The Aviation Security System Integrated Support Testing (ASSIST) Program is a collaborative effort between all commercial service airports in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), a nonprofit consortium dedicated to advocating policies and services that strengthen airports in serving their passengers, customers, and communities, and the National Safe Skies Alliance (Safe Skies), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to helping create and maintain a safe and efficient aviation system. The ASSIST Program provides resources to test and evaluate aviation security solutions that protect our nation’s airports. Funding for this program is provided by Safe Skies through Cooperative Agreement 09-G-011 with the FAA.
The ASSIST Program provides the opportunity for airports to identify and resolve specific security system needs using solutions that are eligible to receive FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds. The FAA AIP Handbook (Order 5100.38C) establishes a National Priority System for distributing these funds in accordance with Congressional direction, with security projects among the highest priorities.
The ASSIST Program is unique in that the airports themselves propose the ideas, which are then reviewed and, if selected, overseen by a committee of their peers – airport security professionals. The goal of the ASSIST Program is to strengthen the nation’s aviation system by establishing the best possible security solution in the unique context of that airport’s location.
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