Accession Number:

ADA459854

Title:

The Science and Technology of Combating Terrorism

Descriptive Note:

Executive office rept.

Corporate Author:

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT WASHINGTON DC PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL OF ADVISORS ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Report Date:

2003-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

49.0

Abstract:

This report documents the work during 2002 and early 2003 of the Presidents Council of Advisors on Science and Technology PCAST Panel on the Science and Technology of Combating Terrorism. Because of the urgency of the nations efforts to rally scientific, engineering, and technological resources in the war on terrorism, the findings of the Panel have, in large part, already been shared with the appropriate individuals in government throughout this time period, and many of the recommendations are currently being implemented in one form or another. The Panels recommendations focus on protecting citizen health through the creation of a comprehensive national readiness strategy, helping first responders, helping businesses protect the nation, and improving the technology of personal identification. Importantly, the actions proposed emphasize helping citizens help themselves. The panel members also offer suggestions on cyberterrorism and other matters involving threat detection, assessment, and response. In each instance they attempt to acknowledge the activities that already exist in the private sector citizen and corporate, and to suggest the appropriate governmental tools that could be applied to achieve the desired objectives in the particular situation addressed. As already noted, in a number of instances the Panels recommendations are intended to confirm, augment, or refocus efforts that are currently under way or under consideration. The Panels primary recommendations focus on Protecting Citizen Health and Safety -- A National Readiness Strategy, Public Health Preparedness, Helping First Responders, Helping Business Protect the Nation, Identity Authentication, Cybersecurity, and Detecting Nuclear Weapons.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Civil Defense
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE