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Mar 23

Obama's Planned Disarming of Commercial Airline Pilots - A Mistake

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

Mike Karn
Executive Vice President, Federal Flight Deck Officer Association (FFDOA) and Director of Security, Coalition of Airline Pilot Associations (CAPA)

Capt. Tracy W. Price
Commercial Airline Pilot, and Director, Airline Security Consulting Group

Hosted By

James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Read More