ADIZ NPRM A Good Thing?...

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The Politics Of Security...

You might think it hard to find a silver lining in the FAA's apparent intention to make "permanent" the Air Defense Identification Zone around Washington, D.C., but the agency's chief spokesman says there is one, and we may (but don't count on it) see it in writing as early as late July. FAA spokesman Greg Martin told AVweb he recognizes that hundreds, maybe even thousands, of individuals, companies, groups and associations will have some fairly colorful (perhaps anatomically impossible) suggestions on what the FAA should do with the idea. But he's particularly interested in the handful of government submissions that will endorse, and, perhaps, attempt to justify the ADIZ. "All these agencies will have to carefully review and respond to this rulemaking process," Martin said in a weekend interview. He's talking, of course, about the Secret Service, TSA, the military and other government organizations for which the ADIZ may exist as one part of a last line of defense against an attack on the capital. The ADIZ, as it stands, is a "temporary" measure created by the kind of ad hoc decree that, in a democratic government, can only happen in truly exceptional circumstances. Martin said the introduction of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to formalize the existence of the ADIZ triggers, through the 90-day comment period, the sort of public input that should accompany such measures. "The rulemaking process, by its very nature, requires a very intensive comment period," he said. And that means the security-related agencies that called for the creation of the emergency ADIZ will have to, in some detail, explain just how it's a benefit to the country, something we don't recall seeing.