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An Article from the February 2003 JOM-e: A Web-Only Supplement to JOM

A.D. Romig, Jr., is vice president of Science & Technology and Partnerships and chief technology officer, Sandia National Laboratories.
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LETTER TO EDITOR

Overview: Homeland Security

Fifty Years of Defending the Nation at Home and Abroad

A.D. Romig, Jr.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: During the 2002 TMS Fall Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, the symposium Opportunities and Issues in Homeland Security was cosponsored by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ASM International. The speakers' slides from several of the presentations were collected and converted to into portable document format (PDF) files for viewing as this month's JOM-e.

Since World War II, U.S. Department of Energy laboratories have played key roles in defending the United States. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories (Sandia, Los Alamos, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories) were scientific and technical cornerstones of the U.S. success in prevailing during the Cold War. Recently, these labs have been major players in the nation's efforts to combat terrorism and secure our homeland. This lecture presents unclassified activities within the NNSA laboratories, especially Sandia. Laboratory technology in the Afghanistan theater has enabled locating, tracking, and incapacitating Taliban and Al Qaeda facilities and forces. At home, technology has been deployed to detect chem-bio agents. Other technologies have been developed to mitigate these agents in the event of their use. For example, working with the U.S. Postal Service, Sandia deployed technology to decontaminate mail in Washington, D.C., and a Sandia-developed foam was used to treat several facilities contaminated with anthrax.

For more information, contact A.D. Romig, Jr., Sandia National Laboratories, Sci & Technology and Partnerships Division, 1000 MS 0513, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185-0513; e-mail adromig@sandia.gov.


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