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Role of the Technical Support Working Group
Author(s): Jeffrey M. David; James R. Lawrence
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Paper Abstract

First established in the mid 1980s, the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) is unique in its role as a provider of cutting edge technologies to the U.S. interagency antiterrorism/counterterrorism (AT/CT) community. The TSWG is a subworking group of the Interagency Working Group on Counterterrorism (IWG/CT) and, like the IWG/CT, falls under the ovesight of the Department of State's Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Restricting itself to rapid research, development and prototyping, TSWG provides technology customized to specific user requirements in as short a time as possible. The TSWG is organized into seven functionally aligned subgroups and includes representatives from more than 50 federal organizations. This broad agency membership promotes rapid identification of AT/CT requirements, establishes priorities and prevents unnecessary duplication. Multi-agency requirements receive priority for funding. TSWG also pursues cooperative R&D with several major allies, addressing joint international user requirements through the seven subgroups. DoD provides the bulk of program funding, as well as program management. DoS and DoE contribute additional monies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 January 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2933, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Methods and Technologies, (6 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263136
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Jeffrey M. David, Office of Special Technology/U.S. Government (United States)
James R. Lawrence, Office of Special Technology/U.S. Government (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2933:
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Methods and Technologies
Wade Ishimoto, Editor(s)

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