Accession Number : ADA314585

Title :   Terrorism and Drug Trafficking: Technologies for Detecting Explosives and Narcotics.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA314585

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : The ability to detect explosives and narcotics is increasingly important to U.S. national security. Explosives are the terrorist's weapon of choice. Their use against commercial aircraft have led to loss of lives and weakened confidence in the security of air travel. Likewise, narcotics trafficking ruins lives, drains billions of dollars from the economy, and spawns violence that threatens U.S. communities. As you requested, we have developed information on explosives and narcotics detection technologies that are available or under development. More specifically, this report discusses (1) funding for those technologies, (2) characteristics and limitations of available and planned technologies, and (3) deployment of technologies by the United States and foreign countries. The appendixes provide detailed information on the most significant types of technologies available and under development, including brief summaries of their characteristics, their current status in terms of development or deployment, the estimated range of prices for the technologies, and the amount of federal funds spent on the technologies between fiscal years 1978 and 1996. This report is one of a series you requested on the role of technology in explosives and narcotics detection

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *EXPLOSIVES, *DRUGS, *TERRORISM, *NARCOTICS, WEAPONS, TERRORISTS, DEPLOYMENT, NATIONS, UNITED STATES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, DETECTION, COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, FOREIGN, COMMUNITIES, TRAFFIC, AIR, SECURITY, ESTIMATES, COSTS, TRAVEL, MONEY.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE