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COMMISSION SENSITIVE MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD Event: Meeting with Military Liaison, New England Region, Federal

Aviation Administration Type of Event: Date: September 24, 2003 Special Access Issues: Meeting was held at FAA facilities. DoD coordinated the presence of a DoD representative from Hanscomb, AFB Prepared by: Miles Kara Team Number: 8 Location: Burlington, MA (New England Region) Participants - Non-Commission: Commander Rick Perez, Major Dave Frishberg Participants - Commission: Miles Kara, John Azzarello, Geoff Brown
Background Summary

During an interview with the Chief of the New England Region's Operation Center Staff learned that the military was represented at a Regional Management Team meeting that was in session the morning of September 11, 2001. Because of that meeting, all key Regional personnel were notified simultaneously at about 0835 of developing problems concerning American Air 11. [Jennifer Donahue interview]. The military representative was Commander Rick Perez and Staff determined he was still assigned to the New England Region. Staff notified the DoD POC of the requirement to meet with Commander Perez and we met him at Region headquarters. Major Points 1. There is no integrated "DoD" or "JCS" presence at the New England Region. Each of the three services is separately represented. Although they are co-located they pursue separate interests dealing with deconfliction on the use of domestic airspace. Because he was the only officer present on September 11, 2001, Commander Perez represented the military at the Regional Management Team meeting. 2. Commander Perez is the Department of the Navy Representative to both the New England and Eastern Regions, FAA. There is no similar office at the Eastern Region in New York. He reports to the Chief of Naval Operations, CNO F785, which deals with air traffic control. His Air Force counterpart reports to the Air Force liaison officer at Headquarters, FAA. The Army representative reports to the Army staff. All assigned


COMMISSION SENSITIVE military personnel are either flight or air controller-trained. Commander Perez' reason for being is to guard the Navy's airspace interests. The same holds true for the representatives of the other two services, to guard the Air Force and Army airspace interests. 3. Commander Perez clarified the role of Giant Killer for us, a call sign commonly mentioned during our visit, but never adequately described by FAA personnel. Giant Killer is the Fleet Area Control Facility, Virginia Beach, VA. It provides the airspace control for all the designated warning areas habitually used by the military for training and other missions. Giant Killer has that responsibility on the eastern seaboard from Brunswick, ME to VACAPES (Virginia Capes) in the Oceana, VA area. Giant Killer maintains real-time phone lines to assist in coordinating with both FAA and HUNTRESS (the call sign for the Northeast Air Defense Sector). Document Provided Major Frishberg provided a copy of page 2-1, OPNAVINST 3770.2J, 27 April 01, that describes the purpose of the Department of the Navy Representative to the FAA. His job is to "provide direct DoN policy integration during airspace negotiations at the regional level.


Senior Attorney

(781)238-7045 Fax: 238-7055

ANE-7 12 New England Executive Park Burlington, MA 01803

Department of the Navy Representative to the Eastern and New England Regions, Federal Aviation Administration

CDR Rick Perez
United States Navy Tel: (781) 238-7907 DSN 478-4447 Fax:(781)238-7902 Email:

12 New England Executive Park Burlington, Massachusetts 01803




OPNAVINST 3770.2J 27 APR 2001

CHAPTER 2 NAVAL AIRSPACE PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT 200. GENERAL This chapter outlines SUA planning and management within DoN. Specific attention is placed on the Naval Airspace Plan/Project Blue Air, the Naval Representatives to the FAA (NAVREP's), the Regional Airspace Coordinators (RAC's), Command Airspace Liaison Officers (CALO's), and the USAF Airspace Management Course Technical Liaison. 201. NAVAL AIRSPACE PLAN/PROJECT BLUE AIR The Naval Airspace Plan as depicted by Project Blue Air, an analysis of Navy/Marine Corps airspace utilization and requirements, defines and prioritizes Navy and Marine Corps SUA current and projected requirements.. The Naval Airspace Plan/Project Blue Air is the central basis for documentation and justification of all SUA within the DoN. This allows for a focused and coordinated approach by the DoN in optimizing the use of current airspace resources and competing aggressively for the retention and expansion of airspace resources in the future. This document is produced, in part, by data provided by DoN regional airspace plans. The contents of this document will be the foundation input by the DoN into the Department of Defense (DoD) Airspace Master Plan. The Airspace Plan specifically addresses: a. b. c. d. e. Documentation and justification of current SUA. Identification, validation, and prioritization of projected SUA requirements. Current or projected encroachment of SUA that impacts DoN operations and training. Significant environmental issues that impact current or projected SUA. Manning and equipment requirements necessary to support management of airspace assets.

f. Current and projected non - DoN SUA issues that impact DoN SUA assets (e.g., FAA Capital Investment Plan, Transition from ground to space based dependence for Surveillance, Communications and Navigation, Free Flight, Open Skies, etc.) 202. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY REPRESENTATIVE a. Purpose and Authority. CNO and Commandant, Marine Corps (CMC) maintainNAVREP offices at FAA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at four of the FAA Regional Headquarters. The NAVREPs at FAA Headquarters provide policy interpretation on national issues. Regional NAVREPs provide liaison between the FAA and DoN activities within the regions they represent. Also, NAVREPs provide direct DoN policy integration during airspace negotiations at the regional level. NAVREP authority is derived from CNO by this document, with policy guidance and supervision directed from CNO (N78). NAVREP/FAA offices and regional areas of responsibility are depicted in Appendix B. b. NAVREP. FAA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.. The FAA and DoN mutually agreed to establish liaison positions following the Federal Aviation Act of 1958. This agreement was implemented by a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) in May 1977. The Navy and Marine Corps representatives to FAA Headquarters serve as members of the Staff of the Associate Administrator for Air Traffic (AAT-1). They receive guidance from CNO (N78) and CMC (APC). The tasking for the NAVREPs assigned to FAA Headquarters include: