TSA Strategy

TSA Strategy

TSA sets Agency goals via an end-to-end risk-based, strategic planning process.

The TSA Strategy and its supporting Administrator’s Intent and Roadmaps align with Departmental and National strategies and plans, such as the National Security Strategy, National Strategy for Transportation Security, National Strategy for Aviation Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Strategic Plan. This alignment enables TSA to develop cohesive plans at the strategic and tactical levels that drive activities to execute our mission. These comprehensive strategic planning activities also inform TSA’s budget planning process and produce the Capital Investment Plan, which drives security and technology modernization efforts across a multi-year planning process.

Key TSA strategic documents include:

  1. The 2018-2026 TSA Strategy guides the agency through TSA’s 25th anniversary and identifies three strategic priorities: Improve Security and Safeguard the Transportation System, Accelerate Action, and Commit to Our People.
  2. The FY21-22 Administrator’s Intent sets short-term objectives to advance TSA’s mission and accomplish the TSA Strategy. These objectives are created with broad internal and external support and resource constraints in mind. It provides clear guidance to the workforce and our stakeholders of TSA’s short term priorities.
  3. TSA develops Roadmaps, and corresponding implementation plans, for cross-cutting and emerging subject areas to articulate a common vision for the TSA enterprise and external partners to work towards common goals and objectives. Roadmap themes and objectives are in alignment with direction in the Administrator’s Intent (e.g., Cybersecurity, Insider Threat).
  4. The Capital Investment Plan (CIP) details technology investments in order to achieve TSA’s strategy and mission. The CIP provides a cohesive view of the transportation security investments necessary to achieve TSA’s strategic priorities within the context of its operational environment and threat landscape. The CIP serves as TSA’s guide when determining and prioritizing future investments to fulfill its critical mission.

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David PekoskeDavid Pekoske was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Transportation Security Administration’s seventh administrator in August 2017. His five-year term expires in August 2022. He leads a workforce of approximately 64,000 employees and is responsible for security operations at nearly 440 airports throughout the United States. TSA is also the lead federal agency for security of highways, railroads, mass transit systems and pipelines. Under his leadership, TSA improved security for both aviation and surface transportation through close partnerships and alliances, a culture of innovation, and development of a dedicated workforce. In addition to his role as Administrator, Pekoske served as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security from April to November 2019. He was also a commissioner on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission that developed a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against attacks of significant consequence. 

Before joining TSA, Pekoske was an executive in the government services industry where he led teams that provided counterterrorism, security and intelligence support services to government agencies. He served as the 26th Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, culminating a Coast Guard career of 33 years that included extensive operational and command experience. As the Vice Commandant, Pekoske was second in command, also serving as the Coast Guard’s Chief Operating Officer and Component Acquisition Executive. He is a recognized expert in crisis management, strategic planning, innovation and aviation, surface transportation and maritime security. In addition, he has been twice awarded the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal.

Pekoske holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.