How to Become a Defense Contractor

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You have to be able to work through the red tape and understand government agencies to become a defense contractor. You will be able to get to the right projects, though, if you have the right qualifications and meet government standards for employees.

Things You'll Need

  • Security clearance
  • DUNS number
  • Obtain a security clearance. This is most easily done with a military background. Another option is to work for a government office that requires access to restricted information. Only the U.S. government can grant the appropriate security clearance.

  • Show evidence that you previously worked with secret documents and can observe confidentiality at all costs. Demonstrate proof that you can work on a need-to-know basis. Gather this information ahead of time to make the application process go smoothly.

  • Keep current on educational courses relating to defense contracting. Find sources of information on the Central Contractor Registration government website and fill out an application. A military or government background gets you in the door when lucrative defense contracts become available.

  • Maintain a spotless record. All of your past job-related information comes to the forefront when you apply to be a government defense contractor.

  • Visit websites and read publications that pertain to government contracting. Upcoming needs must go through the bidding process.

  • Acquire a DUNS number. This unique, nine-digit number is necessary in all contractor negotiations with the government. Make an application to Dun and Bradstreet for the DUNS number.

  • Fill out the appropriate application, submit it and wait to hear if you won the bid. You will be notified in a timely manner and receive your instructions, if chosen.

Tips & Warnings

  • U.S. citizens are the first choice for those awarding defense contracts.
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