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Army Wants Radar To Detect Terror Attacks

Congress Has Allocated $15 Million To Develop System. For the U.S. Army, Doppler radar isn’t just about more precise weather mapping and detecting wind shear. It also holds promise as an early warning system for airborne biological and chemical attacks. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are working with the Army to develop a detection system that would involve modifying federal radar stations in nearly three dozen cities. Congress has so far allocated $15 million to develop the so-called Homeland Defense Chemical Biological Umbrella, with a handful of stations expected to be functional by year’s end. The threat of airborne releases of chemical or biological agents in the skies, once grist for pulp spy novels, took on new urgency after the Sept. 11 attacks. Investigators found evidence that groups of men — which may have included one of the hijackers — made repeated inquiries about crop-duster planes in Florida, possibly to disperse chemical agents like the nerve agent VX, or biological poisons such as anthrax. Full Story

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