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"When you start working on terrorism, it's easy to be depressed by the scope of the problem," said John Whitley, a researcher at the New Mexico lab, which is run by defense giant Lockheed Martin Corp. for the U.S. Department of Energy.
"But when you look at fire, it gives you hope that the problem can be dealt with.The bottom line is, you live your life not being terrified of fire.That wasn't the case 200 years ago."Whitley is a member of Sandia's Advanced Concepts Group, an internal think tank trying to forge a long-term direction for the lab in making society safer through innovative thinking and cutting-edge technology.
The group engages in what its founder, Gerold Yonas
, calls "dotology" -- the science of connecting the dots to see linkages among various disciplines.It tries to imagine what international issues affect national security and what technological tools can be developed in response.
In a recent report on the parallels between controlling fire and terrorism, Yonas and Whitley
cite several lessons:
-- Solutions must comprehensively attack all segments of the problem.Prevention alone isn't enough.
"With fire, you had to deal with the infrastructure," Whitley
But as with fighting fire, preventing terrorism threats will take time and money, Whitley
"We spend around $100 billion a year on fire protection," he
said, "and it's not unheard of that we'll spend that much on terrorism activities."He
and Yonas also noted that fires strike far more often than terrorists do.
Laura Lee News - Playing With Fire: Tools To Fight Terrorism
While terrorism's threat may never be ultimately eliminated, Yonas and ACG member John Whitley's concept is to see the problem reduced technically and emotionally to the routine preventive measures currently employed to deal with fire.
, "As we moved into the industrial age, technological advances led to major improvements in fire-fighting machinery.
"But we're trying to do more ...
"But we're trying to do more locally," said John Whitley, a member of the local part of the relief team, the Yates Baptist Association.
The association, which draws its volunteers from around 60 churches in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties, got the word about Williams' house last Wednesday morning, after her insurance agent had contacted the organization.
Two days later, the volunteers were moving briskly through the house, rearranging furniture, scrubbing walls with special dry chemical sponges, tearing down damaged sheet rock, pulling out tiles and kitchen cupboards, priming some walls, pushing paint rollers across others.
The mottled gray and black areas were making way for pristine new colors.
The idea, Whitley
said, was to have Williams and her children back in the house before school begins again for the kids on Monday.
Confessions of a Pilgrim – Faith
John Whitley of ACG makes an interesting comment:
â€œBecause their goal is to terrorize us, one point is to take the terror out of terror,â€ says John Whitley
, another ACG
group member. â€œConsider fire: At one time, fire was a major threat to cities and even burned a number of them down.
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lifted up himself, and said unto them, He
that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her
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John Whitley, of Sandia National Laboratories, Advanced Concepts Group brought to Asia Pacfic by ThoughtWeb to present to defence and government community on emerging threats and counter-terrorism initiatives.