Alternatives for Landmine Detection

Alternatives for Landmine Detection

Alternatives for Landmine Detection

Alternatives for Landmine Detection

Excerpt

This report assesses the potential for innovative mine detection technologies to speed clearance of the 45–50 million landmines around the world. The Office of Science and Technology Policy commissioned the report because of concerns about the slow pace of humanitarian demining.

Numerous studies have compared and evaluated the performance of mine detection technologies—those currently fielded and those under development. This report is unique because it focuses entirely on close-in detection of antipersonnel mines and leverages expertise of two groups of prominent experts including (1) specialists on the cutting edge of the latest technologies and (2) researchers and program managers with long-standing and broad experience in mine detection. Those in the first group wrote background papers describing the most recent research on each innovative detection technology; these papers are included in the appendixes of this report. Those in the second group (who are listed as coauthors of this report) reviewed the background papers and assessed the relative potential of the different technologies. The main report synthesizes the conclusions of this expert group as well as the results of the Science and Technology Policy Institute's (S&TPI's) review of mine detection literature.

The main report of this book was written to be accessible to a wide audience, including federal policymakers, the science community, nongovernmental organizations involved in humanitarian demining, and the general public. The appendixes provide additional technical details on specific mine detection technologies and will be of interest . . .

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