Major General Michael Kostelnik, USAF (Ret)

Major General Michael KostelnikDomPrep’s John Morton met with Major General Micheal C. Kostelnik, USAF (Ret.), assistant commissioner for Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine, CBP’s newly integrated Air and Marine organization.

DomPrep has divided the 42 minute interview into eight segments.



Listen to Audio Segment One

Air/Marine Integration – The Structure for Administrative and Tactical Control

Duration: 10 Minutes 13 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Two

The Air Component – Inventory and New Acquisitions/Requirements

Duration: 5 Minutes 37 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Three

CBP’s Layered Enforcement Strategy and Interagency Partnerships Including State and Local Law Enforcement

Duration: 7 Minutes 42 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Four

Pilot Recruitment and Assignments

Duration: 3 Minutes 12 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Five

The Marine Component – Vessel Types

Duration: 3 Minutes 27 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Six

CBP’s Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC)

Duration: 2 Minutes 32 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Seven

Vessel Tracking with the Coast Guard and Navy: The Examples of Operations in the Galapagos and San Diego

Duration: 4 Minutes 48 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Eight

CBP Linkages with State and Local LE; The Example of Cooperation with Florida LE in the Dry Tortugas

Duration: 4 Minutes 19 Seconds

Michael C. Kostelnik, Major General, USAF (Ret.) is the Assistant Commissioner, Office of CBP Air, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. CBP Air, the largest federal law enforcement air force in the world with over 500 pilots and 250 aircraft, supports CBP’s priority anti-terrorism, border control and interdiction missions.

General Kostelnik, a member of the Senior Executive Service, has worked for 35 years in the government. From 2002 to 2005, he served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Station and Space Shuttle at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Previously, he spent 32 years on active military duty with the U.S. Air Force as a test pilot, instructor pilot, program manager and commander. He has had a prominent career in both management and aviation, accumulating over 3,300 hours of flight time in over 40 types of aircraft. General Kostelnik has extensive management experience in requirements, development and acquisition, and testing of leading edge aerospace systems.

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John F. Morton

John F. Morton is the Strategic Advisor for DomPrep. He is also the Homeland Security Team Lead for the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR). A member of the DomPrep team since its founding, he has served as managing editor for writer assignments and interviewer for scores of DomPrep audio interviews.



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