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Kenneth C Fletcher
- Career Overview: 14-years of experience in aviation and transportation security including nearly 10-years in Senior Executive Service positions with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 5-years in the private sector with Motorola’s Personal Communications Sector (now Motorola Mobility) in a variety of manufacturing, quality assurance, and project management positions related to cellular telephone production and marketing. Retired Navy veteran with 23- years on active duty including 9 in the enlisted ranks and 14 as a Commissioned Officer.
- During his tenue at TSA, Mr. Fletcher spent 8-years serving in several different policy positions where he was directly involved in establishing transportation security policy, and leading the development and implementation of risk management programs. He was a principle architect of TSA’s adoption of a risk-based approach to transportation security, and my graduate thesis “Aviation Security: A Case for Risk-Based Passenger Screening” is the foundational document behind this effort and led to the widely-recognized TSA Precheck program. The shift to a risk-based security approach to executing aviation security responsibilities fundamentally transformed the governments approach to a key aspect of its homeland security mission, and dramatically improved the travel experience for over 350 million travelers each year. Beyond aviation passenger screening, Mr. Fletcher worked to help instill fundamental risk management principles to all other aspects of transportation security including deployment of Federal Air Marshals, use of explosive detection canine teams, establishing risk evaluation criteria for last point of departure airports overseas, regulatory compliance and oversight, security technology and deployment, and developing an integrated risk management model for domestic airports supporting dynamic use of security capabilities to more effective reduce risk across the aviation domain. These efforts integrated cyber-security as a key consideration in assessing and managing risk.
- As one of the few Chief Risk Officers in federal government, he has practical experience and a deep understanding of the challenges of implementing formal risk management programs in the public sector. The Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program Mr. Fletcher led is recognized model across the Federal government, with several ERM program features cited by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as best practices across government. The TSA ERM program was one of just 9 federal programs called out by GAO. He provided ERM program advice and consultation to several departments and agencies including the National Security Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, National Plans and Protections Bureau, Federal Emergency Management Institute, U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Managers (AFERM) awarded me with their Leader of the Year Award for 2016.
- As a recognized expert in risk management and risk-based security, Mr. Fletcher has served as a speaker or panelist at a variety of conferences, seminars and transportation association events. These events include the Military Operations Research Society (MORS), Security Analysis and Risk Management Association (SRA), Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Managers (AFERM), American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC), the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), and numerous aviation industry related associations. He has also presented his work and participated as a panelist at numerous academic forums including the Center for Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California, the Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) center at Northeastern University, the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA) at Rutgers University; and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.