Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is the process by which the Department of Defense restructures military installations by closing some and rehoming people and jobs to others. An estimated 19,000 new indirect and induced jobs – defense contractors, jobs supporting the installations, jobs generated in the communities surrounding the bases – was associated with the influx of nearly 28,000 households moving to the area. Maryland has always played a pivotal role in our Nation’s defense and will take on even greater responsibilities in homeland security. The opportunity for those individuals with cyber security skill sets to procure jobs in the area has never been better. The deadline for those military and civillian jobs to be in place was September 15, 2011. This does not mean that you have missed out – the hiring for the jobs put in place will be on-going.
Students just starting out or those looking to further enhance their knowledge can find plenty of educational opportunities in the State and the Maryland Higher Education Commission has a great resource page listed here http://www.mhec.state.md.us/higherEd/BRAC/BRACpage.asp Students can also apply for internships and in some instances you may receive college credit for your work.