ARMOR Federal Air Marshals


With approximately 29,000 commercial flights per day in United States airspace, the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) prioritizes allocation of resources based on risk. The current process follows the FAMS Concept of Operations and the DHS risk methodology by assigning FAM deployments based on consequence, vulnerability and threat. FAMS continually looks for process improvements to most efficiently mitigate the risks from the highest risk flights. One process improvement FAMS is currently examining is the ARMOR application. This application could aid FAMS in applying randomness in selection of a set of high risk flights to increase terrorist uncertainty of FAMS deployments.

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J. Pita, M. Jain, C. Western, P. Paruchuri, J. Marecki, M. Tambe, F. Ordonez, S. Kraus Deployed ARMOR Protection: The Application of a Game Theoretic Model for Security at the Los Angeles International Airport In Proceedings of the Seventh International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) (Industry Track), Finalist for Best Paper Award, industry track, May 2008