Spotlight On: Peter Pandolfi
Peter Pandolfi is a Senior Program Analyst with the Office of Inspection, assigned to the Special Operations Division, which is more commonly referred to as the “Red Team.”
As part of his job, he analyzes the division’s covert testing results to identify systemic vulnerabilities and produces classified reports that are distributed to the TSA Administrator and senior leadership. Additionally, he compiles information on covert testing results and develops briefing materials for leadership to address questions from the DHS Secretary and Congress.
“What I do matters because what I accomplish with the team in collaboration with other program offices has inspired numerous policy changes across virtually all aspects of the transportation security screening spectrum, including AIT screening procedures and the Explosive Trace Detection screening protocol for checked baggage. Serving on the frontline at Dulles International Airport when I started with TSA in 2002, I valued opportunities to work with many fine people and enjoyed my interactions with the traveling public. At the same time, I recognized areas for improvement and wanted to help affect those changes. When I was presented with the opportunity to join the Special Operations Division, I saw it as my chance to work with others to help advance TSA’s ability to meet its critical counterterrorism mission.
“What I find most rewarding is collaborating with a team of top-notch professionals in the planning, executing and reporting of covert tests. It is also rewarding to successfully convey to senior leadership the existence of security vulnerabilities and then mitigate those vulnerabilities through enhanced screening technologies and procedures. These efforts directly benefit and impact both Officers and the traveling public.
“What I find challenging is the constant need to remain current with the latest screening procedures and emerging technologies so we can design and conduct effective covert tests. I spend many hours every week studying the latest intelligence information to better understand the adversary and the methods they use. In all that I do, I believe that I’m making a meaningful contribution to the TSA mission.”
From the Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs