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Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) Process


Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) Process

Investigators: 
Other START Researchers: 
Sarah Spalding

Project Details

Abstract: 

The Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) Process project builds on work START has previously done to assess the threats of non-state adversaries seeking WMD at the organizational, technological and geospatial levels of analysis. This effort is part of a larger research thrust that will combine to provide additional insights and tools to improve engagement with U.S. government partners to fill potential gaps in the domestic portion of the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture in an informed, risk-based manner. Additionally, this project will produce a high-level strategy document that will provide a detailed examination of THIRA process, as well as present a set of recommendations for upcoming revisions to the program.

Methodology: 

This effort will examine how various state and UASI (Urban Area Security Initiative) areas implement the THIRA process to identify their priority threats and hazards annually.  The results will enable the U.S. government to improve its engagement and outreach efforts with its non-federal partners, as well as increase its ability to build and sustain national R/N detection capabilities.

Timeframe

Project Period: 
September 2014 to June 2015

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