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Name: Alan Jack SOKOLOFF
Las Vegas, Nevada 89128
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Highest Level of Education
1. Delaware State University JAN 1967 JUN 1970 Graduated with Honors 3.4 GPA BS Business Admin.
2. University of Delaware Graduate School of Business SEP 1970-December 1970 Attended 1 Semester GP 3.5
1. Active Duty 3 years US Army
2. US Military Reservist 1977-AUG 2004
Retired US Military Service Honorable Discharge AUG 2004
Law Enforcement Experience
1. Honolulu Police Department 1972-1979. Solo Motorcycle Detail (4 yers)
2. FAA Federal Air Marshal 1985-1991
3. Coast Guard Law Enforcement and Intelligence Division in Honolulu, Hawaii (Military Reserves)1976-1979
4. Air Force Office of Special Investigation (Military Reserves) 1982-2004
5. State of Hawaii Sheriffs Department Honolulu, Hawaii SWAT Division Reserve Officer. 1982-1985
My U.S Federal Service Employment AUG 1985-OCT 2011 Retired
1. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 1985-2002
2. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 2002-2011 Retired Federal Service Federal Service OCT 2011
Federal Service Employment:
Duties (time moving forward)
1. Started as an FAA Civil Aviation Security Inspector (CASI). Also assigned as the Principle Security Inspector (PSI) for Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines. 1985-1991. AOR: Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Saipan. GS starting rating-GS12
2. FAA Civil Aviation Security Liaison Officer (CASLO) 1991-1994 Assigned to US Embassy Bahrain. AOR: (entire) Middle East, East Africa, South Africa, India, Pakistan. GS14
3. FAA/TSA International CASI 1994-2003 AOR: Asia, South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan (assigned US Embassy Singapore; FAA Regional Headquarters, Los Angeles, CA. GS13
4. TSA Assistant Federal Security Director 2003-OCT 2011 AOR Guam Promoted To GS15 Retired US Federal Service OCT 2011
5. Moved to Tagaytay, Philippines in Nov 2011 in retirement. Moved back to US to current address-in retirement status
6. AVSEC Consultant 2014-Present. Companies dba: Deco, PAE, Linxx, Antenum….Conducting AVSEC Programs Predicated on International Rules, Regulations and polices set forth by the International Civil Aviation Organization (United Nations). My Companies are solely directed by the US Department of State.
Specialized AVSEC Training Training FAA 00026 International Basic Training 1985
FAA 00026 International Advanced Training 1991
2004-2023 Current Consultant work…I am currently conducting specific AVSEC training courses OCONUS for:
1. Quality Control in Civil Aviation. Training courses designed specifically for airport Quality Control inspectors.
2. Airport Security Management training course. This AVSEC training course is directed for all international airport managers and other selected airport affiliates. Main mission is to convey to train these managers and to ensure the “mission statement” that security is the responsibility of every employee and persons working at their respective airport…including the traveling public is instilled.
3. Other AVSEC training provided include xxxxx. Airport Physical Security course, and Airport Patrol
4. Qualified ICAO facilitator for the ICAO AVSEC training course STP-123 for newly appointed and current airport screeners.
5. Qualified ICAO Instructor for international Screening Checkpoint Supervisors
6. Qualified ICAO AVSEC Subject Matter Expert Leader regarding working and MENTORING Program at assigned DoS directed International airports needing assistance meeting minimum ICAO SARPs. Problems normally identified during the scheduled ICAO national assessments.
AVSEC Work Experience
2014-Present (backwards in time)
Currently working as an AVSEC consultant for the following privately owned US companies dba: DECO; LINXX Global Solutions Inc.; Pacific Architects and Engineering and Amentumxxxxx…conducting training seminars and Mentoring assignment world-wide mentioned below. All courses and Mentoring affiliations are directly sponsored by the US DoS Diplomatic Security Service developed IAW ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).
1. Airport Security Management course-designed to ensure all international airport managers understand that AVSEC responsibilities is the responsibility of everyone at their airport and not just the responsibility of the designated security ops personnel.
2. Quality Control in Civil Aviation Security course….designed specifically to ensure quality control inspectors understand their role IAW ICAO Annex 17 and their local pertinent security programs to ensure their mission to ensure safe passage of all civil aviation travelers from or through their responsible airports.
3. Aviation Patrol Management for Law Enforcement. This course designed for law enforcement personnel and airport security forces assigned to protecting perimeter control ops, Air Operation Areas, all security access control portal into and through the myriad security controlled areas throughout the airport.
07/2003-10/2011 Served as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Assistant Federal Security Director for Regulatory and Inspections at the Guam International Airport (GUM) until officially retiring from federal service on October 2011. Responsible for complete TSA over-site of AVSEC programs at the Guam International airport. Supervisory capacity over all TSA QC inspectors assigned to my and 3 K-9 Bomb-dog teams.
