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Apr 25

Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security

Since 2001 the TSA has accepted responsibility for protecting over two million people a day at U.S. airports and managing transportation operations around the world. But how effective is this beleaguered agency, and is it really keeping us safe from terrorism? In his new book, former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley examines the secrets behind the agency's ongoing battle to outthink and outmaneuver terrorists, illuminating the flawed, broken system that struggles to stay one step ahead of catastrophe. Citing numerous thwarted plots and government actions that have never before been revealed publicly, Hawley suggests that the fundamental mistake in America's approach to national security is requiring a protocol for every contingency. Instead, he claims, we must learn to live with reasonable risk so that we can focus our efforts on long-term, big-picture strategy, rather than expensive and ineffective regulations that only slow us down.

Kip Hawley left his job in Silicon Valley a month after 9/11 to help build the TSA. In mid-2005, he became the fourth administrator in the agency's troubled three-year existence. During his tenure he facilitated a transformation of the TSA's culture and operations, improving training, upgrading technology, and extending public outreach. Since leaving the TSA, Hawley has been a regular guest commentator for print media and on television. Today he is a private consultant.

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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