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LaTourrette, Tom 1963-

Works: 51 works in 155 publications in 1 language and 10,288 library holdings
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Most widely held works by Tom LaTourrette
Protecting emergency responders by Tom LaTourrette( )

21 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 2,400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical service responders play a critical role in protecting people and property in the event of fires, medical emergencies, terrorist acts, and numerous other emergencies. The authors examine the hazards that responders face and the personal protective technology needed to contend with those hazards. The findings are based on in-depth discussions with 190 members of the emergency responder community and are intended to help define the protective technology needs of responders and develop a comprehensive personal protective technology re
Managing spent nuclear fuel : strategy alternatives and policy implications by Tom LaTourrette( )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Increasing awareness of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has renewed interest in nuclear power generation. At the same time, the longstanding logjam over how to manage spent nuclear fuel continues to hamper the expansion of nuclear power. If nuclear power is to be a sustainable option for the United States, methods for managing spent fuel that meet stringent safety and environmental standards must be implemented. This monograph evaluates the main technical and institutional approaches to spent nuclear fuel management and identifies implications for the development of spent fuel management policy. The authors find that on-site storage, centralized interim storage, and permanent geological disposal are generally safe, secure, and low- to moderate-cost approaches with no insurmountable technical obstacles. Advanced fuel cycles enabling spent-fuel recycling could reduce waste repository capacity needs but are difficult to evaluate because they still in early research stages. Public acceptance challenges stand as a major impediment to any technical approach. The analysis shows that the technical approaches can be combined in different ways to form different spent fuel management strategies that can be distinguished primarily in terms of societal preferences in three areas: the disposition of spent fuel, the growth of nuclear power, andintergenerational trade-offs
Assessing gas and oil resources in the intermountain West : review of methods and framework for a new approach by Tom LaTourrette( )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors examine four recent traditionalassessments of the nation's potential supply of natural gas and oilresources. They suggest a new methodology: estimating viable resource, which is the gas and oil resource that is available when exploration andproduction costs, infrastructure and transportation costs, and environmentalimpacts are considered. This methodology will be used in future research onspecific geographic areas. The authors examine four recent traditional assessments of the nation'spotential supply of natural gas and oil resources. The assessments were doneby the U.S. Geological Survey National Oil and Gas Resource Assessment Team, the Minerals Management Service, the National Petroleum Council, and thePotential Gas Committee. Although the assessments vary, they each indicatethat the Intermountain West contains substantial natural gas and oilresources. Traditional resource assessments, however, are intended toestimate the technically recoverable resource, which does not reflect theamount of resource that can realistically be produced. This report lays thefoundation for determining the viable gas and oil resource: that which isavailable when exploration and production costs, infrastructure andtransportation costs, and environmental impacts are considered. The nextstep in the research will be to apply this methodology to estimate theviable resource in individual geographic areas. The analysis will specifythe relationships among gas and oil deposits, technological options, economic costs, infrastructure requirements, environmental impacts, andother variables to allow for a comprehensive assessment of the viable gasand oil resource
License plate readers for law enforcement : opportunities and obstacles by Keith Gierlack( )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Framing the LPR Environment -- Methodology -- LPR Uses in Different Operational Environments -- The Legal Aspect of LPR Privacy Concerns -- Common Themes and Challenges in LPR Use -- Agency Lessons Learned
Efficient aviation security : strengthening the analytic foundation for making air transportation security decisions by Brian A Jackson( )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making aviation security more cost-effective is hampered by a lack of understanding of the costs and benefits of security interventions. Moreover, there will always be considerable uncertainty about terrorists' capabilities and decisionmaking, security system performance, and the tangible and intangible costs of security measures. This volume focuses on exploring ways to use cost-benefit and other types of analysis to improve aviation security decisionmaking in spite of such uncertainties. The authors present a set of analyses that discuss how historical data on aviation security can inform security planning; examine ways to address uncertainty about the costs of security measures; discuss the ways in which different layers of a security system interact; offer a method for incorporating deterrence into the assessment of security measures via the concept of a risk-reduction threshold, using the Federal Air Marshal Service as an example; examine tradeoffs between intended and unintended consequences of security measures, using a trusted traveler program as an example; and discuss the merits of high- versus low-resolution models of aviation terrorism for informing policy. These analyses contribute to filling some of the current gaps in the assessment of the costs, benefits, and efficiency of aviation security measures and strategies
New forces at work in mining : industry views of critical technologies by D. J Peterson( )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The results of a series of in-depth discussions with leading representatives of 58 mining and quarrying firms, equipment manufacturers, research institutions, and other organizations selected for their prominent position in the industry and their ability to think broadly about technology trends. The industry representatives identified a fairly consistent set of priority areas critical to the success of the industry today and out to 2020. These trends include adoption of information technologies such as sensors, wireless communications, and positioning systems for real-time monitoring and optimization of mining operations and equipment; the use of information and communications technologies to more closely integrate mine operations; improved maintenance technologies and practices; and gradual implementation of technologies for operator assistance, remote control, and automation. The discussions highlighted the importance of collaborative technology research, development, and implementation strategies and the increasingly critical role of mine personnel in the utilization of new technologies
