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RTO Combating Terrorism Workshop Report

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In February 2002 the NATO Research and Technology Organization held a Combating Terrorism CT Workshop in Washington. D.C. The goals of the workshop were 1 To develop a list of high impact RT areas that the RTO and other NATO organizations could sponsor as pan of NATOs overall effort to combat terrorism. 2 To foster a multi-national exchange of ideas that will enhance both national and multinational RT activities for combating terrorism. To achieve these goals, the RTB Chairman and RTA Director, in concert with the RTO Panel Chairs, arranged for four or five members of each of the RTO technical panels and group to be brought together, along with representatives from other NATO and national bodies, to examine how technology might. contribute to combating terrorism. The participants were placed in one of four facilitated workgroups to discuss approaches to this issue based on generic attack scenarios. Conclusions and ideas were then presented in a plenary session of all participants, and then finalized. Given that the work of the experts was conducted over only a bit longer than one day, a large volume of topics was not expected. Given that the participants represented a wide technical spectrum and many nations, it was expected that the ideas would be worthwhile. and could well be unique. In order to insure that the participants in the workshop would be better able to contribute, they were provided with information and views which would set the context for combating terrorism, which would provide both national and international views and concerns and which would describe the challenges of the combat as seen by those who have been deeply engaged.

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  • Civil Defense

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