AAAE, in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, is pleased to continue the annual tradition of bringing federal aviation security policymakers and aviation industry stakeholders together at a joint summit to review the complex issues surrounding aviation security today. Here are the top five reasons why you do not want to miss this seminal event this year:
1. DHS and TSA are evolving the federal approach to aviation security to a risk-based paradigm. After a careful internal review of its processes, procedures and technology, TSA is just beginning to introduce risk-based security initiatives in the airport environment with limited proof-of-concept and pilot programs across the country. The time is now to engage with TSA in a meaningful dialogue on what risk-based security will mean going forward and the 11th Annual AAAE/TSA/DHS Aviation Security Summit provides the first real opportunity for airport operators, airlines and aviation industry leaders to provide input and feedback in an open and collaborative setting.
2. It is a tradition worth keeping. The first AAAE Aviation Security Summit was held only months after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Ten years later, it has provided an annual venue for top DHS, TSA and Congressional policymakers to join in a dialogue with key airport operators, airlines and aviation industry leaders regarding complex issues surrounding aviation security today and the evolving threats facing the industry in the future.
3. In response to feedback from past attendees, an extra half-day of formal conference panel sessions has been added, making the Summit span a day and a half on December 12-13, 2011. Panel discussions will cover the top issues facing airports and the aviation industry today, including: risk-based screening; funding and deployment of Advanced Imaging Technology, Automated Threat Resolution software and other emerging technologies; aviation worker credentialing, access control, and perimeter security; evolving general aviation security requirements; cargo screening; airport and TSA law enforcement and canine programs; and international harmonization of security standards and procedures. Click here for the latest agenda.
4. The Summit provides ample opportunities for attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors to network and make or keep valuable contacts at this end-of-the-year meeting. A welcome reception on Monday, December 12, 2011 had been added to provide additional networking time and opportunities to visit with state-of-the-art exhibitors. All other breakfast, lunch and conference breaks will also take place with the exhibitors so you can learn about the latest technology available to improve aviation security and plan your security budget for the year ahead. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are still available.
5. Airport attendees are welcome to attend the Airports-Only Meeting on December 13, 2011 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott from 1 to 5 p.m. following the conclusion of the official conference. For the first year, the Airports-Only Meeting will be held at the same site as the AAAE Aviation Security Summit. It is once again offered to airport attendees at no additional registration cost. The Airports-Only Meeting is one of only a few chances that the AAAE Transportation Security Services Committee has to meet in person and, more importantly, the half-day meeting provides a unique opportunity to have substantial “off-the-record” policy discussion with TSA policymakers in the room.
Who should attend?
Airport Directors and Executives
Airport Security Coordinators and Operations Managers
Federal Security Directors
Law Enforcement Professionals
Aviation Association Representatives
Aviation Legal Counsel
Government Affairs Professionals
Corporate Security Professionals