Sept. 9 -- In a statement, the presidents of the NAS, NAE, and IOM reflect on the losses of Sept. 11 and our commitment to find ways to better protect the nation.
Countering Agricultural Bioterrorism
The report discusses the US defense system for agriculture and its use of science. The committee concluded that the United States is vulnerable to agricultural bioterrorism and needs a comprehensive plan to defend against it. The committee ...
Crisis Standards of Care: Summary of a Workshop Series
During a wide-reaching catastrophic public health emergency or disaster, existing surge capacity plans may not be sufficient to enable healthcare providers to continue to adhere to normal treatment procedures and follow usual standards of care. This is a particular concern ...
Intelligence Analysis: Behavioral and Social Scientific Foundations
The U.S. intelligence community (IC) is a complex human enterprise whose success depends on how well the people in it perform their work. Although often aided by sophisticated technologies, these people ultimately rely on their own intellect to identify, synthesize, ...
NAE Fact Sheets on Terrorist Attacks
The National Academies has prepared, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, fact sheets on five types of terrorist attacks. Drawing on our many reviewed publications, the expertise of our members, and the knowledge of other esteemed authorities, the fact sheets provide reliable, objective information.
Nuclear Forensics: A Capability at Risk (Abbreviated Version)
Nuclear forensics is important to our national security. Actions, including provision of appropriate funding, are needed now to sustain and improve the nation's nuclear forensics capabilities. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), working with cooperating agencies and national laboratories, should ...
Radiation Source Use and Replacements (Abbreviated Version)
In the United States there are several thousand devices containing high-activity radiation sources licensed for use in areas ranging from medical uses such as cancer therapy to safety uses such as testing of structures and industrial equipment. Those radiation sources ...
Responsible Research with Biological Select Agents and Toxins
The effort to understand and combat infectious diseases has, during the centuries, produced many key advances in science and medicine--including the development of vaccines, drugs, and other treatments. A subset of this research is conducted with agents that, like anthrax, ...
The Role of Transit in Emergency Evacuation
TRB Special Report 294: The Role of Transit in Emergency Evacuation explores the roles that transit systems can play in accommodating the evacuation, egress, and ingress of people from and to critical locations in times of emergency. The report ...
Seeking Security: Pathogens, Open Access, and Genome Databases
Within the last 30 years, the genomes of thousands of organisms, from viruses, to bacteria, to humans, have been sequenced or partially sequenced and deposited in databases freely accessible to scientists around the world. This information is accelerating scientists' ...