NSA starts push to recruit 1,500 workers

WASHINGTON: The National Security Agency (NSA) is embarking on a five-year campaign to recruit 1,500 new employees, a daunting task for a department so secretive it's frequently referred to as No Such Agency.

WASHINGTON: The National Security Agency (NSA) is embarking on a five-year campaign to recruit 1,500 new employees, a daunting task for a department so secretive it's frequently referred to as No Such Agency.

The modest public affairs office, which numbers just 10 PAOs and shares its director with another office, says it is "working with the media to get our message to the right people."

It is looking for candidates experienced in foreign languages (especially Arabic and Chinese), intelligence analysis, and mathematics.

The agency will be running print and online advertisements but says it is using no outside firms to aid the search.

Notoriously averse to media attention, the NSA, which serves as the government's clearinghouse for intelligence, attempted to lift the veil in the summer of 2001 by opening the NSA Museum and launching an accompanying PR campaign. Those efforts were scaled back in the wake of 9/11.

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