Two-term Arizona governor Janet Napolitano became the third secretary of Homeland Security last January 21, replacing Michael Chertoff as head of the massive agency. With more than 200,000 employees, including the Transportation Security Administration, the DHS is the third largest of the Cabinet departments.
Janet Napolitano, the two-term Democrat governor of Arizona who has been nominated to become the third Secretary of Homeland Security, heads to Washington with mixed reviews, according to in-state news articles.
Homeland security experts are considering new measures to tighten security for general aviation operators as part of an ongoing attempt to prepare for unknown threats, according to Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“The nightmare scenario that we talk about is the possibility of a weapon of mass destruction being detonated in a city,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said at yesterday’s NATA Aviation Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C. “It’s obvious that general aviation is another place we have to look.
Government officials continue to shine a spotlight on general aviation security. Testifying last week before the House Committee on Homeland Security, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department would soon unveil a plan to tighten security standards for general aviation aircraft (read: business airplanes) entering the country from overseas.
GA groups generally welcomed the Senate confirmation of Judge Michael Chertoff to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, replacing Tom Ridge, who resigned. But his positions on general aviation are still unknown.
Retired Navy Rear Admiral David Stone, who earned high praise from general aviation groups as head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is departing the agency next month after little more than a year in the top job. He is the third administrator to leave the TSA in its three-year existence.