11/1994-06/2003 Assigned to the Embassy in Singapore (1994 and 2002), and the Los Angeles Regional Field Office, Aviation Security Division with the FAA and the TSA as an international Civil Aviation Security Inspector/Specialist (CASI).
Areas of Responsibilities (AOR) Asia, South PacificAustralia, and New Zealand.
10/1991-11/1994 Assigned to the Embassy in Bahrain as the FAA Civil Aviation Security Liaison Officer (CASLO) for the Middle East, South Africa, India, and Pakistan for those countries and air carriers regulated by specific Codes.
09/1985-10/1991 Assigned as an FAA CASI, Federal Air Marshal (FAM), and the Principle Security Inspector (PSI) for Aloha and Hawaiian Airlines currently. Assigned to the Honolulu Civil Aviation Security Field Office (CASFO) during this period.
SpecificDirect Foreign Airport and Air Operator Assessment Experience
10/1991-07/2003 From 1991-1994 I was the FAA CASLO Officer as previously delineated. In late 1994 I took a downgrade position that appealed to me more in Singapore. That position was for an international CASI position. During this period conducted many foreign airport assessments and a hundred or so air operator (US airlines) and air carrier (foreign airlines) aviation security inspections. Airport assessments utilized the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) Annex-17 as the basis for regulating these entities. Air operator inspections and air carrier inspections were predicated on mandated US aviation security regulations/programs. Regarding the airport assessments, i was involved in a few airports not meeting the standards of the ICAO programs with 90 day Secretarial Actions pursed and completed. Because of security regulations nothing more can be addressed concerning those issues and or matters.
Military-Related Work Experiences
1979-1982 Reservist, Special Agent for the Coast Guard Law Enforcement and Intelligence Branch. Secret Clearance required for all matters during my military duties and both FAA and TSA duty times.
1982-2004 Reservist, Special Agent in the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. (Retired Military Service AUG 2004)
1982-1985 Reserve Officer, Special Weapons and Tactics member, and assistantSWAT trainer, State of Hawaii Sheriff’s Department under Commander William Clough.
Other Full-Time Employment
1979-1985 Liquor Inspector, City and County of Honolulu
1972-1979 Police Officer City and County of Honolulu-Solo Motorcycle Division
Detailed Job Descriptions AVSEC Work Experience
1). Job Title: CASI/ PSI/FAM
From: 09/1985 to 10/1991
General Description of Assignment: Assigned as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Civil Aviation Security Specialist (CASI), Principle Security Inspector (PSI), and Federal Air Marshal (FAM) concurrently during this period.
2.) Job Title: FAA Civil Aviation Security Liaison Officer (CASLO) -Bahrain
From: 10/1991 to 10/1994
Description of Duties:
Served in the capacity as the Department of Transportation (DOT) FAA CASLO-Bahrain. My AOR included the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan. I developed and maintained professional relationships working closely with national level foreign government authorities and mission officials in order to promote consistency between international security standards, foreign government requirements and FAA regulatory programs requirements.
Served as the SME for AVSEC matters to the specific ambassador and staff in countries assigned to me. Assisted my host country counter-parts in the development of their national civil aviation security programs. Served as the coordinator for the dissemination of AVSEC related information to my and host counter-parts and provided on-site support during incidents or threats involving air operators. Provided direct support to FAA CASIs who conducted airport and air carrier assessments in my areas. My direct support included providing all required national administrative information for their airport assessment reports.
Represented FAA with local international organizations participation in meetings with these organizations. Responsible for the development and coordination and dissemination of DOT /FAA information/views to these organizations.
Developed and presented briefings, issued papers, and background/talking points that reflected FAA and DOT policy and political views on international transportation security. Transmitted information to FAA Security HQ (international) on foreign activities with the potential to impact USUS transportation security objectives, security research, and development programs.
3). Job Title: CASI
FAA CASIFO-Singapore (11/1994-11/1998)
FAA/TSA Western Pacific Regional Field Office Los Angeles (11/1998-01/2002)
FAA CASIFO-Singapore (01/2002-07/2002)
Description of Duties: Assigned as an international CASI to the following offices: Singapore CASIFO; Civil Aviation Western Pacific Regional Office, Los Angeles, California. Duties include providing technical support, advice and
assistance to my immediate manager and senior leadership. AOR included Asian, Micronesian Island Nations and South Pacific nations. Served as a Team Leader for 90 percent of all assessments based on compliance with Annex 17 SARPs mandated by the ICAO.
Responsibilities included making recommendations to host government officials for improvements in security procedures when deficiencies or discrepancies were noted during the airport assessment.
