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LA Times Snarky Op-Ed on TSA Screening Gets a Snarky Response

A sarcastic op-ed in the LA Times by Jim Tierney critiqued TSA airport screening but failed to offer new solutions–or even an understanding of the issues.

The Water Security Cycle

Our economy, ecosystems, and physical lives are dependent on water, but this critical resource is under greater threat than ever before, a warning given by a growing number of military, intelligence and national security leaders.

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 3 – Leadership in Innovation

By Ken Dunlap
Organizations these days spend a great deal of time trying to determine the best way to become more innovative. So how can we ensure the best possible outcome for the new TSA Innovation Task Force announced by Administrator Neffenger?

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 2 – Time for a Grand Strategy

By Ken Dunlap
TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger has challenged his organization to envision the Transportation Security Administration as an “integrated whole.” This will require a grand strategy to ensure that our security capabilities outpace the threats over time.

Homeland Security Community – Here is a Threat We Can End

Chris Battle, who founded Security Debrief to advance the homeland security mission, died from kidney cancer in 2013. Today, we have an opportunity to pick up the fight where Chris left off. Here’s how.

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 1 – Remove Airport Screening Functions

By Ken Dunlap
The last several months have been tough for the flying public, and we have an industry, Congress, and Administration looking to reform aviation security, and it’s time to do some thinking. We have the opportunity to transform our aviation security system in ways that will enhance its efficiency, reliability, and sustainability.

Public Participation in Identity Verification Biometrics Study

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in an experiment to test biometric technologies in an airport setting for the DHS AEER program . Here’s how it went.

Does Privatizing Airport Security Make Sense from a Customer Service Perspective?

TSA says there is no statistical difference in customer service between federal airport screeners and private contractors. Confirming or rejecting this statement takes data. So all we need to do is compare TSA data with contractor data, right? It’s not that simple, even though it should be.

Data-Driven Screening Accelerates Airport Security

By Max Skalatsky
TSA is looking for ways to improve it’s airport screening processes and throughput. What TSA should do is think of screening in a different way: focus on the bottleneck problem at airports with much better strategic and operational processes.

DC Metro Resilience – The Issue We Need to Talk about

Most organizations can perform well when conditions are at their best, but it’s those truly epic “bad days” when dependability and performance are most important. Given how poorly the Washington, DC, Metro system has been performing on its “good days,” is there any reason to believe it will be able to perform under horrific conditions?