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Mapping the risks : assessing the homeland security implications of publicly available geospatial information

Author: John C BakerBeth E LachmanDave FrelingerKevin M O'ConnellAlex HouAll authors
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2004.
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Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, many federal government agencies began restricting some of their publicly available geospatial data and information, particularly sources accessible through the World Wide Web. U.S. decisionmakers confront a major analytical challenge in assessing whether and how such information specifically helps potential attackers, including terrorists, to select U.S. homeland sites  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mapping the risks.
Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2004
(DLC) 2003027797
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John C Baker; Beth E Lachman; Dave Frelinger; Kevin M O'Connell; Alex Hou; Michael S Tseng; David T Orletsky; Charles Woodruff Yost; Rand Corporation.; Intelligence Policy Center (U.S.); United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense.
ISBN: 0833035479 9780833035479 083303622X 9780833036223
OCLC Number: 367880235
Notes: "RAND National Defense Research Institute."
Description: 1 online resource (xxxviii, 195 pages)
Contents: Cover; Preface; Sponsor Guidance; The RAND Corporation Quality Assurance Process; Contents; Figures; Tables; Summary; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; CHAPTER ONE Introduction; CHAPTER TWO What Are the Attackers' Key Information Needs?; CHAPTER THREE What Publicly Available Geospatial Information Is Significant to Potential Attackers' Needs?; CHAPTER FOUR An Analytical Framework for Assessing the Homeland Security Implications of Publicly Accessible Geospatial Information; CHAPTER FIVE Key Findings and Recommendations; APPENDIX A Federal Agencies Examined.
Other Titles: Assessing the homeland security implications of publicly available geospatial information
Responsibility: John C. Baker [and others].

Abstract:

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, many federal government agencies began restricting some of their publicly available geospatial data and information, particularly sources accessible through the World Wide Web. U.S. decisionmakers confront a major analytical challenge in assessing whether and how such information specifically helps potential attackers, including terrorists, to select U.S. homeland sites and plan their attacks. At the direction of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, researchers at the RAND Corporation sought to better understand how publicly available geospatial information can be exploited by possible attackers and what kinds of information might prove most valuable. After evaluating both the "supply" and "demand" of geospatial information, including a survey of several thousand Web sites, RAND researchers developed an analytical framework that applies three key criteria--usefulness, uniqueness, and societal benefits and costs--to assessing the homeland security implications of geospatial information that is publicly available. The researchers offer recommendations on additional steps that the federal government can take to increase the awareness of the public and private sectors concerning the potential homeland security implications of geospatial information.

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