NBIC for Homeland Defense Chemical Biological Radiological Explosive CBRE Detection Protection

James Murday, Naval Research Laboratory

The coupling of nanoscale sensors for chemical/biological/radiological/explosive protection (CBRE) with improvements in information technology and physiology can critically impact national security programs by providing sensitive, selective, and inexpensive sensor systems that can be deployed for advance security to the following kinds of locations:

• transportation modes (security protection for air, bus, train/subway, etc.)

• military (for protection of facilities and equipment)

• federal buildings (government offices, U.S. Embassies, all other federal buildings)

• U.S. Customs (for border crossings, international travel, etc.)

• civilian businesses (in large and small cities)

• the environment (public water supplies, waste treatment plants, natural resource areas, reservoirs, etc.)

• schools (to prevent weapons, explosives such as pipe bombs, etc.)

Improvements in detection systems, coupled with new approaches to protection, promise potential impact that is vast and critical.

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