The President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget slashes the Federal Flight Deck Officers program (FFDO) in half. Furthermore, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano testified in February that she believes the FFDO program does not fit into the “risk based” system of security applied by the Transportation Security Administration. Representative Chip Cravaack, a former Federal Flight Deck Officer and commercial airline pilot, who has led efforts in Congress to protect this program, will discuss technical fixes to existing law governing the program. Our panelists will assess and evaluate homeland security measures in aviation as well as the history and effectiveness of the Armed Pilot (FFDO) program established in December 2002.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable Chip Cravaack (R-MN)
Member, United States House of Representatives
Preceded by a Panel Discussion with
Lt. Col. Al Aitken (USMC Ret.)
Retired Commercial Airline Pilot, USMC Test Pilot and Director, Airline Security Consulting Group
Capt. Tracy W. Price
Executive Vice President, Federal Flight Deck Officer Association (FFDOA) and Director of Security, Coalition of Airline Pilot Associations (CAPA)
Commercial Airline Pilot, and Director, Airline Security Consulting Group
James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, E. W. Richardson Fellow, and Director