I Laboratories Capable of Testing

The Committee on Marking, Rendering Inert, and Licensing of Explosive Materials was asked to identify ''at least three organizations that are capable of conducting testing to validate the study findings." As their previous work indicates, numerous government, commercial, and nonprofit organizations are capable of performing this testing, although not all necessarily have all of the capabilities required, which range from laboratory testing (e.g., safety and compatibility measurements) to large-scale testing of explosives (e.g., testing of taggant survivability and inertant efficiency in fertilizers). The list below is not comprehensive; some capable organizations may have been overlooked. The committee chose not to list law enforcement agency laboratories. No attempt has been made to rank the organizations listed.

Any organization that conducts explosives-related testing should be currently operational, experienced, and adequately staffed; should have appropriate storage and processing facilities; and should carry out required testing in accordance with test protocols and methodologies recognized worldwide as standard for the required tests. The committee assumes that opportunities for testing funded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms or other federal agencies will be announced for competitive bidding by any capable organization.

NOTE: Inclusion of organizations in this appendix does not imply endorsement or approval of them by the committee. These organizations have not been contacted to gauge their interest.



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Containing the Threat from Illegal Bombings: An Integrated National Strategy for Marking, Tagging, Rendering Inert, and Licensing Explosives and Their Precursors I Laboratories Capable of Testing The Committee on Marking, Rendering Inert, and Licensing of Explosive Materials was asked to identify ''at least three organizations that are capable of conducting testing to validate the study findings." As their previous work indicates, numerous government, commercial, and nonprofit organizations are capable of performing this testing, although not all necessarily have all of the capabilities required, which range from laboratory testing (e.g., safety and compatibility measurements) to large-scale testing of explosives (e.g., testing of taggant survivability and inertant efficiency in fertilizers). The list below is not comprehensive; some capable organizations may have been overlooked. The committee chose not to list law enforcement agency laboratories. No attempt has been made to rank the organizations listed. Any organization that conducts explosives-related testing should be currently operational, experienced, and adequately staffed; should have appropriate storage and processing facilities; and should carry out required testing in accordance with test protocols and methodologies recognized worldwide as standard for the required tests. The committee assumes that opportunities for testing funded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms or other federal agencies will be announced for competitive bidding by any capable organization. NOTE: Inclusion of organizations in this appendix does not imply endorsement or approval of them by the committee. These organizations have not been contacted to gauge their interest.

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Containing the Threat from Illegal Bombings: An Integrated National Strategy for Marking, Tagging, Rendering Inert, and Licensing Explosives and Their Precursors GOVERNMENT Military (Army) Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.)1 Army Research Laboratory (Adelphi, Md.) Army Waterways Experimental Station (Jackson, Miss.) (Air Force) Phillips Laboratory (Edwards AFB, Calif.) (Air Force) Wright Laboratory, Energetic Materials Branch (Eglin AFB, Fla.) Defense Special Weapons Agency (Alexandria, Va.) Naval Air Warfare Center (China Lake, Calif.) Naval Surface Warfare Center (Indian Head, Md.) Other Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, Calif.) Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, N. Mex.)2 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (incorporating the former U.S. Bureau of Mines) (Bruceton, Pa.) Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, N. Mex.) COMMERCIAL Aerojet Propulsion Company (Sacramento, Calif.) Alliant Technology (Radford, Va.; Bacchus, Utah) Applied Research Associates (Denver, Colo.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.) Austin Powder Company (McArthur, Ohio) Dyno Nobel Inc. (Carthage, Mo.; West Jordan, Utah)3 Failure Analysis Associates (Menlo Park, Calif.) H.P. White Laboratory Inc. (Street, Md.) ICI Explosives (McMasterville, Quebec, Canada) National Technical Systems (Camden, Ark.) Thiokol Inc. (Brigham City, Utah) Universal Tech Corporation (Riverton/Hallowell, Kan.) Wilfred Baker Engineering Inc. (San Antonio, Tex.) 1    Committee member Tung-ho Chen is affiliated with this organization. 2    Committee member Judith Bannon Snow is affiliated with this organization. 3    Committee member Robert Hopler was formerly affiliated with this organization.

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Containing the Threat from Illegal Bombings: An Integrated National Strategy for Marking, Tagging, Rendering Inert, and Licensing Explosives and Their Precursors UNIVERSITY/NONPROFIT Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, Ohio) Explosives Hazards and Testing Laboratory, Chemistry Department, University of Rhode Island (Kingston, R.I.)4 Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Socorro, N. Mex.)5 Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (Chicago, Ill.) Southwest Research Institute (San Antonio, Tex.) SRI International (Menlo Park, Calif.) University of Missouri (Rolla, Mo.) 4    Committee member Jimmie Oxley is affiliated with this organization. 5    Committee member Douglas Olson is affiliated with this organization. Jimmie Oxley was formerly affiliated with it.