classified Work

  • Influence at all levels
  • Integrate security at all levels
  • Be fiscally responsible 
  •  Be flexible, but knowledgeable
  • If you need assistance with FSO or security training please contact me or visit my consulting site www.jeffreyw...

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    Security Clearance and NISPOM   consulting

    If you are a new FSO, there is no reason to travel your journey alone. You may recruit fellow employees to assist with the tasks. 

    Lately, contract language requires the contractor to conduct tasks in support of Program Protection Planning (PPP), Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM), Criticality Analyses (CA), and providing Program Protection Plan Implementation Plans (PPIP). These requiremen...

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    Security Clearance and NISPOM   consulting

    Here are the top reasons for marking classified information: 

  • Warn and inform a user that an item is indeed classified or sensitive
  • Conveys what exactly needs protection
  •  Identifies levels of classification or sensitivity
  • Provides vital information and instruction on when to downgrade or declassify the material
  • Gives sources and reason for classifying the item
  • Warns of special access, control, di...
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    Though defense contractors don't assign classification levels, it helps to understand why information gets classified and how the government identifies the classified information. The cleared contractor works with the classified information and protects it according to the markings.
    From How to Get U.S. Government Contracts and Classified Work

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    There are many contractual reasons to transfer classified information from one location to another. Meetings, working groups, and deliverable requirements are just a few. In the receiving organization, the FSO should ensure all arriving classified information is inspected and received into accountability.
    From How to Get U.S. Government Contracts and Classified Work

    The FSO should ensure that all classified deliveries are inspected ...

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    When Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) conduct reviews of cleared defense contractor facilities, they go with a purpose. Their first priority may be to conduct a risk assessment of classified information in the contractor's possession. However, they are also looking at above and beyond metrics that demonstrate the commitment to national security. These above and beyond attributes are often recorded and rewa...

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    Though not as sinister and espionage riddled as most savvy spy novels, export compliance is an issue that will get defense contractors in trouble. Violating State Department regulations will bring the weight of the US Government on the offending company. According to the International Traffic In Arms Regulation, ITAR, “Any person who engages in the United States in the business of either manufacturing or exporting defense articles ...

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    A cleared contractor can help reduce expenses with by preparing ahead of time. This is where an experience FSO can anticipate expenses, perform risk assessment while implementing NISPOM and advise on ways to reduce costs while being compliant. The more money saved on overhead expenses, the greater the overall company profit. The earlier into the process the assessment is conducted the better the company performs overall.

    It's a ...

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    Red Bike Publishing is pleased to announce the new NISPOM. National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual 32 CFR Part 117. 

     An FSO has readily available data to determine and communicate the effectiveness of the security program. Gathering available information, creating a detailed database and performing solid analysis will determine the program's success.

    End of day checks serve as a precaution against leaving classifie...

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       Red Bike Publishing is pleased to announce the addition of training. We have created a training program that includes an Initial Security Training/Annual Awareness Training presentation and much more required by NISPOM. Instead of designing your own, just download and present these. You can even modify them (which we recommend) or tailor to your CDC business.

    Feel free to contact us for information on how to promote your busine...

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    The National Industrial Security Program NISPOM is THE guidance for Cleared Defense Contractors (CDC) performing on classified contracts. However, it doesn’t always answer some questions these FSOs might have about protecting classified information. For example, suppose a defense contractor company has a contract requiring the storage of classified information at the SECRET level. Do ...

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    While Facility Security Officers, government and military employees do an incredible job at training employees, implementing and directing security programs to protect classified information, a more menacing threat is still left unchecked. 

        The security industry spends terrific amounts of money fortifying and constructing buildings based on best practices and not entirely on a risk assessment. The NISPOM and other regulations ad...

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    NISPOM Seminar
    Study NISPOM Fundamentals in Four hour session
    We excited to offer two live NISPOM Seminar events:
    • 23 March 4-8 Pm CST
    • 30 March 4-8 Pm CST
    Prepare for the Industrial Security Professional ISP Certification (ISP) and the DoD’s SPeD Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC).

    Those and several similar motivational publications stress that everyone has the same am...

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     So let’s talk professional goals, the NCMS’ ISP Certification and CDSE's ISOC are great ones to strive for.

    1.  Begin at the NCMS, ISP Certification information website @ If your goal is ISOC certification, begin at the CDSE website

    2. Understand the application process. There are minimum experience requirements that applicants must meet as well as administrative tasks b...

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    In the course of performing on classified defense contracts, exchange of classified information is inevitable. While, the movement of classified information outside of a secure environment is to be kept to a minimum, there are times it must be moved in fulfillment of requirements.
    As the senior industrial security manager in CDCs, the FSO leads the security program designed to protect classified information and prevent unauthorized ...

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    The latest industry buzz is the “release of the new National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)”. I’m putting air quotes in there, because an actual NISPOM has not been rewritten or re-released. There is no re-release of NISPOM, only a reorganization of the CFRs that duplicate National Industrial Security Program requirements.

    Conclusion:  No new NISPOM (just a few additions)

    ·                 32 CFR part 117 and 3...

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      We are pleased to present the newest podcast. In this issue, we address security certification and security training because; New Year's Resolutions.

     ISP® AND ISOC Master Exam Prep is now available here and at most online book stores.

    Also, we've provided real world security discussions and frequently asked questions. These occasions have proven to be good opportunities to clarify understanding of security policies and the...

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    This episodes discusses new guidance on Controlled Unclassified Information.

    In this episode of DoD Secure, I discuss the new guidance for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). There are a few points to consider: 

    1. The government designates CUI 

    2. CUI Registries, training and information exist with executors at Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) and DoD  

    3. The CUI guidance reflects the g...

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