Unsecure Skies

  • Filename: unsecure-skies.
  • ISBN: 0615835570
  • Release Date: 2014-04-20
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Clay W. Biles
  • Publisher:



The author gives us an unfiltered account of his personal experience as a Federal Air Marshal. The reader will see how a bureaucracy chartered to protect the flying public frustrates the best recruits by discouraging efforts to excel in physical training and marksmanship. Rigid bureaucratic dress codes and less than secure behavior by some managers risk identifying Air Marshals to terrorists. And even worse, some local supervisors abuse the benefits of their positions to make personal flights on the public's dime or engage in office romances with subordinates or steal government property. This book shows us the process by which recruits are taught to stifle dissent and learn to just accept and go along. The author eventually finds it impossible to tolerate these abuses. Someone has to do something about it. But can the Federal Air Marshal Service accept criticism from within? Will a whistleblower be successful? Read and find out.

The United States Federal Air Marshal Service

  • Filename: the-united-states-federal-air-marshal-service.
  • ISBN: 0615826520
  • Release Date: 2013-05
  • Number of pages: 278
  • Author: Clay W. Biles
  • Publisher: Wendy de La Cruz



This book is a passport into the world of the United States Federal Air Marshal. A fast paced world of danger and sacrifice, that over fifty years has stood the test of time, securing the skies and nearly one million people that travel on U.S. flagged air-carriers daily. These brave men and women have a story to tell: This is their story...

Federal Air Marshal Service Actions Taken to Fulfill Core Mission and Address Workforce Issues

  • Filename: federal-air-marshal-service-actions-taken-to-fulfill-core-mission-and-address-workforce-issues.
  • ISBN: 9781437919745
  • Release Date: 2010-01
  • Number of pages: 15
  • Author: Steve Lord
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing



By deploying armed air marshals onboard selected flights, the Fed. Air Marshal Service (FAMS), a component of the Transportation Security Admin., plays a key role in helping to protect approx. 29,000 domestic and international flights operated daily by U.S. air carriers. This testimony discusses: (1) FAMS¿s operational approach or ¿concept of operations¿ for covering flights; (2) an independent evaluation of the operational approach; and (3) FAMS¿s processes and initiatives for addressing workforce-related issues. Also, this testimony provides a list of possible oversight issues related to FAMS. This testimony is based on a Jan. 2009 report, with selected updates in July 2009. Includes recommendations.

Practical Aviation Security

  • Filename: practical-aviation-security.
  • ISBN: 9780128043592
  • Release Date: 2016-07-20
  • Number of pages: 598
  • Author: Jeffrey Price
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann



Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats, Third Edition is a complete guide to the aviation security system, from crucial historical events to the policies, policymakers, and major terrorist and criminal acts that have shaped the procedures in use today, as well as the cutting edge technologies that are shaping the future. This text equips readers working in airport security or other aviation management roles with the knowledge to implement effective security programs, meet international guidelines, and responsibly protect facilities or organizations of any size. Using case studies and practical security measures now in use at airports worldwide, readers learn the effective methods and the fundamental principles involved in designing and implementing a security system. The aviation security system is comprehensive and requires continual focus and attention to stay a step ahead of the next attack. Practical Aviation Security, Third Edition, helps prepare practitioners to enter the industry and helps seasoned professionals prepare for new threats and prevent new tragedies. Covers commercial airport security, general aviation and cargo operations, threats, threat detection and response systems, as well as international security issues Lays out the security fundamentals that can ensure the future of global travel and commerce Applies real-world aviation experience to the task of anticipating and deflecting threats Includes updated coverage of security related to spaceport and unmanned aerial systems, focusing on IACO (International Civil Aviation Organization) security regulations and guidance Features additional and updated case studies and much more

Hired to Protect

  • Filename: hired-to-protect.
  • ISBN: 143279390X
  • Release Date: 2012-08-01
  • Number of pages: 204
  • Author: M. I. Sawyer
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press



Maggie Stewart didn't gain the nickname "Mad Dog Stewart" without a reason. From the charred remains of an airline tragedy, Maggie Stewart's career began as a Federal Air Marshal. From that point on, her career, and her life, would never be the same. Chapter after chapter, this spell-binding story tells of her brushes with danger and intrigue, every page telling of her incredible adventures as she flies around the world "Hired to Protect" passengers and crewmembers, while on duty as a Federal Air Marshal for the United States Government.

Aviation Security

  • Filename: aviation-security.
  • ISBN: 9781437913422
  • Release Date: 2009-05-01
  • Number of pages: 78
  • Author: Stephen M. Lord
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing



By deploying armed air marshals onboard selected flights, the Fed. Air Marshal Service (FAMS), plays a key role in helping to protect 29,000 domestic and international flights operated daily by U.S. air carriers. This report examines: (1) FAMS's operational approach or "concept of operations" for covering flights; (2) to what extent this operational approach has been independently evaluated; and (3) the processes and initiatives FAMS established to address workforce-related issues. This report analyzed documented policies and procedures regarding FAMS's operational approach and a July 2006 classified report based on an independent evaluation of that approach. This report is the public version of a restricted report issued in Dec. 2008. Illus.

