The Future of Transportation Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Securities’ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released its TSA Strategy 2018-2026 report.  This document will guide TSA operations through its 25th anniversary in 2026. The TSA was formed following the September 11th attacks in 2011 with the “singular mission of preventing another large scale act of terrorism,” according to TSA Administrator, David Pekoske, confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2017.

TSA uniform close-up

Strategic priorities identified by the agency include:

  • Improve security and safeguard the transportation system
  • Accelerate action
  • Commit to the employees of TSA.

The mission of the TSA is to “protect the nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.” This document highlights the vision and values of the TSA; expands on its strategic priorities for the next eight years; and, details key trends that are currently affecting the TSA and will likely present future challenges, as well as opportunities.

The TSA’s primary goal for 2026 is to be at the forefront of security innovations while engaging effective intelligence gathering and risk management in order to outmatch any future potential threats.

Unregistered users can read the report here, and access online links to the report and more here.

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