India, Nov. 11 -- The world knows by now that there is a dearth of top tech talent to fill key jobs in businesses worldwide. That means companies have to look beyond the usual sources: competitors and universities.

The U.S. military, for example, represents a trove of potential prospects that could be invaluable to civilian companies, most of which have already trawled the top tier computer science and engineering schools, which cannot produce enough graduates to fill this void.

The Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines are huge buyers and users of technology and thus employ enlisted people and officers who are trained to run and maintain it. Managing servers, storage, and software is clearly a transferable skill.

Thus, there...