A More Practical, Aviation Security

By: , Posted on: July 15, 2013

Practical Aviation Security CoverThe second edition of Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats, is now available.

Besides the updates to the existing material, the second edition benefits from nearly four more years of practical applications of aviation security measures. Since the first edition, we have seen the integration of body imaging technology and the advanced x-ray systems into the screening checkpoint. But existing checked baggage screening technologies are nearing the end of their lifecycle and must be replaced.

The second edition focuses extensively on intelligence and improvements to operational security. There is a lot more information on how bad guy operate and how to counter existing and future threats.

The Yemen air cargo plot, and the underwear bomber, part one and part two, are just some of the incidents that have been added, as the terrorists remain fascinated with attacking aviation.

Prior to 9/11 there was very little focus on connecting the aviation security professional with the intelligence community. Since 9/11, the United States has blanketed the world with intelligence collection capabilities and has made much of this data available to airport and airline security personnel. Accessing the intel community, along with how to assess intelligence to determine actions that can be taken, was a major focus of the update.

When the first edition came out, air cargo security measures were in their infancy, but now we are at 100% screening and several air cargo screening and protection programs are now in place.

The general aviation security chapters, which were previously divided between GA airport and GA aircraft operator security, have been combined. General aviation continues to be largely unregulated, however it is not been a traditional threat vector for air terrorism.

A new chapter on Security Operations has been added. It focuses on the practice of red teaming, terrorist operational planning cycles and expanded information on airport policing and security operational strategies.

The Threat Matrix chapter includes new asymmetrical threats including directed energy weapons and lessons from the US special operations community that can be applied at the airport, screening and aircraft operator level.

The benefit of the second edition is the first edition reached a massive audience. Many of the individuals and organizations that were able to read the first edition provided valuable insights and updates for the second edition. This edition is much more of a team effort and belongs in any course that relates to homeland or aviation security and on the desk of any individual who is responsible in any way for protecting our nation’s aviation system.

For further reading, check out Jeffrey Price’s security blog on Leading Edge Strategies.

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