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Commercial Aviation and Short-Range Missile Threats

Recorded on April 30, 2004

Threats, Tactics, and Technologies (9:00-10:10 a.m.)
Baker Spring - The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)
Captain Jim Schilling - Coalition of Airline
Pilots Association
Jack Pledger - Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Dr. Robbin Laird - ICSA, LLC
Victor Norris - Norris Electro Optical

Policy and Programs (10:20 - 11:20 a.m.)
James Dean - The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)
Phillip Karber - International Air Terminal, JFK Airport
Francois Grillot - Thales Airborne Solutions
Ronald H. Robinson - Boeing Commercial Airplanes
John Meenan - The Air Transport Association of America

Keynote Speech (11:20 a.m.-12:00 noon)
Ronald D. Sugar - Chairman, CEO, and President, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Larry M. Wortzel - The Heritage Foundation
(Introductory Remarks)

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In November 2002, two shoulder-fired missiles narrowly missed hitting an Israeli airplane carrying over 200 passengers during its take-off from Mombasa, Kenya. Jane's Information Group estimates that there have been 43 missile attacks on civilian aircraft, leading to the destruction of 30 planes and the loss of thousands of lives since the 1970s. The time for failing to act is long past.

Join us as two expert panels examine the true scope of the threat posed to commercial aviation from short-range ground-to-air missiles and the public policies that should be adopted to respond to this ever more likely danger. Ronald Sugar, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Northrop Grumman will conclude the program with an address examining how industry can help respond to homeland security threats.