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The Role of Systems Engineering in Combating Terrorism

By Dr. William, F. Mackey, James Long, Dr. Harry Crisp, Dr. David Cropley, Adelaide South and Shabaz Raza


Abstract. Following the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, several members of INCOSE have become involved in international, regional, and local activities to respond to those events that have shaken the international community. A charter for the INCOSE Systems Engineering Initiatives Technical Committee (SEITC) and an Anti-Terrorism International Working Group (ATIWG) were established in October 2001. INCOSE ATIWG members are applying the multidisciplinary approach of systems engineering to understanding all facets of terrorism. The ATIWG convened a special panel at INCOSE 2002 in Las Vegas, NV, using the same name as the title of this paper. Rather than lose the information conveyed during that session, many of the panelists agreed to join their efforts to coauthor this paper and document much of what was said. This paper’s thesis is that the multidisciplinary approach of systems engineering is useful in evaluating terrorist threats, identifying potential target vulnerabilities, an

Year: 2011
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