Waterside Attacks on Dams project holds demo at the Truman Dam

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Date:  December 7, 2012

On November 28th and 29th, 2012 an unclassified integrated security system demonstration was held at the Truman Dam in Warsaw Missouri. The purpose of the demonstration was to provide a real- world application of security sensing technology so that dam owners could witness the effectiveness of a variety of detection capabilities. Three different integration contractors participated in the demonstration. 1) SAIC/SRR 2) Sonardyne 3) L-3 Klein Associates Each contractor demonstrated their integrated solution of radar, thermal and video detection of surface swimmers and boats approaching the dam.

This project is identifying existing concepts and developing new ones to reduce the risk from water-side attacks to dams and gated spillways. The approach is to identify or develop cost effective concepts for reducing risks to dams from water-borne and underwater threats. One mitigation measure that will be investigated is establishing appropriate buffer zones around critical facilities. The technology must incorporate appropriate delay alternatives and less-than-lethal options to deal with incoming water-side approaches whose intentions are not clearly established, but may not be hostile.

In the photo below, the Truman Dam where the demo was held

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