Hazardous Materials Safety and Security Technology Field Operational Test - Volume II: Evaluation Final Report Synthesis

This synthesis document provides an overview of the Field Operational Test (FOT) and the processes, analytical frameworks and methods used to evaluate the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Safety and Security Technology FOT. Also described are the approaches to assessing the operational efficiency and security benefits and costs, and findings and conclusions regarding potential benefits, costs, market potential, and deployment issues associated with the test technologies. Detailed information on the evaluation is contained within the reference Volume III: Evaluation Final Report Detail, Sections 1-5. The HAZMAT movement chain presents an attractive target for terrorists due to multiple points of vulnerability that exist at manufacturing facilities, shippers, motor carriers, and shipment receivers. Hazardous materials are an especially sought after target since the nature of the cargo serves as a dangerous and ready-made weapon. Several hundred thousand HAZMAT shipments originate, travel en route, and are received every day, so the exposure to these vulnerabilities is very broad. Manufacturers and shippers may become terrorist targets due to potential HAZMAT production or storage at their facilities. Motor carriers control the HAZMAT shipment en route between shipper and receiver. Since they transport 95 percent of hazardous materials, motor carriers are potentially targets for direct attack or hijacking for use as a weapon during en-route HAZMAT movements. The immediate damage from a terrorist attack could be severe in terms of both human and economic losses. Human losses could include both injuries and death, with up to 10,000 casualties predicted under the most severe scenario considered in this study. Economic losses could also be substantial. Myriad technology products are commercially available that are designed to enhance HAZMAT and transport security by making HAZMAT cargo more secure, less desirable to terrorists, and by reducing the consequences of intentional and non-intentional releases. Many of these technologies were tested and evaluated during the course of this HAZMAT FOT.

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    Science Applications International Corporation

    1710 SAIC Drive
    McLean, VA  United States  22102

    Department of Transportation

    Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 2004-11-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report Synthesis
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01003858
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-96-C-00098; Task 9851
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 18 2005 2:22PM