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9-11 Airport Security Challenges — A Blueprint for Future Safety

Jan. 9, 2009 - Although it has been over seven years since 9-11, aviation intelligence and
security experts continue to evaluate aviation safety and security.

January 9, 2009  By Melissa Damota

Post 9-11 Airport Security Challenges — A Blueprint for Future Safety
88th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting (Session 614) 

Although it has been over seven years since 9-11, aviation intelligence and
security experts continue to evaluate aviation safety and security. Are the
flying public and our airports truly any safer? Recent terrorist attacks suggest
we may need to examine new approaches in intelligence planning, security
measures, and operational tactics and strategies. Leading aviation
intelligence and security experts discuss today's challenges in light of what
we know post-9-11 and what we should know going forward.

Moderator: Dr. Richard W. Bloom, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences,
Professor, Global Security Intelligence Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University – Airport Security and Intelligence – Dr. Bloom conducts and
reviews applied research and policy analysis on aviation intelligence and
security systems. His specialties include threat, vulnerability, and risk
assessment; personnel security and counterintelligence; covert action;
antiterrorism and counterterrorism; and the psychology of information
warfare. He currently serves on the Governor of Arizona's Homeland Security
Coordinating Council and is the vice chair of the Transportation Research
Board's Aviation Security and Emergency Management Task Force.

Dr. Vahid Motevalli, Faculty, School of Engineering and Applied Science,
George Washington University – Security Challenges in General Aviation and
Very Light Jets – He is the co-founder and previous director of the Aviation
Institute at George Washington University and the Aviation Safety and
Security Management Certificate Program. Dr. Motevalli was selected by the
American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a Congressional Fellow and
served in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science. He has
been a co-chairman of the Safety Track of the International Conference on
Aviation Safety and Security in the 21st Century co-sponsored by the
Presidential (Gore) Commission on Aviation Safety and Security.


Robert Baker, Associate Professor of Global Security and Intelligence Studies,
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – An Operational Analysis – Baker was
previously a special agent in the U.S. Air Force Office of Special
Investigations and an investigator for the Transportation Security
Administration. His research specialties include forensic science and aviation
security technology.

Dr. Arnold Barnett, George Eastman Professor of Management, MIT's Sloan
School of Management – Airline Security: Where are We? – Dr. Barnett heads
an FAA research team investigating antiterrorist measures. He is a recipient
of the President's Citation from the Flight Safety Foundation and the
President's Award from the Institute for Operations Research and
Management Sciences for his contributions to flight safety.

Dr. Kenneth Button, Professor of Public Policy, School of Public Policy, George
Mason University – Aviation Security in the 21st Century – He was previously
an international aviation advisor to the Secretary General of the Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development and a consultant to the European
Union, Transport Canada, and the European Conference of Ministers of
Transport. He'll critique current aviation security programs/policies and offer
advice for the future.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Omni Shoreham Hotel – Executive Room
2500 Calvert St. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited
university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree
programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and
Engineering. The University educates more than 34,000 students annually in
undergraduate and graduate programs, with accreditation pending for Embry-
Riddle's first doctoral programs, in Aviation and in Engineering Physics. Embry-
Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and
Daytona Beach, Fla., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 130
campus centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East,
and through online learning. For more information, visit


Bill Thompson
Director of Public & External Relations
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott, Ariz., Campus
Office: (928) 777-6961
Cell: (928) 830-0897


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