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

Lewis Sloter is a staff specialist, Office of the Dupty Under Secretary of Defense (Science & Technology), U.S. Department of Defense.
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LETTER TO EDITOR

Overview: Homeland Security

Counterterrorism and Materials Research and Engineering: Planning, Challenges, and Opportunities

Lewis Sloter

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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.

Current plans and planning efforts associated with counterterrorism in the federal sector are reviewed with emphasis on the positive role that materials research and engineering can play. Generic challenges associated with inspection and detection of materials and devices and broad opportunities for materials research and engineering contributions are discussed. The need for systems and system engineering approaches to the problem and the challenges that this poses to the materials community are highlighted and general approaches suggested.

For more information, contact Lewis Sloter, U.S. Department of Defense, 300 Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20301-3080; e-mail lewis.sloter@osd.mil


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