Aviation and Airport Security: Terrorism and Safety Concerns. By Kathleen M. Sweet; published by Prentice Hall; available from ASIS International, Item #1582, 703/519-6200 (phone), www.asisonline.org (Web); 375 pages; $51 (ASIS members), $57 (nonmembers).
For obvious reasons given the events of 9-11, far more attention has been lavished on airport and aviation security, and more federal funds have been showered on that sector, than on any other mode of transportation. This book takes a close look at the concerns and complexities faced by the public, industry, and government in addressing continued terrorist threats to aviation, which are ever-shifting.
Author Kathleen M. Sweet is well-credentialed with her military and aviation background. She has done her homework: Her presentation is well-outlined and clearly documented, focusing on how terrorism on commercial aviation affects the world economy. She also reviews terrorist threats, law enforcement efforts, and intelligence-community initiatives.
Among topics covered here are screening, private security personnel, new technology, cargo security, and airport security outside of the United States. Chapters begin with bullet points relevant to the topic. The topic is discussed, analyzed, and wrapped up with a conclusion, making the book a good pedagogic tool.
In all, Sweet's book offers relevant and worthwhile information on a topic that will be much discussed and debated for the foreseeable future. It's a worthy purchase as a reference book to consult for planning and preparation.
Reviewer: Randall K. "Doc" Holladay is an investigator with Southwest Airlines' corporate security department in Dallas. He is a reservist currently deployed in Iraq as a U.S. Army CID Special Agent assigned to protective service detail. He is a member of the ASIS International Transportation Security Council.