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DHS S&T, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Host Workshop for Airport Security

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have facilitated a workshop focusing on the future of airport security.

Professionals in the aviation industry convened at the second annual Aviation Security Futures Workshop in Reston, Va., to address issues in various aspects of airport security as part of the Apex Screening at Speed program, DHS said Thursday.

Apex SaS Program Manager John Fortune noted that the project coordinates with the Transportation Security Administration to procure modern technologies to sustain aviation security in the short and long run.

The event also built on the first workshop held in September 2017, addressing issues in biometrics, human factors, big data, location and tracking technologies, autonomous vehicles and future airport design.

Lt. Col. Steven Webber, deputy chief of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s nuclear detection division and Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Project on Speech, Privacy and Technology led discussions about innovation and civil liberty issues related to physical security.

DHS is planning to administer a third Aviation Security Futures Workshop in 2019.

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