From these reports, formed the basis for determining the level of security provided at the airports and whether or not the airport/host nation was meeting minimum ICAO SARPs. Conducted aircraft inspections of operators and those foreign air carriers with direct flights to the These inspections were evaluated against TSA approved security programs. Initiated investigations into violations discovered. Made recommendations or initiated an enforcement investigation based on the severity of the violation discovered. Investigated hazardous materials incident to include violation of ICAO Technical Instructions when under the purview of United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49. Part of my duties required me to establish and maintain effective liaison with all FAA CASLOs/Transportation Security Administration Representatives (TSAR) in Asia. Established and maintained effective liaison with TSA and FAA senior representatives, other TSA and FAA offices and aviation security and law enforcement elements of the host government, the aviation industry and Embassies (Regional Security Officer). I was required to serve as a member of the Embassies or Consulate’s aviation crisis management team.
4). Job Title: TSA Assistant Federal Security Director Guam International Airport (GUM) Regulatory and Inspections
Duties: Provided daily technical support, advice, and assistance to the GUM Federal Security Director in accomplishing the civil aviation security mission at GUM. Oversaw all security aviation related inspections, assessments, testing, training and basic security operations of the TSA inspectors assigned to GUM. Ensured the GUM TSA regulatory staff assessed compliance under applicable Code of Federal Regulations. Made direct recommendations to the GUM FSD for improvements in security procedures and operations at GUM. Reviewed and accepted the AVSEC inspections conducted at GUM. Ensured oversight of foreign air carriers flying to-from GUM and flag carriers. Evaluated each regarding compliance with their TSA approved security programs. Oversaw all investigations and violations by U. S. flag carriers and recommended corrective actions and/or enforcement actions up to and including recommending suspension of services. Additional duties include the oversight of the new cargo operations required by TSA for the Indirect Air Carriers, direct shippers and air operators. Directly responsible to ensure all TSA Aviation Security Inspectors and cargo agents were up-to- date on all changes to the applicable security programs that impacted GUM TSA regulatory mission.
Experience working within a diverse organization or in multinational or multilateral settings, with the ability to promote goals successfully.
Successfully ended a successful diverse 27 years plus federal service career with the FAA and TSA. Of this time, approximately 13 years involved direct international assignments. All 27 years were spent in AVSEC assignments. My travels, experiences, and knowledge garnered during my international assignments will always be a benefit if ever employed overseas. My main goal is promoting efficient and effective means to ensure “Safe Travel’ in the commercial skies.
Effective and knowledgeable regarding any ICAO audit to ensure airports, air operator, and airport tenants are meeting their AVSEC responsibilities. Very versed in all aspects of the ICAO organization. Regarding the understanding ICAO Annex 17 is the most important aspect to grasp and understand for any airport assessment as it contains the technical standards which are applied universally by signatories (Contracting States) in order to safeguard international civil aviation operations against acts of unlawful interference. Annex 17 defines the “what” in aviation security. Versed in the ICAO Security Manual for the Safeguarding of Civil Aviation from Acts of Unlawful Interference (Doc 8973). This is the bible for foreign airports on “how” AVSEC measures can be applied to meet Annex-17 requirements. It is the manual that can forge the strength of any nations AVSEC program. ICAO has provided the world with the “how to build” manual for every airport. It is equally important to be able to use this document during any international AVSEC assessment.
Familiarity with ICAO AVSEC Training programs and/or ICAO Annex 6,9,14,
Conducted many ICAO AVSEC Training projects. Utilized the ICAO STP 123 and original developed syllabus in my past training activities with foreign nation aviation security screeners. I also trained AVSEC inspectors while assigned in Guam from the nation of Palau. Recently utilized newly developed Work Shop materials regarding the new Annex 17 Standard requirements regarding the National Civil Aviation Security Quality Control Programs and the newly created Screening Certification Program required by all signatories for ICAO Montreal. Training activities occurred in Malaysia and Auckland, New Zealand. Students from industry, national airports from Asia and the South Pacific were in attendance. Annex 6 is relates to international SARPs applied to all Signatory(s) to ICAO regarding domestic and commercial operations. Included are requirements to lock large bodied aircraft’s cockpit doors before take-off and after landing to prevent penetration by unauthorized persons. Doors have to be designed to protect against explosion and firearms. It also requires ‘bomb search’ procedures (checklists) to be utilized when deemed appropriate, and require crew security training programs in order to neutralize acts of unlawful interference. Lastly reporting requirements are required for the airlines captain after an act of unlawful interference occurs. Annex 9 relates to the efficient and effective movement and clearing of aircraft in minor part. The requirements focus on the commercial aspects of the airline industry, movement of passengers after processing and documentation clearance measures are applied; basically ensuring the legitimacy of the passenger to enter or to leave a country. Annex 14 is the focus of ICAO requirements regarding the design of airports especially for the protection of aircraft under threat or siege. Examples of this Annex are the requirement to establish the aircraft isolated parking position for an aircraft under siege; ensuring ample lighting for these aircraft in distress is provided. The Annex also addresses power system requirements for airports. It addresses the establishment of an airport emergency plan against any untoward event. This includes the establishment of an emergency operation center to counter and unlawful interference act. Annex 18 deals directly with the transportation of dangerous goods throughout the world via passenger and freighters.
