TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger spoke at the Seventh Annual Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., July 28, as part of a panel titled “The New Normal.” Other members of the panel included New York City Police Department Commissioner William Bratton, IBM Analytics Safer Planet General Robert Griffin and Federal Bureau of Investigation National Security Branch Executive Assistant Director Michael Steinbach.
Moderated by Daily Beast Senior Intelligence and National Security Correspondent Shane Harris, Neffenger spoke about the current threat environment as well as information and intelligence sharing.
Neffenger explained that the current threat, “the way in which it is occurring, the unpredictability of its occurrence, and the proliferation of its occurrence is new.” He also pointed out that one of the challenges facing aviation security is ensuring that individuals who present themselves at the airport checkpoint are in fact who they claim to be.
“What we have to understand is that we have an enemy that is creative and adaptive and has evolved, and we have to do the same thing,” said Neffenger. “We have to learn to evolve at the speed at which the enemy is evolving their tactics and techniques, but more importantly to get ahead of that.”
Attendees included U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, former Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration John Pistole, and Senate Committee on Armed Services Chairman John McCain.
Each summer, the Aspen Security Forum focuses on the key security issues of the day during three days of in-depth discussion explored in detail by top level present and former government officials, industry and thought leaders, as well as nationally noted print and broadcast journalists.
To see the complete panel discussion, watch the webcast.