Science-Technology Drive Is Urged to Fight Terror

June 25, 2002 | Source: New York Times

The National Research Council has developed a blueprint for using current technologies and creating new capabilities to reduce the likelihood of terrorist attacks. The recommendations include protecting and controlling nuclear weapons and material, producing sufficient supplies of vaccines and antibodies, securing shipping containers that could hide bombs or toxins, protecting power grids more effectively, improving ventilation systems in public buildings, emergency communications for workers responding to disasters, and more research to find treatments for deadly diseases that can be spread by bioterrorism and to develop new computer programs that can “connect the dots” among apparently unrelated fragments of intelligence information.