Your Research Guide to a Career in Defense or Aerospace

By Rick Jones, vice president of sales at RecruitMilitary and a former master gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.

I encourage job seekers to use this guide to learn about the defense and aerospace industries and the job opportunities available in them. All of the URL’s below are live links in the digital replica of Search & Employ®. You can access the digital magazine as well as PDF’s of this issue and back issues from


One excellent source of jobs information is a contractor group, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA; Its National Defense Mega Directory ( lists products and services in 13 categories:

(1) Aviation

(2) Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

(3) Combat Gear

(4) Environment and Energy

(5) Homeland Security

(6) Logistics, Transportation, and Manufacturing

(7) Maritime Systems

(8) Modeling, Simulation, Testing, and Training

(9) Professional Services and Consulting

(10) Research and Development

(11) Space and Missile Defense

(12) Vehicles

(13) Weapons and Ammunition

In addition, there is a listing of Small Business Classifications, which include Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned.

The listings are quite detailed. For example, the Aviation category contains 13 listings:

(1) Air Defense

(2) Air Traffic Control

(3) Aircraft (fighters, bombers, transports, tankers, trainers)

(4) Airframes

(5) Armor

(6) Avionics

(7) Composites

(8) Engines / Turbines and Components

(9) Fuels, Lubricants, Oils, and Waxes

(10) Guidance Systems / Seekers

(11) Low Observables

(12) Robotics

(13) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Each listing is a link. Clicking on a listing pulls up a list of companies that make the product or perform the service, and the company lists contain links to their websites. Most of the sites have “careers” pages.

Another contractor group, the Aerospace Industries Association, has a linked list of members.


To learn about the issues, the major players, and the general buzz in defense and aerospace, I suggest that you read magazines and media websites on the subjects. Most of the magazines are available both in print and online.

1105 Media, Inc. publishes Defense Systems

Access Intelligence, LLC, publishes:



AFCEA International publishes SIGNAL

Alpha Publishing Group publishes AirMaintenance Update

Flyer Media, Inc. publishes General Aviation News

KMI Media Group publishes:

Geospatial Intelligence Forum

Ground Combat Technology

Military Logistics Forum

Military Medical / CBRN Technology

Military Training Technology

Navy Air / Sea PEO Forum

Special Operations Technology

National Defense Industrial Association publishes National Defense

PennWell Corporation publishes:

Intelligent Aerospace

Military & Aerospace Electronics

Penton publishes:

Aviation Week & Space Technology

Defense Electronics

Sightline Media Group publishes:

Armed Forces Journal

Defense News

Sport Aviation Press publishes Powered Sport Flying Magazine

By Rick Jones