posted on July 26, 2013 17:20
Outgoing U.S. Department of Homeland Security Jane Napolitano reflected on her tenure at the Washington Aeroclub’s annual luncheon on July 25. “We continue to press forward with our risk-based, intelligence-driven approach,” she said.
Napolitano broke down the past and present of aviation security into three phases. What she called “aviation security 1.0,” consisted of the immediate post September 11th aviation security elements such as the establishment of DHS and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). “Aviation Security 2.0” established the risk-based approach, and “aviation security 3.0” reflects the current era, which began under her leadership, of further refinement of aviation security.
The security described some of the accomplishments under her leadership, such as development of TSA’s Pre-Check program for frequent travelers, Global Entry program to speed up the customs process, and new technologies such as liquid scanners. “Our goal is to maximize possibility while minimizing risk,” she said.
Turning discussion of air cargo, Napolitano touted the 100 percent domestic cargo scanning currently in effect, along with global partnerships that amount to more than 60 percent of current global cargo.
Taking pre-screened questions from the audience, Napolitano was asked what her biggest challenge was as secretary. She responded that it was establishing the identity of the DHS as an agency. “Scattered in over 50 locations in the National Capital region alone has made it an immense challenge,” she said.
Regarding public-private partnerships, Napolitano said that it was “engrained in the culture of the agency. It’s in everything we do and we ensure that it will be in the vocabulary of those that will be there after I’m gone.”
Secretary Napolitano announced her resignation earlier this month to accept a position as the head of the University of California system. She is expected to start her new position in September.