House hearing on threat readiness includes air marshal director's testimony

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released written testimony submitted by the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) to a Thursday hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Transportation regarding federal air marshal readiness.

FAMS Director Roderick Allison addressed the subcommittee and discussed the readiness of FAMS officers.

FAMS operations are carried out by law enforcement officers with specialized training to prevent and disrupt acts of terrorism and violence within the U.S. transportation system.

"We perform our core mission by deploying Federal Air Marshals on United States-flagged aircraft throughout the world, 365 days a year, utilizing a comprehensive Concept of Operations that aligns with TSA’s Risk Based Security (RBS) strategy," Allison said.

Allison also detailed the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) system, which requires cooperation among air marshals, behavior specialists, TSA agents and law enforcement officers at the local, state and federal levels to prevent possible threats.

In 2014, the TSA said it took part in approximately 14,000 operations at transportation venues during high-traffic events, including the State of the Union Address, Super Bowl and other sporting events.

  Allison also said FAMS is a key component in the TSA's counterterrorism operations.

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