Explosives Detection Canines and Homeland Security: Background and Analyses


Wayne Howards (Editor)

Series: Defense, Security and Strategies
BISAC: LAW117000

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a multilayered system composed of people, processes, and technology to protect the nation’s transportation systems. One of TSA’s security layers is comprised of nearly 800 deployed explosives detection canine teams—a canine paired with a handler. These teams include passenger screening canine (PSC) teams trained to detect explosives on passengers and conventional canines trained to detect explosives in objects, such as cargo. In January 2013, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on TSA’s explosives detection canine program. This book examines data TSA has on its canine program, what these data show, and to what extent TSA analyzed these data to identify program trends; and the extent to which TSA deployed PSC teams using a risk-based approach and determined their effectiveness prior to deployment. (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Explosives Detection Canines: TSA Has Enhanced Its Canine Program, but Opportunities May Exist to Reduce Costs
Jennifer Grover

Chapter 2. Testimony of Kimberly Hutchinson, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Training and Development, Transportation Security Administration. Hearing on ”Dogs of DHS: How Canine Programs Contribute to Homeland Security”

Chapter 3. Statement of Cynthia M. Otto, Executive Director, Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Hearing on ”Dogs of DHS: How Canine Programs Contribute to Homeland Security”

Chapter 4. TSA Explosives Detection Canine Program: Actions Needed to Analyze Data and Ensure Canine Teams Are Effectively Utilized
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 5. Testimony of Chris Connell, President, Commodity Forwarders, Inc. Hearing on ”Utilizing Canine Teams to Detect Explosives and Mitigate Threats”


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