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Recommended Reading

Below is a list of recommended reading for aviation security, airport management, and terrorism.

Aviation Security
1. Violence in the Skies, a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing, Philip Baum, 2016
2. Are we safe enough? Measuring and assessing aviation security, John Mueller and Mark Stewart, 2016
3. Permanent Emergency, inside the TSA and the fight for the future of American security, 2012
4. Bombers, hijackers, body scanners and jihadists, by Billie H. Vincent, former security director for the FAA, 2012.
5. General aviation security, aircraft, hangars, fixed-base operations, flight schools and airports, Daniel J. Benney Ph.D., 2013
Terrorism 
1. Chasing ghosts, the policing of terrorism, John Mueller and Mark Stewart, 2016
2. Drones and Terrorism, asymmetric warfare and the threat to global security, Nicholas Grossman, 2018
3. The threat matrix, The FBI at war in the global age of terror, by Garrett M. Graff, 2011.
Emergency Management
1. The Unthinkable, who survives disaster and why, Amanda Ripley, 2009
2. Situational Awareness for Emergency Response, Richard Gasaway, 2013
3. America the Vulnerable, Stephen Flynn, 2004
4. Edge of Disaster, Stephen Flynn, 2007
5. Mission Improbable, using fantasy documents to tame disaster, Lee Clark 1999
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How Can You Live at the Airport – Rent Free!

The recent story about an individual living at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport, apparently within the Security areas, is extraordinary. It is not that unusual to have homeless people, or others who are stranded in their travels, that live for a few days at the airport, but it is rare for that to occur in… Continue Reading

Is Generation Zoom Going to Learn Anything?

Is Generation Zoom Going to Learn Anything?

It’s official. Generation Z now stands for Generation Zoom. For nine months, we’ve talked online, taught online, and trained online. But is anybody learning anything, or are we just marking time? I recently conducted a very comprehensive straw poll. I asked my three kids if they’re learning anything. I have one in elementary school, one… Continue Reading

The Next American Terrorist

History is repeating itself, but the future will be worse than we ever imagined. Some people believe the divisions in our country are so great, the results of the next election may lead to the next American Civil War. I don’t know what will happen after this election. All I know is the history of… Continue Reading

Aviation Pandemic

Aviation Pandemic

You’re loving us now, aren’t you? Remember aviation? That wonderful industry that teleported us to nearly any other part of the planet within hours? That delivered stuff to our doorstep within a day or so? That generated tens of thousands of jobs and poured millions of dollars of new money into your local economy? Yea,… Continue Reading

Getting rid of VIPR, TSA exit lane personnel, and $46 million in airport security improvement money – is this a good idea?

Getting rid of VIPR, TSA exit lane personnel, and $46 million in airport security improvement money – is this a good idea?

In his recent budget proposal, President Trump calls for cutting funding for 31 explosive-detection dogs, and their handlers, and also to cut TSA staff who monitor access to certain secure areas at the airport. Understanding the potential consequences of these changes is first about understanding what these programs are supposed to do. The Visible Intermodal… Continue Reading

What Should TSA Funding Include in 2020?

What Should TSA Funding Include in 2020?

The U.S. Administration’s budget request for TSA Fiscal Year 2020 continues to be debated. At first glance, I do not like that agencies like the US Coast Guard and cybersecurity defense are getting less funding and focus. I believe cyber is the largest vulnerability to our country and in reality, it’s not a matter of when we go to… Continue Reading

H.R. 6438 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act

H.R. 6438 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act

An interesting update on drone security was recently published by the AAAE Legislative Alliance on the H.R. 6438 DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act. Introduced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) July 18, 2018, the bill would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002, establishing a DHS Coordinator position to: Coordinate the development of policies and plans to… Continue Reading