The impact on federal spending of allowing the terrorism risk insurance act to expire by Tom LaTourrette( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Congress enacted the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) in 2002, in response to terrorism insurance becoming unavailable or, when offered, extremely costly in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The law creates an incentive for a functioning private terrorism insurance market by providing a government reinsurance backstop for catastrophic terrorist attack losses. Extended first in 2005 and again in 2007, TRIA is set to expire at the end of 2014, and Congress is again considering the appropriate government role in terrorism insurance markets. This policy brief examines the potential federal spending implications of allowing TRIA to expire. Combining information on federal spending through TRIA, the influence of TRIA on the availability of terrorism insurance coverage, and the relationship between uninsured losses and federal disaster assistance spending, the authors find that, in the absence of a terrorist attack, TRIA costs taxpayers relatively little, and in the event of a terrorist attack comparable to any experienced before, it is expected to save taxpayers money
Individual preparedness and response to chemical, radiological, nuclear, and biological terrorist attacks by Lynn E Davis( )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is much the nation must do-and is doing-to guard against and prepare for terrorist attacks. In some possible situations, individuals may have to rely on themselves to protect their own health and safety-perhaps even their own lives. Thus, individual preparedness is an important element of our nation's strategy for homeland security. Many people know how to respond in such disasters as fires and earthquakes, but few would know what to do if someone were to use a chemical, radiological, nuclear, or biological weapon in their vicinity. Although the characteristics of such attacks may vary widely and their likelihood is highly uncertain, they can all create unfamiliar and very dangerous circumstances. Consequently, individuals need an overall strategy they can use to prepare for and respond to such attacks. This guide emerged from a detailed what-if, scenario-driven analysis we conducted to examine four types of terrorist attacks: chemical, radiological, nuclear, and biological. In each case, the response strategy is guided by a fundamental objective, which we refer to as an overarching goal, which in turn depends on taking certain actions. We have distilled our findings into this guide to offer individuals a series of actions they can take to save lives, even in catastrophic situations
Assessing natural gas and oil resources : an example of a new approach in the Greater Green River Basin( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural gas demand in the United States is projected to increase by 50 percent over the next 25 years, and most of this demand is projected to be met by increasing domestic production. Much of the nation's future natural gas supply is located on federal lands in the intermountain west. Consequently, demands on federal land managers to open western lands for energy exploration and development are increasing rapidly. This report presents a new approach to assessing natural gas and oil resources that is intended to help federal land managers with strategic land use planning by expanding the scope of these assessments to include economic and environmental considerations. This approach provides a robust understanding of energy resource characteristics by accounting for the economics associated with production and by moving some of the environmental characterization steps upstream in the decisionmaking process. This will allow land managers to better distinguish energy resources in different areas and therefore help prioritize areas for consideration for energy resource development. The approach is demonstrated for the Greater Green River Basin in Southwestern Wyoming, which is estimated to contain about 9 percent of the nation's future natural gas supply
Occupational safety and health for public safety employees : assessing the evidence and the implications for public policy by Tom LaTourrette( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Police officers, firefighters, and other public safety workers face exceptionally high rates of injury and fatality relative to the general workforce. This document provides an analysis of the risk factors associated with different aspects of public safety occupations, to help policymakers in their efforts to improve the health and safety of these employees
Reducing terrorism risk at shopping centers : an analysis of potential security options( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terrorist threat at shopping centers is a prominent concern, with over 60 terrorist attacks against shopping centers in 21 countries since 1998. Shopping center operators are starting to explore and implement increased security efforts specifically designed to combat terrorism. This report offers qualitative and quantitative modeling approaches to help these operators evaluate security options for effectiveness at reducing terrorism risk
Supplying biomass to power plants : a model of the costs of utilizing agricultural biomass in cofired power plants( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"U.S. power plants seek to diversify their fuel sources. Biomass energy is a renewable resource, generally with lower emissions than fossil fuels, and has a large, diverse base. To make decisions about investing in a facility that utilizes biomass, prospective users need information about infrastructure, logistics, costs, and constraints for the full biomass life cycle. The model developed in this work is designed to estimate the cost and availability of biomass energy resources from U.S. agricultural lands from the perspective of an individual power plant. As an illustrative example, the model estimates the availability and cost of using switchgrass or corn stover to power a cofired power plant in Illinois and estimates the plant-gate cost of producing biomass fuel, the relative proportions of switchgrass and corn stover, the mix of different land types, and the total area contributing the supplied energy. It shows that small variations in crop yields can lead to substantial changes in the amount, type, and spatial distribution of land that would produce the lowest-cost biomass for an energy facility. Land and crop choices would be very sensitive to policies governing greenhouse-gas emissions and carbon pricing, and the model demonstrates important implications for total land area requirements for supplying biomass fuel"--Provided by publisher
