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Researchers conducting psychological studies have sought to model criminal attitudes by interviewing perpetrators, and similar studies could presumably be directed to terrorist attitudes in an effort to better understand the factors influencing their decisions to attack or avoid targets. Such knowledge could prove useful in assessing the deterrent effects of specific tactics, such as the use of chemical-sniffing dogs, the randomized deployment of surveillance cameras, and the publicizing of new but unspecified passenger screening procedures.

Microcomputers with transponders might be attached 90150mvp(pg13_96) 8/28/02 9:13 AM Page 21 TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM CHARACTERISTICS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR SECURITY to the motor system to track its route and shut down the engines upon any veering from the approved course. Meanwhile, manufacturers, importers, and shipping companies could be required to provide authorities with advance notice of the details of their shipments. Such early notification would give inspectors time to assess the validity of the data using artificial intelligence and data-mining capabilities, and to check for anomalies that warranted closer examination.

1999a. Assessment of Technologies Deployed to Improve Aviation Security: First Report. C. NRC. 1999b. Improving Surface Transportation Security: A Research and Development Strategy. C. White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. 1997. Final Report to President Clinton. , Feb. 12. 90150mvp(pg13_96) 8/28/02 9:13 AM Page 29 3 EXAMPLES OF KEY RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY NEEDS AND In response to the events of September 11, scientists, engineers, and technologists in the public and private sectors alike are expending a great deal of effort on finding ways to use science and technology to counter terrorism.

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