After a number of high-profile security breaches involving individuals with clearances, including Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, the White House issued a directive ordering the federal government to reduce the cleared population. The bureaucracy complied. The number of people with clearances declined by a quarter of a million in 2015. But questions remain about what that shift may mean for government effectiveness, national security and the local workforce, both in terms of pay and career trajectory. Kojo explores the local implications of the shrinking cleared population.


  • Paul Stockton Managing Director, Sonecon, LLC; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security and America's Security Affairs (2009-2013)
  • David Berteau [Burr-tow] C.E.O., Professional Services Council; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense (2015-2016)

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