By Jeremy M. Wilson, Brian A. Jackson, Mel Eisman, Paul Steinberg, Jack K. Riley
U.S. groups depend upon trustworthy, secure, and safe rail structures. every one weekday, greater than 12 million passengers take to U.S. railways. This ebook explains a framework for protection planners and policymakers to lead in your price range rail-security making plans, in particular for the chance of terrorism. possibility is a functionality of probability, vulnerability, and results. This publication makes a speciality of addressing vulnerabilities and restricting outcomes.
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2 Weapons Used in Rail Incidents Weapon Number Percentage 643 77 Fire or ﬁrebomb 39 5 Firearms 51 6 Chemical agent 17 2 3 0 Threat 65 8 Unknown 18 2 None 1 0 Total 837a Explosives Radiological agent 100 SOURCES: Analysis of rail incident data compiled from National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism and RAND Corporation (ongoing), Jenkins (1997, 2001), Rabkin et al. (2004), and Monterey Institute of International Studies (undated[b]). a This total reﬂects that sabotage incidents were not assigned a weapon type.
Such an understanding should be based not just on the casualties produced by attacks but also on the physical damage caused and the incident’s eﬀect on rail-system functioning. The eﬀects of incidents on rail systems can vary considerably. An attack that damages a single rail car may have minimal eﬀects if that car can be moved out of the way and postattack recovery and investigation can be carried out in a way that does not interfere with the system. , elevated track or bridges, control systems) could render a system inoperable until the damaged sections can be rebuilt.
The nature of threats and hoaxes, even those carried out by recognized terrorist organizations, is such that they may be less likely to be reported in the media than are actual operations and could, therefore, be underrepresented in available data sources. 2 Weapons Used in Rail Incidents Weapon Number Percentage 643 77 Fire or ﬁrebomb 39 5 Firearms 51 6 Chemical agent 17 2 3 0 Threat 65 8 Unknown 18 2 None 1 0 Total 837a Explosives Radiological agent 100 SOURCES: Analysis of rail incident data compiled from National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism and RAND Corporation (ongoing), Jenkins (1997, 2001), Rabkin et al.