TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger was the featured speaker at The Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., July 13, in a forum titled “The Evolution of TSA: What Lies Ahead.” Hosted by Wilson Center Director, President and CEO Jane Harman, Neffenger shared his vision for TSA and preparedness to address threats and opportunities in securing the U.S. transportation system. Attendees included scholars, experts and industry representatives.
Neffenger spoke about TSA’s intent and reaffirmation of the workforce as security professionals working in an intelligence-driven, adaptable counterterrorism agency focused on the security of our nation’s transportation system. He also highlighted how the agency has fully integrated intelligence and analysis into operational planning and how it is reforming acquisitions and human resource management. Moreover, Neffenger talked about the importance of the airlines and airport partnerships in making improvements to airport checkpoints through innovation and technological advances, such as automated screening lanes.
His remarks were followed by a one on one discussion with Harman and a question and answer session with attendees that covered mitigating potential threats to aviation, relationships and partnerships with industry as well as cargo, surface rail and pipeline security.
The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.