Andrew Farrelly Discusses E-Commerce, Cargo Security at IATA Event in Bangkok

​Air Cargo Industry and Government Officials from all over the world gathered in Bangkok this week at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) ‘Cargo Security & Facilitation Forum’. The 2-day eventcovered a variety of topics; such as E-Commerce, Emerging Technologies, Trusted Trader Programs, Regulation, and Security.  CT Strategies’ Andrew Farrelly moderated the E-Commerce panel with representatives … Read more

House Passes Bill to Force U.S. Postal Service to Share Data with Customs and Better Detect Illegal Opioids at the Border

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a margin of 353-32, passed the Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act (H.R. 5788), which would assist the United States Postal Service (USPS) in reducing its role in the nation’s opioid crisis and “help stem the flow of illicit, synthetic opioids from foreign manufacturers through the mail system.” … Read more

Why strong international partnerships create the most secure US borders

By: Andrew Farrelly As published in Government Gazette Vol 1. President Trump has promised to make the nation safer by protecting our borders.  This endeavor is more complex than attempting to seal off entry with a wall or blanketly banning entire countries from boarding planes to the U.S. In reality, high-risk individuals attempting to travel to and harm the U.S. can depart from anywhere and be of any nationality. The … Read more

Andrew Farrelly Discusses the Importance of Information-Sharing with Foreign Partners to U.S. Border Security in Opinion Piece for The Hill

While drawing upon his experience in passenger targeting as a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official, Farrelly critiques how President Trump is not placing enough emphasis on maintaining foreign partnerships to continue facilitating the intelligence and data sharing that is crucial to securing U.S. borders. Fortunately, there are many highly capable officials at … Read more

Andrew Farrelly Presents to World Customs Organization

While attending annual WCO Council Sessions in Brussels, CT Strategies Partner, Andrew Farrelly, was invited to present to the WCO Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG). Backed by his years of experience at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) developing and implementing key components of the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards, Mr. Farrelly provided insights on … Read more

EU Signs Bilateral Air Traveler Information-Sharing Agreements with U.S. and Others

The European Union has signed bilateral Passenger Name Record (PNR) Agreements with the United States, Canada and Australia. PNR data, which includes the information used by an individual traveler to purchase an airline ticket, is submitted by airlines to the authorities. It can then be used by law enforcement to interdict high risk passengers attempting … Read more

CT Strategies Co-Founder, Andrew Farrelly, authors article for ‘Homeland Security Today’, on “The Importance Of Data Sharing In The Global Fight Against Terrorism”

As challenges in monitoring the movement of high-risk individuals in the air environment persist, security agencies around the world are recognizing the importance of sharing air passenger data in an effort to monitor the movement of wanted individuals and potential terrorists and to combat the flow of foreign fighters traveling from their home countries to … Read more

U.S. Calls for Increased Air Passenger Information Sharing in Eastern Caribbean

Ramping up efforts to counter transnational criminal organizations and strengthen border security in the region,  U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Larry Palmer, called on the U.S.’ Caribbean partners to take increased advantage of advance passenger information (API) sharing capabilities in the air travel environment.  Barbadian Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, agreed that a … Read more

Difficult Questions Raised about Sharing Passenger Data in Wake of Paris Attacks

The debate over privacy vs. security has always been difficult. After the recent attacks in Paris, concerns on immigration and the cross border movement of travelers into and within the EU are again raising challenging questions. Passenger movement within the EU is essentially akin to domestic travel. However as sovereign nations seek to keep bad … Read more