posted on Sep, 17 2010 @ 12:17 PM
And here is some more to consider when we discuss these 'assessments' and by whom they are made, their timing, and the relevance they have to our
current government/corporate environment.
The National research Council draws its members from the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of
Medicine. (How they particularly are competent in National Security and intelligence is another question one might ask.... but I won't)
This report ( www.nap.edu...
) was commissioned (and paid for) by our DHS (the contract should be available for search
under HSHQDC-08-C-00090; for those of you who want to see how much this 'study' cost the taxpayers.
A word about some the authors of this report. The chair; Dr. Ahearn, is a physicist associated with the National Academy of Engineering, although he
now is a Director 'emeritus' of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. For those curious "Emeritus" is used in conjunction with a title to
indicate a retired person with no official standing, but 'respected' for their prior position. His experience is said to be as a former chair of
the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, and he also once held the title of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy a political appointee to the White House Energy
Other members of the 'committee' responsible for this analysis hail from (or have been involved directly with) the University of Maryland, the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.I.T., Exponent Consulting, Navigant Consulting, USGS, DHS (go figure!), Allstate Insurance, Countermeasures
Assessment and Security (a company), BAE Systems, Clark University, the RAND corporation, Environ International, Carnegie Mellon University.
University of Pittsburg, and Western Emergency Management Services,
Dry enough for you? It's a heck of a read... enjoy!