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NCJ Number: 62716 Find in a Library
Title: ATTRIBUTES OF POTENTIAL ADVERSARIES TO U.S. (UNITED STATES) NUCLEAR PROGRAMS (FROM THE ROLE OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE IN PHYSICAL SECURITY - PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECOND ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM, 1978, BY JOEL J KRAMER - SEE NCJ-49301)
Author(s): A M FINE
Corporate Author: US Dept of Commerce
National Bureau of Standards
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Commerce
Washington, DC 20234
US Energy Research and Development Admin
Washington, DC 20545
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DATA USED BY THE RAND CORPORATION AND SANDIA LABORATORIES IN INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL THREATS TO NUCLEAR FACILITIES ARE PRESENTED WITH A LISTING OF ADVERSARY ATTRIBUTES DERIVED FROM A HISTORICAL-INCIDENT DATA BASE.
Abstract: INCLUSION OF DATA ON THE ASSAULTS ON FOREIGN NUCLEAR FACILITIES, SUCH AS SABOTAGE OF FRENCH REACTORS, YIELDS INSIGHTS INTO THE MODI OPERANDI OF PERPETRATORS OF NUCLEAR TERRORISM AND THEREBY POINTS OUT NEEDED AMERICAN SECURITY REQUIREMENTS. EVENTS USED AS ANALOGS TO NUCLEAR TERRORISM INCLUDE ROBBERIES BY SOPHISTICATED GANGS OF PROTECTED TARGETS, SYMBOLIC BOMBINGS BY POLITICAL GANGS, TERRORIST SEIZURES OF FACILITIES, AND WARTIME INCIDENTS INVOLVING DEDICATED GROUPS ATTACKING DEFENDED AREAS. FOR EACH OF THE INCIDENTS, A PROFILE OF TYPICAL ATTRIBUTES HAS BEEN COMPILED AND A GENERAL PROFILE HAS BEEN DERIVED. THESE PROFILES REVEAL THAT, ALTHOUGH ALMOST ALL OF THE PROFESSIONAL ROBBERIES HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL, CAREER CRIMINALS WILL ABANDON A ROBBERY ATTEMPT RATHER THAN RISK ARREST. TERRORIST ASSAULTS USUALLY OCCUR AGAINST UNPROTECTED TARGETS, AND THEIR PERPETRATORS ARE DETERRED BY THE PRESENCE OF ARMED PROTECTION. SIMILARLY, BOMBINGS IN THE UNITED STATES DURING 1965 TO 1976 WERE MAINLY AGAINST TARGETS WHICH LACKED SECURITY SYSTEMS. COMPOSITE ATTRIBUTES FROM ANALOG INCIDENTS INDICATES THE LOW LIKELIHOOD OF A TERRORIST GROUP POSSESSING BOTH HIGH DEDICATION AND HIGH TECHNICAL SKILLS. NEVERTHELESS, SUCH A GROUP COULD EXIST AND COULD BE VERY WELL ARMED. ADEQUATE SECURITY SYSTEMS SHOULD POSE DANGER AND RISK TO ADVERSARIES. TABULAR DATA ARE PROVIDED. (TWK)
Index Term(s): Facility security; Gangs; Nuclear terrorism; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Terrorism/Mass Violence
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