Most port security discussions focus
on a single challenge -- how to monitor container-ship cargos to ensure
that exotic weapons -- nuclear, chemical or biological -- do not enter the United States.
But that issue, while important, is only one of many in port security.
Although compelling, it ignores the more basic fact that ports themselves
are complex systems -- and like all complex systems, they are vulnerable to
attacks using simple weapons coupled with imagination. And because ports
are vital to the global economy, an attack that disrupts port traffic --
even for a few days or weeks -- could significantly affect the domestic and
Researchers and faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology
engineering and science university, are taking a broad approach to port
security -- looking at the full spectrum of vulnerabilities in the Port of New York and New Jersey, one of the largest and most complex ports in the
world. They are designing systems and approaches that promise higher levels
of protection to the port as a whole.