DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook: What Defense Contractors Need to Know About Their Need to Know

By Jeffrey W. Bennett; Reviewed by G. Ernest Govea, CPP

***** DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook: What Defense Contractors Need to Know About Their Need to Know. By Jeffrey W. Bennett. Red Bike Publishing,; 332 pages; $54.95.

This book describes certain elements of the National Industrial Security Program, which is the government program for the protection of classified information. The book gives a good overview of the DD 254 Contract Security Classification Specification. There is also a general description on how to conduct a risk assessment. Unfortunately, the book has too many typographical errors to overlook, and there are some factual errors as well. For example, the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) is incorrectly referred to as the International Trade and Arms Regulation. Also the NISPOM is heavily referenced under “Resources” at the end of each chapter but, in each case, its title is incomplete. At times, the wrong terms are used, such as “classified markings” rather than “classification markings” and “procession” rather than “processing.”

Each of the book’s 13 chapters ends with a set of problems for a reader, user, or student to solve and a list of resources. The book also includes three appendices. Author Jeffrey Bennett is clearly experienced in many areas of the classified environment, and he makes some good points such as that people traveling overseas should be issued special travel computers free of information not required for the trip, and that all newly hired employees should attend a company’s initial security briefing.

There is good information to be found if one does not mind sidestepping the errors and incorrect references—but those weigh heavily in the rating of the book.

Reviewer: G. Ernest Govea, CPP, is the facility security officer and security director of government security for Parsons in Pasadena, California. He has been responsible for the protection of classified information in his 36 years with the military and the defense contractor community. He is a Vietnam veteran and a member of ASIS International.



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