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August 3, 2006

A MANPADS update from DHS

Filed under: Aviation Security,Technology for HLS — by Christian Beckner on August 3, 2006

The Federation for American Scientists (FAS) posted a copy of a report on MANPADS (anti-surface-to-air missile technology) that details the Phase II findings of DHS S&T’s MANPADS program. The report sounds an optimistic tone about system viability and further testing, but if you read it carefully, adding up the many barriers to implementation (e.g. cost, liability, ITAR issues, deployment challenges), and if you look at the fact that the program is all but zeroed out in the FY 2007 budget request (down from $110 million to $5 million), the reality is much bleaker for the program – at this point, for good reason. Given the cost, budget realities, and the current threat environment, it doesn’t make sense right now to move forward with a full-scale national MANPAD implementation. It does make sense to keep testing on a limited basis, keeping open an option for future deployment pending changes in the threat environment and budget conditions – which is apparently what the Department intends to do in Phase III of the program.

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Trackback by Greg Perkins

August 10, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

Airliner Missile Defense…

In my humble opinion, missile defense for commercial airliners is a waste of money.  Sinking billions of dollars into a system that has limited capabilities makes less sense than beefing up security and preventing the attacks in the first place.  Why…

Pingback by Homeland Security Watch » FAS removes DHS MANPADS report

August 14, 2006 @ 9:14 pm

[…] The Secrecy News blog at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) reported today that FAS decided to remove a DHS report on MANPADS (which I wrote about last week) in response to a lthreatening letter from a DHS lawyer: A July 31 Department of Homeland Security report to Congress on the status of defenses against shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles was removed from the Federation of American Scientists web site after DHS objected to its publication. […]

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