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S2's are the Intelligence and Security Officer for Military Units. This is often a thankless job, where they receive little training.

Industrial Security

The real "word" on Industrial Security is Defense Security Service.

They have a great webpage on Indust Sec at


Many have solutions and ideas, but DSS is the final authority.


The below is from the DSS website:



U.S. industry develops and produces the majority of our nation's defense technology – much of which is classified – and thus plays a significant role in creating and protecting the information that is vital to our nation's security. The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) was established by Executive Order 12829 to ensure that cleared U.S. defense industry safeguards the classified information in their possession while performing work on contracts, programs, bids, or research and development efforts.

DSS administers the NISP on behalf of the Department of Defense and 23 other federal agencies within the Executive Branch. There are approximately 12,000 contractor facilities that are cleared for access to classified information.

To have access to U.S. classified information and participate in the NISP, a facility – a designated operating entity in private industry or at a college/university – must have a bona fide procurement requirement. Once this requirement has been established, a facility is eligible for a Facility Security Clearance. A Facility Security Clearance is an administrative determination that a facility is eligible to access classified information at the same or lower classification category as the clearance being granted. The Facility Security Clearance may be granted at the Top Secret, Secret or Confidential level.

In order to obtain the clearance, the contractor must execute a Defense Security Agreement which is a legally binding document that sets forth the responsibilities of both parties and obligates the contractor to abide by the security requirements of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual.

Once a facility is cleared, DSS has oversight authority to evaluate the security operations of the organization. The DSS Industrial Security Representative (ISR) is the principal interface with cleared industry under the NISP. The approximately 280 ISRs, spread across the United States in four geographic locations, work in a professional partnership with the contractor's facility management staff and facility security officer to ensure the protection of classified information released under contractual obligations or research and development efforts. In addition, the ISR works with government customers on facility clearance issues which may impact on the contractor's ability to perform on the classified contract. In fiscal year 2008, ISRs conducted over 9,100 security inspections and DSS issued over 1,700 new facility clearances.

DSS is also responsible for certifying, accrediting and evaluating on a continuous basis the automated information systems used by cleared industrial facilities to process classified information. DSS processes approximately 4,000 accreditations annually.


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