Early Warning Blog
As the crisis with North Korea has intensified, the focus almost exclusively has been on that country’s ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. Recently, the regime in Pyongyang successfully tested a space launch vehicle, demonstrating progress on the path towards building an intercontinental ballistic
In 2007, the United States Congress passed and President Bush signed into law the Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act. One provision of the Act mandated 100 percent screening of all U.S. bound cargoes for both nuclear material and explosives by December 31, 2011.
Even as the Transportation Security Administration improves its techniques for patting down airline passengers and ferreting out blue-haired, little old lady terrorists the danger to the United States, its citizens and its international commerce as a result of unscreened cargo containers grows.
Possibly the hardest problem in homeland security is detecting the presence of radioactive material -- the essential component in a nuclear device -- hidden in a vehicle, train car, cargo container, ship or airplane. The problem is even more challenging if the material is shielded or hidden amidst