- In London on July 7, 2005, a series of coordinated attacks with improvised explosives devices (IED) were unleashed against the public transportation system. Is it morally or ethically defensible to execute such attacks against civilians? How can law enforcement best respond to such attacks to prevent further damage and harm to citizens? (75 words)
2. An international terrorist organization is plotting to attack the U.S. Federal Building in Dallas, Texas. The terrorist organization has infiltrated the federal building maintenance and planning department, which has given those personnel access to evacuation plans as well as access to storage areas and transportation inaccessible to the public. The plan is to plant numerous improvised explosive devices (IED) throughout the building to not only kill and maim existing personnel and citizenry within the structure but also to encourage a full evacuation of the building. Secondary and tertiary devices are to be located not only along the escape routes outside the building, but also in the typical first responder staging areas.
You are a member of the strategic/contingency planning committee for the city of Dallas. How can you design a plan that will prevent such attacks or at least provide the best response to these attacks? Should the plan succeed, what impact would this attack have against the economy as well as federal, state, and local government operations? Based on predictive collateral damages such as exploding gas lines, open sewer mains, and similar damage, what is the probable environmental impact from such an attack?
3. Terrorist organizations rely heavily on high explosives as a method of attack. What is a body-borne improvised explosive device (BBIED), and what is the delivery method for this form of attack? How can we mitigate such attacks and develop strategies to prevent such attacks? (200 words)