The Portunus Concept

By Hank Glauser Principal Investigator, Global Security, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The mission of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is to strengthen United States’ security through development and application of world-class science and technology. LLNL seeks to enhance the nation’s defense; reduce the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction; and respond with vision, quality, integrity and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.

The Portunus concept embodies each of these objectives by thoughtfully and methodically developing technologies and strategies that address desired improvements in our security strategies.  What may be unique about this concept however, is that we would accomplish this objective while enabling the U.S. to be the world leader in efficient goods movement.

Our current defense in depth strategy uses a variety of programs such as the Container Security Initiative, C-TPAT, and electronic manifest submittals for screening in advance of arrival.  Several reviews by government and non-government agencies have highlighted some weaknesses in these programs.  Given the current capabilities of our adversaries, these programs however may be sufficient to provide protection.  That may not hold true for the future.

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