House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to hold dirty bomb prevention hearing
During this hearing, subcommittee members will hear testimony that details what is currently done to prevent the threat of an attack of this kind and what efforts can be made in order to improve preparedness and response in the event of such an event occurring.
There are two panels of witnesses. The first includes: Huban Gowadia, director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office; Todd Owen, assistant commissioner in the Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Rear Adm. Peter Brown, assistant commandant for Response Police, U.S. Coast Guard; and David Maurer, director of Justice and Law Enforcement Issues within the Homeland Security Team of the U.S. Governmental Accountability Office.
The second panel consists of: Gregory Canavan, senior fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratories; Joe Lawless, chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities’ Security Committee; Charles Potter, distinguished technical staff member of Sandia National Laboratories; and Stephen Flynn, director of the Center for Resilience Studies at Northwestern University.
This hearing will take place Oct. 27 beginning at 10 a.m. ET at the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Department of Homeland Security reports that there is a small likelihood of a weapon of mass destruction making it through shipping ports.