Expert knowledge of international transportation security requirements with demonstrated skill in identifying and applying international security standards.
When deficiencies are determines by deficient national guidelines in the country’s national program, I made sound recommendations to the CASLOs /TSARs to rectify problem(s), and assisted them in rectifying the national program if requested.
If airport deficiency(s) were determined/caused by non-compliance to ICAO requirements, this was immediately reported to Host and Embassy Attaches, and to CASLO/TSARs. Would directly develop or assist in the development of AVSEC programs to correct deficiencies.
When first arrived in Bahrain on assignment as a CASLO, immediately involved in protracted AVSEC negotiation dealing with a transfer of a Thermal Neutron Analysis machine to Kuwait from the United States to tests its operational capabilities in a desert environment. These dealings were coordinated with the Bahrain CASIFO manager and Host Kuwait government officials.
Instrumental in initiating a training program between the Kuwait Government’s air marshal program and FAM senior leadership.
In the capacity as a CASI, routinely gathered and analyzed information/intelligence and other security-related information impacting civil aviation security. Ensured all information/intelligence was communicated to foreign airport security agencies, aircraft operators, host security representatives, host state and federal agencies, US embassies, foreign airport officials, in a timely manner. This information was always distributed on a restricted strictly need-to-know basis; making the determination of who is to receive the sensitive information is part of my responsibilities.
Ability to provide expert advice on the development of projects, the acquisition of equipment and the selection of experts, as well as the analysis of audit and other reports.
My international duties and experience included briefing ambassadors and or pertinent civil air attaches at these embassies and also, host officials directly involved with the respective airport security programs I dealt with on a continual basis. Reported my findings and recommendations in such a manner required by most ambassadors and DCMs to be done on a win-win basis. Most ambassadors require this positive solution to problems uncovered at their respective airports. In almost every case I eventually came up with the solution and means to rectify the problem(s). Also ensured that the Embassy or the Consulate was continually briefed on any negative findings to prevent backlash repercussions.
Worked directly with foreign air carrier security representatives to ensure compliance with U.S aviation regulations for those direct flights to the United States. When findings or deficiencies uncovered, would work directly with the responsible embassy and the respective host counterparts to obtain compliance in the most unobtrusive manner.
Provided security-training seminars when needed or requested to my host counterparts and their subordinate staff, thus ensuring a positive working relationship and atmosphere.
During my numerous international airport assessments my responsibilities required a review of each airport’s security program, inspection of each airport’s facilities, and an evaluation of each airport’s security effectiveness. After each assessment met with the host country official to recommend design changes and technological acquisitions that would enhance the security posture of existing AVSEC systems.
Worked directly with the Egyptian Government in the implementation of a 10 Million Dollar Anti Terrorist Assistance Program (ATAP) grant in 1991. Worked hand-in-hand with Government Aid personnel and the Egyptian Government personnel, mediating negative episodes regarding the funding of specific portions of the Grant. This effort was over a six-month period and required extensive Government coordination.
Ability to provide expert advice in the identification and development of cost-effective low-technology methods states may use to strengthen their aviation security systems.
It is important that AVSEC SMEs understand that modern AVSEC technology costs money. A CTX can run almost a million dollars plus. The majority of signatories to ICAO cannot afford these high value security items and must rely on manpower to effect their security programs. Absent the resources to procure state of the art security equipment requires understanding the basic tenants of ICAO security requirements. Which is basically to do whatever it takes to meet minimum ICAO SARPS necessary to prevent unlawful interference. This can include Risk Analysis as part of the security tools as an example-low cost yet a very important and effective tool. And most importantly, conveying/ensuring the proper knowledge necessary to develop a viable screening work force, a solid inspection oversight program and the vision and drive necessary to get the job done is passed on.
Ability to provide assistance and carry out duties in other areas concerning aviation security as needed and to be able to recognize and convey AVSEC deficiencies and AVSEC needs.
During my international career with FAA/TSA as an AVSEC inspector and as a liaison officer, I have visited many foreign airports that have been given a clean bill of health yet discrepancies and vulnerabilities were exposed. The true mark of an AVSEC inspector is to have the ability to identify security weaknesses and deficiencies, address them with the airport security managers, and if requested, come up with viable solutions to remedy the discrepancies. However, when found or determined to be weak or not meeting a standard, the airport has to be told in order to fix itself. It is a grave injustice to advise an airport they are safe and secure if in fact they are not.
Alan Jack SOKOLOFF