Cablegate: Dhs/Tsa Manpads Team Visit Successful
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SUBJECT: DHS/TSA MANPADS TEAM VISIT SUCCESSFUL
SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED. FOR USG USE ONLY.
1. (SBU) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officers, Mr.
Santo Polizzi and Mr. David Thomas, completed a successful October
22-26 visit to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to
assess the airport for vulnerabilities related to Man-Portable Air
Defense Systems (MANPADS).
2. (SBU) Following an in-briefing on Monday with airport
stakeholders, the team was accompanied throughout the week by
representatives from each of the Kenyan agencies with a role in
security at the airport: Mr. Justus Kabaka (Kenya Airports
Authority, Manager of Security Services), Mr. George Nakasangah
(Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Aviation Security Inspector), Mr.
Paul Langat (Kenya Police Superintendent/Staff Officer for
Administration), and Mr. David Ngondi (Security Analyst/Chief
Inspector/Instructor). Other officers from these agencies, plus the
Kenya Wildlife Service and the General Services Unit participated in
some phases of the visit.
3. (SBU) The team received tremendous support from the Kenya
Wildlife Service and all stakeholders at the airport, which allowed
them access to all the resources they needed in order to conduct the
assessment. The team educated security officials on how to conduct
MANPADS airport assessments and consider a range of mitigation
options. They also left copies of all their assessment materials,
photos taken, and other materials developed in the assessment with
the Kenyan agencies for their use in training.
4. (SBU) The team will forward the completed written report in
approximately two months, through the US Embassy Nairobi.
Thereafter, the East African Aviation Security Advisor (Safe Skies
for Africa Program)/TSA Representative, Gerald Moore, will follow-up
to check the status of their efforts to mitigate the highlighted
5. (SBU) The team briefed the Deputy Chief of Mission before they
began their work, and debriefed the East African Aviation Security
Advisor (Safe Skies for Africa Program)/TSA Representative and Econ
Officer on October 26, 2007.