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Aviation Security Policy, National Security Presidential Directive 47 / Homeland Security Presidential Directive 16

National Security Presidential Directive-47/Homeland Security Presidential Directive-16 (NSPD-47/HSPD-16) details a strategic vision for aviation security while recognizing ongoing efforts, and directs the production of a National Strategy for Aviation Security and supporting plans. The supporting plans address the following areas: aviation transportation system security; aviation operational threat response; aviation transportation system recovery; air domain surveillance and intelligence integration; domestic outreach; and international outreach.

An over-arching national strategy is necessary to optimize the coordination and integration of government-wide aviation security efforts. The Strategy sets forth U.S. Government agency roles and responsibilities, establishes planning and operations coordination requirements, and builds on current strategies, tools, and resources.

Supporting Plans

Supporting plans have been drafted by the Departments and Agencies as required by NSPD-47/HSPD-16.

  • Aviation Transportation System Security Plan (PDF, 19 pages - 115 KB) seeks to enhance public security and economic growth by promoting global aviation security practices aimed at reducing vulnerabilities associated with the aviation transportation system. It sets forth a risk-based implementation plan for the continued reduction of vulnerabilities within the aviation transportation system. The development of this plan was led by the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Transportation.
  • Aviation Operational Threat Response Plan (PDF, 20 pages - 111 KB) ensures a comprehensive and coordinated U.S. Government response to air threats against the United States or U.S. interests. The development of this plan was led by the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General.
  • Aviation Transportation System Recovery Plan. Rapid recovery from an attack or similar disruption in the Air Domain is critical to the economic well-being of our Nation. A credible capacity for rapid recovery will minimize an incident’s economic impact. The ATSR Plan includes recommended measures to mitigate the operational and economic effects of an attack in the Air Domain. The development of this plan was led by the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Transportation.
  • Air Domain Surveillance and Intelligence Integration Plan (PDF, 26 pages - 140 KB) In order to have effective knowledge of the threat to the United States and U.S. interests in the Air Domain, the U.S. Government must have a plan to coordinate requirements, priorities, and implementation of national air surveillance resources and the means to share this information with appropriate stakeholders. The ADSII Plan supports an enhanced surveillance capability to detect and deter threats that could lead to an attack on the U.S. aviation transportation system. The development of this plan was led by the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence.
  • Domestic Outreach Plan (PDF, 12 pages - 67 KB) The successful implementation of NSPD-47/HSPD-16 must include coordination with State and local government authorities and consultation with appropriate private sector persons and entities. The DO Plan ensures that this proper coordination with the private sector and local government authorities takes place. The development of this plan was led by the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Transportation.
  • International Outreach Plan (PDF, 13 pages - 69 KB) U.S. Government efforts must be global efforts and developed with the cooperation of other governments and international organizations. The IO Plan is aimed at ensuring the proper coordination with entities abroad. The development of this plan was led by the Secretary of State.
Last Published Date: April 16, 2013
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