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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Committee Meetings." National Research Council. 1998. Black and Smokeless Powders: Technologies for Finding Bombs and the Bomb Makers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6289.
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C Committee Meetings

The Committee on Smokeless and Black Powder held two information-gathering meetings during which it solicited presentations from various stakeholder groups, including law enforcement, powder user and manufacturer groups, taggant vendors, and detection experts. The committee also received written information from interested parties throughout its term of operation. In addition to holding open meetings, the committee made site visits to relevant manufacturers and law enforcement laboratories, as well as to a propellant distributor. Two meetings of the committee were devoted to analysis of information and writing of the final report.

First Meeting, January 14–16, 1998

Presentations

Charge to the Committee

Hubert E. Wilson, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Washington, D.C.

Bombing Threat from Powder Devices

Gregory A. Carl, Materials and Devices Unit, Explosives Group, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C.

Virginia Experience with Powder Bombings and Taggants

Roger E. Broadbent, Virginia State Police

Security Protocols and Canine Detection of Smokeless Powder

Anthony Cantu and John Hudson, U.S. Secret Service, Washington, D.C.

Muzzle-loading and Black Powder

John A. Miller, National Muzzle-loading Rifle Association

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Committee Meetings." National Research Council. 1998. Black and Smokeless Powders: Technologies for Finding Bombs and the Bomb Makers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6289.
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Testimony on Taggants

Tanya K. Metaksa, National Rifle Association, Fairfax, Va.

Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer Issues on Tagging and Detection

James J. Baker, Donald Burton, and Kenneth D. Green, Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute

State of the Art in Explosives Detection

Lyle O. Malotky, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, D.C.


Second Meeting, March 5–6, 1998


Presentations

Manufacturing of Black Powder

Mick Fahringer, Goex, Inc., Doyline, La.

Manufacturing of Smokeless Powders

Antonio Gonzalez, PRIMEX Technologies, St. Marks, Fla.

Inherent Taggants and Bomb Scene Investigations

Richard A. Strobel, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Rockville, Md.

Air-Bag, Cartridge-Actuated Devices/Propellant-Actuated Devices Technologies

J. Scheld, U.S. Navy

History of Tagging

Richard G. Livesay, 3M (retired), St. Paul, Minn.


Taggant Concepts:

Biocode, Inc.

James Rittenburg, Biocode, Inc.

Caribbean Microparticles

Abraham Schwartz, Caribbean Microparticles

Chemical Delivery Systems, Inc.

Victor A. Crainich, Chemical Delivery Systems, Inc.

Innovative Biosystems, Inc.

Keith Stormo, Innovative Biosystems, Inc.

Isotag LLC

D. King Anderson, Isotag LLC

Materials Research Center, University of Missouri, Rolla

Delbert E. Day, Materials Research Center, University of Missouri, Rolla

Mo-Sci Corp.

Delbert E. Day, Materials Research Center, University of Missouri, Rolla

Microtrace, Inc.

William J. Kerns, Microtrace, Inc.

Natura, Inc.

Joel Dulebohn, Natura, Inc.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Committee Meetings." National Research Council. 1998. Black and Smokeless Powders: Technologies for Finding Bombs and the Bomb Makers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6289.
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Tracer Detection Technology Corporation

Jay Fraser, Tracer Detection Technology Corporation

Marking Proposal, Gadolinium-157

Tim Hossain

Third Meeting, May 1–3, 1998

Committee Deliberations

Fourth Meeting, June 15–16, 1998

Committee Deliberations
Subcommittee Site Visits

March 4, 1998

Alliant Techsystems/New River Energetics

March 17, 1998

PRIMEX Technologies, Inc.

March 18, 1998

National Rifle Association Headquarters

March 19, 1998

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms National Laboratory Center

March 19, 1998

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Explosives and Chemistry Units

April 22, 1998

Goex, Inc.

May 22, 1998

Winchester Ammunition Plant

May 29, 1998

Hodgdon Powder Company

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Committee Meetings." National Research Council. 1998. Black and Smokeless Powders: Technologies for Finding Bombs and the Bomb Makers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6289.
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Some 600 pipe bomb explosions have occurred annually in the United States during the past several years. How can technology help protect the public from these homemade devices?

This book, a response to a Congressional mandate, focuses on ways to improve public safety by preventing bombings involving smokeless or black powders and apprehending the makers of the explosive devices. It examines technologies used for detection of explosive devices before they explode—including the possible addition of marking agents to the powders—and technologies used in criminal investigations for identification of these powders—including the possible addition of taggants to the powders—in the context of current technical capabilities.

The book offers general conclusions and recommendations about the detection of devices containing smokeless and black powders and the feasibility of identifying makers of the devices from recovered powder or residue. It also makes specific recommendations about marking and tagging technologies. This volume follows the work reported in Containing the Threat from Illegal Bombings (NRC 1998), which studied similar issues for bombings that utilize high explosives.

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