Dated: May 2016

Dated: May 2016


The National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) establishes the standard procedures and requirements for all government contractors, with regards to classified information. It covers the entire field of government-industrial security-related matters. The NISPOM comes in the form of DoD 5220.22-M “National Industry Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)”. The website below links to the most updated copy of the NISPOM.


Website: Defense Security Service “National Industrial Security Program (NISP)”


Contractors must sign the DoD Security Agreement (DD Form 441) and agree to comply with the provisions of the NISPOM. Defense Security Service (DSS) oversees contractor compliance with the NISPOM on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD) and 23 other federal agencies.


National Industrial Security Program (NISP)

The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) was established by Executive Order 12829 in 1993 to ensure that cleared U.S. defense industry safeguards the classified information in their possession while performing work on contracts, programs, bids, or research and development efforts. The Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency (DCSA) administers the NISP on behalf of the Department of Defense and 33 other federal agencies. 


NISPOM Table of Content
1.0: General Provisions and Requirements
2.0: Security Clearances
2.1: Facility Clearances
2.2: Personnel Security Clearances
2.3: Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI)
3.0: Security Training and Briefings
4.0: Classification and Marking
5.0: Safeguarding Classified Information
6.0: Visits and Meetings
7.0: Subcontracting
8.0: Information System Security
9.0: Special Requirements Section
9.1: RD and FRD
9.2: DoD Critical Nuclear Weapon Design Information (CNWDI)
9.3:  Intelligence Information
9.4:  Communication Security (COMSEC)
10.0: International Security Requirements
11.0: Miscellaneous Information
11.2 Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
11.3 Independent Research and Development (IRAD) Efforts


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Updated: 2/24/2021

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