Assignment 2: LASA 1: Conduct a Threat Assessment on Bridges and Tunnels

Assignment 2: LASA 1: Conduct a Threat Assessment on Bridges and Tunnels

A worrying trend in recently documented terrorist activity is the increase in attacks on worldwide public surface transportation infrastructure. Historical data from past terrorist attacks and recent threats to US transportation infrastructure suggests that bridges and tunnels are especially vulnerable.

Considering this potential vulnerability and the lack of blast-resistant designs of bridges and tunnels, there is a need to fortify security at the multiple bridges and two tunnels along major highways in the City of Centervale. These bridges and both tunnels in Centervale support critical emergency routes, military transportation plans, and vital economic corridors, and the loss of a key bridge could result in severe security, economic, and socioeconomic consequences. Accordingly, there is a need for the leaders of Centervale to receive guidance to ensure resilience and survivability in case of a terrorist attack on one of the bridges in the city.

What You Need To Do . . .

Using the Argosy University online library resources, conduct research on the current threat to US transportation infrastructure, paying particular attention to bridges and tunnels.

Apply that research to write a 6- to 8-page report that addresses the following:

  1. Using research and material from the course readings, analyze the history and importance of the global transportation system.
  2. Apply this research to explain how Centervale’s bridges and tunnels are vulnerable.
  3. Develop recommendations to address the following:
    1. Evaluate the ways in which the future development of the infrastructure can reduce consequences if an attack occurs.
    2. Identify countermeasures that can be used singly or in combination to reduce attractiveness to terrorists and/or vulnerability of the bridges and tunnels.
    3. Analyze and identify the best policies and procedures to maintain quality personnel and enhance procedural security of the infrastructure.
  4. Explain how these recommendations meet or exceed government guidelines for transportation in a post-9/11 environment (i.e., Patriot Act and Homeland Security).
  5. Explain how these recommendations address domestic (American) laws and regulations related to the transportation industry.

Employ proper grammar and spelling throughout your writing; apply APA standards to all research.

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