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Proactive Radiological Monitoring Capabilities
Author            : Stuart Rich
Designation    :President
Company        : SGCi Penobscot Bay Media
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The public security environment has changed significantly since September 2001. After the cold war, a new classification of threat has emerged. The new enemies of society are small, insular cells of individuals relying on guerrilla and suicide tactics on highly visible and vulnerable targets to achieve their objectives of terror in western society. These terrorist organizations tend to use low cost weapons (box cutters as an example) in very focused attacks on specific targets. The nature of this new threat requires fresh thinking and approaches to anticipating possible threat scenarios and monitoring for those possibilities.

Given the cost of even a single failure in this area, a system of controls and monitoring devices must be put into place to monitor the movement of radiological materials through access control points (customs, cargo ports, etc.) and to proactively monitor for any concentrations of potentially threatening materials near potential target areas. Fortunately, new technologies have become available the past few months that make it possible to field very sensitive real-time monitoring and detection systems for radiological threats, and incorporate the monitoring platforms into modern command and control dispatch systems.

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