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USAWC STRATEGY RESEARCH PROJECT

AIRLINE SECURITY AND A STRATEGY FOR CHANGE

by

Colonel Timothy J. Welch United States Army Reserve

Colonel Slim Connors Project Adviser

This SRP is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Master of Strategic Studies Degree. The U.S. Army War College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The views expressed in this student academic research paper are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

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Airline Security and a Strategy for Change

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AUTHOR: TITLE: FORMAT: DATE: KEY TERMS: Colonel Timothy J. Welch Airline Security and a Strategy for Change Strategy Research Project 15 January 2006 WORD COUNT: 5938 PAGES: 21

Biometrics, Federal Flight Deck Officer, Positive Passenger Bag Match, Airline Security Unclassified

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On September 11, 2001, the United States of America, a free and open society with numerous points of vulnerability, found itself at war against a coordinated terrorist threat. Obligated to secure the Homeland, the United States Government scrambled to develop measures that would uphold societal values while providing an in-depth defense capable of ensuring a more secure society. By executive order, agencies were created to protect the Homeland. The full effectiveness and efficiency of those newly created agencies and processes remains in question. Some will argue that they are fully effective while others emphatically proclaim them a complete failure. This paper uses U.S. airline security as a basis for analyzing the bureaucratic organizations created to deal with the terrorist...
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