The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operates the Nation’s air traffic control system and regulates aviation safety, security and the U.S. commercial space industry. In its position on the front line of aviation safety, the FAA works with the air transportation industry, other agencies at the Federal, state, and local level, the academic community, and with its international counterparts. The goal of this wide-ranging collaboration is to provide a technically advanced airspace system that meets the highest attainable levels of safety, security and efficiency.
Information technology plays a central role in all areas of the FAA mission from the management of the safe and efficient flow of aircraft through the nation’s airspace, to carrying out aggressive security measures to protect air travelers from acts of terrorism and criminal misconduct to the speeding the transition of the next generation of air traffic control technology. Information technology provides the core technology from which all aspects of the FAA’s mission are accomplished. It is without question, that the FAA has been transformed into an informationcentric agency where improvements in the IT infrastructure are necessary to meet the ever increasing requirements and demands of increased growth in air travel and transport throughout the world.