Airport and Aviation Security: U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Age of Global Terrorism

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CRC Press, Sep 14, 2009 - Law - 439 pages
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The response of the U.S. federal government to the events of September 11, 2001 has reflected the challenge of striking a balance between implementing security measures to deter terrorist attacks while at the same time limiting disruption to air commerce. Airport and Aviation Security: U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Age of Global Terrorism is a comprehensive reference that examines the persistent threats to aviation security that led up to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, describes subsequent terror plots against aviation assets, and explores U.S. efforts to counter and mitigate these threats.

Addressing the homeland security challenges facing the U.S. in the age of terrorism, this text explores:

  • Security protocol prior to 9/11
  • Precursors to 9/11
  • The rising threat of Al Qaeda
  • Tactical and congressional response to 9/11, including new legislation
  • The broader context of risk assessment
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Airport security, including passenger, baggage, and employee screening
  • Airline in-flight security measures
  • Airport perimeter security
  • The threat of shoulder-fired missiles
  • Security for GA (general aviation) operations and airports

Beginning with a historical backdrop describing the dawn of the age of global terrorism in the 1960s and continuing up until the present time, the book demonstrates the broad social and political context underlying recent changes in the aviation security system as a direct result of the 9/11 attacks. Coverage examines ongoing threats and vulnerabilities to the aviation infrastructure, including an exploration of how past terrorist incidents have come to shape U.S. policy and strategy.


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Chapter 1 Pre911 Threats to Aviation Security and the US Policy Response
Chapter 2 The 911 Attacks and the Ensuing Policy Debate
Chapter 3 Policy Refinement in Response to the Evolving Terrorist Threat
Chapter 4 The US Strategy for Combatting Terror Threats to the Aviation Domain
Chapter 5 Evaluating and Managing Security Risks
Chapter 6 Exploiting Intelligence and Counterterrorism Information
Chapter 7 Passenger and Baggage Screening
Chapter 8 Airline InFlight Security Measures
Chapter 9 Commercial Airport Access Controls and Perimeter Security
Chapter 10 Mitigating the Threat of ShoulderFired Missiles and Other Standoff Weapons
Chapter 11 Air Cargo Security
Chapter 12 Security for GA Operations and Airports
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Bart Elias is a specialist in aviation policy for the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington, DC.

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