Air Cargo Security

Air Cargo Security

Securing the Air Cargo Supply Chain, Expediting the Flow of Commerce: a Collaborative Approach

The Congressional mandate for 100% screening of air cargo carried on passenger aircraft originating in the U.S. takes full effect in August, 2010.  This event has the potential to seriously disrupt the air cargo supply chain with severe economic consequences.  Timely, effective implementation of the TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) promises a solution, but only if shippers, industry associations and the air cargo industry work together to take quick action. Successful deployment of the CCSP depends upon adherence to, and the rapid adoption of, the “5 Principles of Secure Supply Chain Design and Operation”, described herein. 

 

 

 

October 2009

 

Cargo Theft: Mitigating risk requires game plan

Cargo travels through many hands: airlines, ground handlers, trucking companies. That’s why it must have a chain of custody, Walt Beadling, managing partner at logistics security company Cargo Security Alliance, says.  “What that means is at any point in time, you know who has a particular piece of cargo, whatever it may,” Beadling says. “You may not know where it is, but you know who has responsibility for it. And at each point where the cargo’s transferred, there’s a handoff, a formal handoff, where custody is transferred from one entity to another.” 

Erik Hoffer, vice president of CSA, says someone must design a logistical plan in order to create that chain of custody and have as few handoffs as possible.  “There’s always going to be that one point where nobody’s watching the store,” he says. “Without having the ability to have a chain of custody throughout the different modalities, you’re not going to get anywhere.  You’re just going to have a problem always.” 

By Adina Solomon
asolomon@aircargoworld.com
Air Cargo World July 27, 2013
http://www.aircargoworld-digital.com/aircargoworld/july_2013#pg26 

Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) Pilot Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) and Strategic Plan

Q: What are the benefits to industry of participating in Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS)? A: While the benefits of ACAS participation vary between organizations, several universal advantages of joining include . . .

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/cargo_control/acasp_faq.xml

Air Cargo Advance Screening Pilot
Frequently Asked Questions
07/30/2012

Q: What are the benefits to industry of participating in Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS)?
A: While the benefits of ACAS participation vary between organizations, several universal advantages of joining include:

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GAO: Actions Needed to Address Challenges and Potential Vulnerabilities Related to Securing Inbound Air Cargo

According to this GAO Report, TSA has not yet met the 100 percent screening mandate as it applies to inbound air cargo due to several persistent challenges . . . 

According to this GAO Report, TSA has not yet met the 100 percent screening mandate as it applies to inbound air cargo due to several persistent challenges. For example, about one-third of air carriers that commented on TSA’s proposal to screen all inbound cargo by the end of calendar year 2011 expressed concerns about being able to meet this date without causing significant disruptions in the air cargo supply chain. In response to these concerns, TSA proposed a new date of December 2012.

Terrorist Threats to Commercial Aviation: A Contemporary Assessment

This article offers a thorough review of recent aviation-related terrorist plots, subsequent mitigation strategies, and current terrorist intentions and capabilities dealing with commercial aviation. It concludes by offering three steps security experts can take to reduce the terrorist threat to commercial aviation . . .

Nov 30, 2011

Author: Ben Brandt

Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Al-Qaeda’s Rope-a-Dope

An interesting academic article published in International Security a few months before the 9/11 attacks provides a good way to conceptualize the fight against al-Qaeda. Written by Ivan Arreguín-Toft, “How the Weak Win Wars” began with an extended look at the famed “rumble in the jungle” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman . . . Foreman, “the strongest, hardest hitting boxer of his generation,” was heavily favored—but was defeated by Ali’s “rope-a-dope” strategy, which turned Foreman’s strength against him . . . 

 

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Economic Jihad - Al Qaeda Declares War on the Air Cargo Supply Chain

. . . is 100% screening the best defense?

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has declared economic war against the US and is attacking it through the global air cargo supply chain. In an article published in the November issue of its on-line jihadist magazine “Inspire”, AQAP promises more small-scale attacks like the recent attempts to bomb two  U.S.-bound cargo planes, which it likens to bleeding its enemy to “death by a thousand cuts”. Why not? It’s cheap, e!ective and safe . . . for the terrorists . . . and it hits every one of us in a very sensitive place: our wallets.

 

. . . is 100% Screening the Best Defense?

Walt Beadling; Cargo Security Alliance, Cayuga Partners LLC
Jack Muckstadt; Cornell University, Cayuga Partners LLC

Risk-Based Airport Security Models

Today’s U.S. airport security policy rests on a fallacious proposition. By applying equal screening resources to all passengers and all bags, the system acts as if security officials believe that every passenger and every bag is equally likely to be a threat. This premise wastes limited security resources on low-risk passengers and bags, thereby devoting less resources to higher-risk passengers and bags. In addition, this approach has created a “hassle factor” at airports that drives away airline passengers.

Today’s U.S. airport security policy rests on a fallacious proposition. By applying equal screening resources to all passengers and all bags, the system acts as if security officials believe that every passenger and every bag is equally likely to be a threat. This premise wastes limited security resources on low-risk passengers and bags, thereby devoting less resources to higher-risk passengers and bags. In addition, this approach has created a “hassle factor” at airports that drives away airline passengers.

Asset Retention Technology: the A.R.T. of Security

Asset Retention Technology, or A.R.T., defines the new platform of  Rigsecure, a Florida Corporation’s product line for 2008. For every vulnerability to truck theft or loss, there is an appropriate deterrent that can reduce that risk to a manageable level. No product alone can replace prudent security best practices and no one can ever guaranty to neutralize all threats. By layering your security technology and processes to address known threats to corporate profits, you do stand the best chance to reduce conditions of loss and turn security costs into profit centers.

Asset Retention Technology, or A.R.T., defines the new platform of  Rigsecure, a Florida Corporation’s product line for 2008. For every vulnerability to truck theft or loss, there is an appropriate deterrent that can reduce that risk to a manageable level. No product alone can replace prudent security best practices and no one can ever guaranty to neutralize all threats. By layering your security technology and processes to address known threats to corporate profits, you do stand the best chance to reduce conditions of loss and turn security costs into profit centers.

Security is a State of Mind.

By Erik Hoffer

DEFINING VULNERABILITY: The overwhelming perception is that the global air freight system is both dynamic and efficient as it moves millions of packages worldwide on a daily basis. Little thought is given to possible disruptions in service or to the vulnerability of our fragile supply chain, especially as it relates to an airfreight based catastrophe. Logisticians routinely discount the myriad of threats to commerce as they use the air cargo system. Air cargo’s intrinsic vulnerability to financial loss seems to be almost transparent to them and therefore little is done or funded by business to reduce these perils at a corporate level. Only recently has our government dedicated resources to identify these risks worldwide and, unfortunately, has yet to create oversight standards to mitigate them.

By Erik Hoffer

DEFINING VULNERABILITY: The overwhelming perception is that the global air freight system is both dynamic and efficient as it moves millions of packages worldwide on a daily basis. Little thought is given to possible disruptions in service or to the vulnerability of our fragile supply chain, especially as it relates to an airfreight based catastrophe. Logisticians routinely discount the myriad of threats to commerce as they use the air cargo system. Air cargo’s intrinsic vulnerability to financial loss seems to be almost transparent to them and therefore little is done or funded by business to reduce these perils at a corporate level. Only recently has our government dedicated resources to identify these risks worldwide and, unfortunately, has yet to create oversight standards to mitigate them.

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