U.S. share intel tech to protect international aviation system.
WASHINGTON - APRIL 29: U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (3rd L) speaks as White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs (L), Rear Admiral Sally Brice O'Hare (2nd L) of United States Coast Guard, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson (R) listen during the daily White House briefing April 29, 2010 at the White House in Washington, DC. The briefing was focused on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Getty Images.
U.S. national security efforts will be bolstered by intelligence technology shared by allies and the private sector, U.S. security officials said in Washington.
Security efforts at U.S. airports are undergoing close examination following the failed attempt to bomb a U.S. passenger plane Christmas Day.
Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, told delegates at the Aero Club of Washington that technology sharing was vital to national security.
“We are committed to working closely with our partners around the world to deploy intelligence-based targeting, state-of-the art technologies and proactive screening measures to deter and disrupt terrorism and other threats to the global aviation system,” she said.
Napolitano said her agency has ordered 450 Advanced Imaging Technology machines for U.S. airports for 2010. The federal budget for 2011 proposed the purchase of 500 additional units.
The secretary on April 15 said she spent $35.5 million in economic stimulus money to fund the purchase of more than 1,200 explosive trace detection units to screen checked and carry-on baggage.
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