Preparedness of Raleigh Durham International Airport for a Terrorist Attack

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Preparedness of Raleigh Durham International Airport for a Terrorist Attack
Daniel Hammer
American Military University
Spring 2011

Abstract This research paper will address the current security policies at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Raleigh, North Carolina. The current security policies will be scrutinized and see if they are capable in deterring a terrorist attack. They will be compared and a number of fields, such as usefulness, cost effectiveness, and to foreign nations airport security policies, as well as other airports in America. Finally, the airport security policies will be checked for weak points and flaws that terrorists may utilize for an attack.

Introduction to the Study

America’s airports are a gateway in and out of the nation. Unfortunately, they are also a focus of terrorist attack. America’s airports have security measures in place to deter and stop terrorist attack, but are actually capable in doing so? Specifically, is Raleigh-Durham International Airport capable of withstanding a terrorist attack? How effective are the security measures in stopping a terrorist attack? Is the cost of the security measures reasonable? Are the security measures violating American rights? And, How effective are the security compared to both foreign nations, and to pre 9/11? These are the questions that will be addressed in this case study.

Purpose of this Study

The purpose of this case study will be to ascertain what security policies Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Raleigh, North Carolina have put into operation in order to deter terrorist attacks, and investigating to see if these policies are effective.
Gaps in the Current Literature
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