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December 15, 2005

Stratfor on the future of federal air marshals

Filed under: Aviation Security — by Christian Beckner on December 15, 2005

Stratfor has a very solid analysis posted on their site tonight about the future of the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), written in response to the Post story on Wednesday about their intended deployment to land and sea transportation assets. (I commented on the story yesterday here.) The most interesting paragraph:

…the diversion of air marshals may in fact be the most viable fix to the dilemma, at least for the near term. In what could be termed the federal “war for funding,” the proposal announced Wednesday — in which air marshals would team up with local police or transit authority security forces to monitor threats on subways and buses in certain cities — the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made a shrewd move: It is not only responding to congressional pressure to do more for national security, but also highlighting its capabilities in a way that eventually could lead to greater funding for the air marshal program — which has been operating at a manpower deficit from the beginning.

I’m not convinced, given the risk that this move will backfire on TSA, but it’s an interesting thought. The whole story is a cogent analysis of the current situation with the FAMS, and is worth a read.

Update: The link to the story doesn’t work if you click it directly – it’s password protected – but you can read it via this Google News search.

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