Review of the Department of Homeland Security s Handling of Suspicious Passengers Aboard Northwest Flight 327

  • Filename: review-of-the-department-of-homeland-security-s-handling-of-suspicious-passengers-aboard-northwest-flight-327.
  • ISBN: 9781437915280
  • Release Date: 2009-08
  • Number of pages: 47
  • Author: Richard L. Skinner
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing



Presents the results of a review of DHS¿s handling of suspicious passengers and activities aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 327 from Detroit to L.A. on June 29, 2004. On this flight, 13 Middle Eastern men behaved in a suspicious manner that aroused the attention and concern of the flight attendants, passengers, air marshals, and pilots. The objectives of this review were to: (1) determine the specific circumstances relating to Flight 327, including DHS¿s handling of the suspicious passengers before boarding, during flight, and after the plane landed; and (2) identify any lessons learned as a result of the suspicious incident. The auditor interviewed officials of various Fed. agencies, 4 major airlines, 10 airline industry assoc., and 6 passengers. Illus.

Airport and Aviation Security

  • Filename: airport-and-aviation-security.
  • ISBN: 1420070304
  • Release Date: 2009-09-14
  • Number of pages: 439
  • Author: Bartholomew Elias
  • Publisher: CRC Press



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.

The Second World War Europe and the Mediterranean

  • Filename: the-second-world-war-europe-and-the-mediterranean.
  • ISBN: 0757001602
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: Thomas B. Buell
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers, Inc.



From the prewar development of the German war machine to the ultimate victory of the Allied coalition, here is an in-depth analysis of the battles that raged on the Western and Eastern Fronts. It examines the major strategies, the innovative tactics, and the new generation of weapons—along with the people who used them.

Chasing Ghosts

  • Filename: chasing-ghosts.
  • ISBN: 9780190237318
  • Release Date: 2015-11-17
  • Number of pages: 391
  • Author: John E. Mueller
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



Chasing Ghosts exposes the ill-founded paranoia that has allowed the national security state to both feed at the public trough and undermine America's civil liberties tradition. Since 2001, the United States has created or reorganised more than two counter-terrorism organizations for every terrorist arrest or apprehension it has made of people plotting to do damage within the country. Central to this massive enterprise is 'ghost-chasing,' as less than one alarm in 10,000 is an actual threat - the rest all point to ghosts.Authors John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart contend that the "ghost chase" occupying American law enforcement and fueling federal spending persists because the public has been lead to believe that the terrorism threat is significant. The chance that an American will be killed by a terrorist domestically in any given year is about one in four million (under present conditions). Yet despite this statistically low risk and the extraordinary amount of resources put towards combating threats, Americans still worry and the government still spends billions. Until the true threat of domestic terrorism is understood, the country cannot begin to confront whether our pursuit of 'ghosts' is worth the cost.

Aviation Security Management 3 volumes

  • Filename: aviation-security-management-3-volumes.
  • ISBN: 9780313346538
  • Release Date: 2008-10-30
  • Number of pages: 804
  • Author: Andrew R. Thomas
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO



Because of 9/11, there is universal recognition that aviation security is a deadly serious business. Still, around the world today, the practice of aviation security is rooted in a hodgepodge of governmental rules, industry traditions, and local idiosyncrasies. In fact, nearly seven years after the largest single attack involving the air transport industry, there remains no viable framework in place to lift aviation security practice out of the mishmash that currently exists. It is the ambitious intent of Aviation Security Management to change that. The goals of this set are nothing less than to make flying safer, to make transporting goods by air safer, and to lay the foundation for the professionalization of this most important field. This dynamic set showcases the most current trends, issues, ideas, and practices in aviation security management, especially as the field evolves in the context of globalization and advances in technology. Written by leading academic thinkers, practitioners, and former and current regulators in the field, the three volumes highlight emerging and innovative practices, illustrated with examples from around the world. Volume 1 takes a penetrating look at the overall framework in which aviation security management has taken place in the past and will likely do so in the foreseeable future. It covers the major areas of focus for anyone in the aviation security business, and it provides a basis for educational programs. Volume 2 delves into the emerging issues affecting aviation security managers right now. Volume 3: Perspectives on Aviation Security Management covers the full spectrum of international aviation security-related issues. It will serve as part of the foundation for the next generation of research in the area in both a business and cultural context. Collectively, these volumes represent the state of the art in the field today and constitute an essential resource for anyone practicing, studying, teaching, or researching aviation security management.

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