The military drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan has significantly reduced the number of cleared professionals working overseas. But that by no means means there aren’t a variety of openings for those who want to continue to support national security outside of the U.S.

A quick check of the ClearanceJobs site and you’ll find that among our 60,000 cleared job openings are hundreds of openings in overseas locations, including:

  • 108 in Australia (call me – I’ll move!)
  • 61 in Djibouti
  • 83 in the UK
  • 465 in Germany
  • 99 in Japan
  • 45 in Italy

and on…and on…and on.

The current geopolitical climate only increases the importance of international partners, as Japan’s own current efforts to establish a security clearance process emphasize. For cleared professionals, there are a number of employers with contract OCONUS openings today, including Booz Allen, Leidos, Amentum, CACI, and others. The government civilian ranks also have amazing opportunities abroad, so if you’re considering a stint of government service, you don’t have to don a uniform to serve in a national security position overseas.

Most jobs require civilians to accept a 3-year term if they’re relocating you and your family. If you’re looking for a shorter term or more temporary stint, there are still some of those opportunities available.

If you’re considering an overseas move, a year out from the transition isn’t too early to start putting out feelers and seeing what options are there. You’ll certainly want to read the fine print and make sure you vet any openings to make sure they’re legitimate. (That’s why a site like ClearanceJobs is a great place to start).

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