Vulnerabilities abound in U.S. society. The openness and efficiency of our key infrastructures — transportation, information and telecommunications systems, health systems, the electric power grid, emergency response units, food and water supplies, and others — make them susceptible to terrorist attacks. Making the Nation Safer discusses technical approaches to mitigating these vulnerabilities.
A broad range of topics are covered in this book, including:
In each of these areas, there are recommendations on how to immediately apply existing knowledge and technology to make the nation safer and on starting research and development programs that could produce innovations that will strengthen key systems and protect us against future threats. The book also discusses issues affecting the government's ability to carry out the necessary science and engineering programs and the important role of industry, universities, and states, counties, and cities in homeland security efforts.
A long term commitment to homeland security is necessary to make the nation safer, and this book lays out a roadmap of how science and engineering can assist in countering terrorism.
National Research Council. 2002. Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/10415.
|2. Nuclear and Radiological Threats||39-64|
|3. Human and Agricultural Health Systems||65-106|
|4. Toxic Chemicals and Explosive Materials||107-134|
|5. Information Technology||135-176|
|6. Energy Systems||177-209|
|7. Transportation Systems||210-237|
|8. Cities and Fixed Infrastructure||238-266|
|9. The Response of People to Terrorism||267-286|
|10. Complex and Interdependent Systems||287-312|
|11. The Significance of Crosscutting Challenges and Technologies||313-334|
|12. Equipping the Federal Government to Counter Terrorism||335-356|
|13. Essential Partners in a National Strategy: States and Cities, Industry and Universities||357-371|
|Appendix A: Committee and Staff Biographies||375-388|
|Appendix B: Panel Members and Staff||389-393|
|Appendix C: Panel Activities||394-398|
|Appendix D: Acronyms and Abbreviations||399-404|
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