Test and Evaluation of Biological Standoff Detection Systems: Abbreviated Version

Test and Evaluation of Biological Standoff Detection Systems: Abbreviated Version

By: National Research Council (author), Committee on Test and Evaluation of Biological Standoff Detection Systems (author), Division on Earth and Life Studies (author), Board on Life Sciences (author), Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (author)Paperback

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A biological warfare agent (BWA) is a microorganism, or a toxin derived from a living organism, that causes disease in humans, plants, or animals or that causes the deterioration of material. The effectiveness of a BWA is greatly reduced if the attack is detected in time for the target population to take appropriate defensive measures. Therefore, the ability to detect a BWA, in particular to detect it before the target population is exposed, will be a valuable asset to defense against biological attacks. The ideal detection system will have quick response and be able to detect a threat plume at a distance from the target population. The development of reliable biological standoff detection systems, therefore, is a key goal. However, testing biological standoff detection systems is difficult because open-air field tests with BWAs are not permitted under international conventions and because the wide variety of environments in which detectors might be used may affect their performance. This book explores the question of how to determine whether or not a biological standoff detection system fulfills its mission reliably if we cannot conduct open-air field tests with live BWAs.

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Committee on Test and Evaluation of Biological Standoff Detection Systems, National Research Council

Contents

1 Front Matter; 2 Summary; 3 References; 4 Appendix A Statement of Task; 5 Appendix B Biographical Sketches of Committee Members; 6 Appendix C Glossary; 7 Appendix D Summary of Committee Meetings; 8 Appendix E Role of Test and Evaluation in Department of Defense Acquisition

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780309114431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 42
  • ID: 9780309114431
  • ISBN10: 0309114438

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