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NCJ Number: NCJ 221804   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Securing America's Passenger-Rail Systems
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Author(s): Jeremy M. Wilson ; Brian A. Jackson ; Mel Eisman ; Paul Steinberg ; K. Jack Riley
Corporate Author: Rand Corporation
United States of America
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 144
  Annotation: This study provides a framework that security planners and policymakers can use to prepare for, and protect against, threats to and vulnerabilities of rail systems across the United States focusing on passenger, as opposed to freight, rail systems.
Abstract: Three types of Security-Improvement Options (SIOs) identified in this study include: process-based, technology-based, and infrastructure- or facility-modification. The SIOs identified are specific to the notional (or hypothetical) rail system analyzed. The analysis captures a point in time; the attractiveness of different SIOs in the prioritization is driven by the current costs for those options and their current perceived effectiveness. As costs change and the effectiveness of different options against threats of concern become clearer, the options will need to be revisited to assess any necessary shifts in priority. Notwithstanding study limitations, the methodology presented is useful for planning rail-security options. To understand the vulnerability of rail systems to the terrorist threat, this study constructed a notional rail system. A vulnerability assessment was conducted identifying 11 potential target locations within a notional rail system and 8 potential attack modes. These targets and attack modes were combined to produce 88 different attack scenarios of concern. The end objective was to identify additional increments to security that could be implemented in a cost-effective manner. The goal of this study was to develop a framework for security planners and policymakers that could be used to guide security planning and operational decisions; a framework that is driven by assessments of the foremost threats to, and vulnerabilities of, passenger-rail systems and of the cost-effectiveness of mitigation strategies for addressing those threats and vulnerabilities. Figures, tables, appendixes A and B, and references
Main Term(s): Railroads
Index Term(s): Facility security ; Crime specific countermeasures ; Security systems ; Crime prevention measures ; Mass transit security ; Railroad law enforcement ; Threat assessment ; Security management ; Security standards ; Domestic terrorism
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Publication Number: ISBN 978-0-8330-4117-3
Sale Source: Rand Corporation
1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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