NRC report finds challenges in international counterterrorism collaborations

The U.S. and partner countries should prepare to work together to mitigate the effects of terrorist attacks in case national security efforts fail, according to a recent report from the National Research Council.

The new NRC report discussed the challenges the U.S. and other countries could face when attempting to respond cooperatively to counteract terrorist acts. The report looked at accidental and intentional releases of CBRNE hazards and the roles the countries would take in responding to and managing the aftermath of an incident, Homeland Security Newswire reports.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) said the report, "An All-Government Approach to Increase Resilience for International Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive Events," summarized a workshop held in 2013 by the NRC. The NIST provided funding to organize the workshop.

"Standards are the keystone of disaster resilience efforts," William Billotte, the manager of NIST's National Security Standards Program, said, according to Homeland Security Newswire. "Standards support improved capabilities and interoperability, goals that will help the international community respond to a CBRNE event and work to prevent destabilization of national infrastructure."

The workshop steering committee identified an initial focus for the 2013 workshop, which included identifying best practices and resources for improved interoperability of the U.S. and partner nations, identifying capabilities needed to respond to an international CBRNE event, and identifying key questions that need to be addressed in follow-up activities, Homeland Security Newswire reports.