National Security Issues in Science, Law, and Technology by Thomas A. Johnson

By Thomas A. Johnson

The tragedy of September 11 positioned fatherland protection and the prevention of additional assaults into the critical concentration of our nationwide cognizance. With such a lot of avenues of terror open to our enemies when it comes to mode, medium, and placement, powerful administration and mitigation of hazard has to be grounded in target possibility evaluation. The constitution of nationwide safeguard judgements may be premised on selection idea and technology with minimum political posturing or emotional reactivisim. nationwide safety matters in technological know-how, legislation, and expertise demonstrates a mature examine a daunting topic and provides sound, impartial instruments with which to method any scenario that could threaten human lives. by way of utilising the easiest of medical decision-making practices this ebook introduces the concept that of danger administration and its program within the constitution of nationwide safety judgements. It examines the purchase and usage of all-source intelligence, together with the facility to investigate info and forecast styles, to let policymakers to make larger knowledgeable judgements. The textual content addresses response and prevention options acceptable to chemical, organic, and nuclear guns; agricultural terrorism; cyberterrorism; and different strength threats to our serious infrastructure. It discusses criminal concerns that unavoidably come up whilst integrating new laws with the threads of our structure and illustrates the dispassionate research of our intelligence, legislations enforcement, and army operations and activities. ultimately, the publication considers the redirection of our nationwide study and laboratory procedure to enquire the very difficulties terrorists can result in by using guns we now have as but to confront. Taking the guesswork out of difficult offerings, nationwide safety concerns in technological know-how, legislations, and know-how offers a person stressed with the mantle of accountability for the safety of the yank individuals with the instruments to make sound, well-informed judgements.

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Diverting patient revenues that otherwise could be directed to hiring more nurses or adding specialty services in favor of creating nonrevenuegenerating civic “surge” capacity is a significant ethical question. No other civilian private business is expected to be such a central part of community response for free. Quantifying Medical System Response to the Threat The threat of chemical–biological weapons creates situations where recognition and response must occur simultaneously; therefore, information collection, analysis, decision support, needed medications, and rapid surge capacity must rapidly and accurately occur for the event to be characterized and the victims saved.

Computer and database analysis 12. Data mining analysis 13. fm Page 14 Wednesday, February 28, 2007 3:18 PM 14 National Security Issues in Science, Law, and Technology Ironically, until September 11, 2001 there existed little formal training for intelligence analysts within the intelligence community. Furthermore, university-based programs in preparing graduates to assume intelligence analyst positions were almost nonexistent. Given the incredible scientific detail that each of the previously described collection disciplines produces, our nation needs intelligence analysts that not only fully appreciate and can apply the scientific method, but they also are educated in a richness of calculus, physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and, in general, the hard sciences.

The Incident Command System (ICS), which provides the guidelines used to respond to catastrophic events, endeavors to blend the capabilities of different local services and numerous local jurisdictions into an integrated team. The ICS scales upward toward the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which integrates multiple state and federal agencies to coordinate the overall national response to major disasters and other incidents of national significance. With few exceptions, these multiple agencies do not actually render definitive care to victims, medical systems do.

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