Mandatory workplace safety and health programs : implementation, effectiveness, and benefit-cost trade-offs by Tom LaTourrette( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1998, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began work on developing a standard that would have required all workplaces to establish a safety and health program, which uses management tools that address general behaviors and procedures to reduce the risk of occupational injuries and illnesses. Although some states already had such programs in place, OSHA argued that worksites with such programs had lower rates of injury and illness and that a federal standard would extend this benefit to worksites without such programs. By 1999, however, OSHA had abandoned its rulemaking process, partly due to intense criticism of the effectiveness relative to the cost of the proposed standard. Prior studies have attempted to analyze whether, if implemented, the standard would have been effective in its goals and whether the benefit-cost trade-offs would have leaned in favor of one or the other. Unfortunately, these studies have been inconclusive for a variety of reasons. This report takes an objective approach to assessing both the proposed OSHA standard and prior studies of its potential effectiveness, implementation and enforcement, and benefits and costs, concluding with recommendations to g! uide fur ther analysis should federal or state authorities opt to revisit the rulemaking process for such a standard
Earthquake insurance and disaster assistance : the effect of catastrophe obligation guarantees on federal disaster-assistance expenditures in California( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an effort to increase the availability and affordability of insurance for catastrophic events, the Catastrophe Obligation Guarantee Act was introduced in Congress in 2009. One of the arguments in support of this provision is that it lowers insurer costs, which lowers premium rates, increases the number of residents who buy catastrophe insurance, decreases the uninsured loss in disasters, and, ultimately, decreases federal disaster-assistance spending. The California Earthquake Authority, a state-managed catastrophe-insurance program that would qualify for the loan guarantees, sought an estimate of the potential magnitude of this effect for earthquakes in California. As part of the analysis, the report examines the price elasticity for earthquake insurance and relationships between earthquake-insurance coverage and loss compensation. We find that catastrophe obligation guarantees would reduce federal disaster-assistance costs by $3 million to $7 million for every $10 billion in total earthquake loss. Our findings show that changes in insurance coverage would have to be dramatic to have an appreciable impact on uninsured loss and disaster assistance. This result suggests that other avenues for increasing earthquake-insurance coverage, including offering new earthquake-insurance products that provide more-attractive options for consumers, might warrant consideration
Assessing the benefits of U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulatory actions to reduce terrorism risks( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Characterizing National Exposures to Infrastructure from Natural Disasters : Data and Methods Documentation by Anu Narayanan( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The United States relies on a number of infrastructure systems--roads, the electric grid, ports, telecommunications networks, refineries, and the like--for carrying out basic social and economic functions. Disruptions of these systems could impose potentially significant economic, social, environmental and national security consequences. This report serves as the technical documentation and reference document for the data, methods, and analytic approach used in the analysis of national exposures to infrastructure from natural disasters. The analysis includes 11 natural hazards and five infrastructure sectors. Analytic findings about current and future exposures of infrastructure in the United States drawn from this data analysis are documented in a separate report. The report documents how each infrastructure type and hazard is represented in data sets to act as a reference for any use of the data. For each analyzed hazard, this report includes a brief background that describes potential infrastructure impacts, and relevant metrics; a list of sources used in compiling hazard data; an overview of existing methods and applications or modifications used to analyze regional exposure to varying levels of hazard severity. When analyzing infrastructure exposures with this data, it is important to understand this information to ensure that the analysis results reflect the scope, precision, and completeness of the data. Failure to appropriately use the data could result in analysis that misrepresents exposures. The report also provides an overview of all hazard and infrastructure data used to complete this analysis. Analytic findings about current and future exposures of infrastructure in the United States drawn from this data analysis are documented in a separate report"--Publisher's description
Trade-offs among alternative government interventions in the market for terrorism insurance : interim results( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documented briefing presents interim findings from a RAND Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy (CTRMP) project that aims to inform the debate over extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (TRIA), as modified in 2005. The study uses analytic tools for identifying and assessing key trade-offs among strategies under conditions with considerable uncertainty to assess three alternative government interventions in the market for terrorism insurance: TRIA; no government terrorism insurance program; and extending TRIA without other changes in the program to required insurers to offer coverage for chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) attacks. The results suggest that TRIA performs better on the outcome measures examined for conventional attacks than letting the program expire but does not effectively address the risks CBRN attacks present to either businesses or taxpayers. The research also shows that requiring insurers to offer CBRN coverage without other program changes has little upside for CBRN attacks and can have significant unintended consequences in dealing with conventional attacks
Public health preparedness and response to chemical and radiological incidents : functions, practices, and areas for future work( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public health emergencies may arise directly or indirectly from a wide variety of events, including emerging diseases, natural disasters, industrial accidents, and terrorist attacks. One area that has not been examined in much detail is public health emergency preparedness for incidents involving the release of chemical or radiological agents. As part of RAND's continuing research into public health emergency preparedness, this report characterizes the public health service's role in preparing for and responding to such incidents, describes practices in use by local public health departments, and identifies functional areas of public health emergency preparedness and response for chemical and radiological incidents that may warrant further practice development
Supporting expeditionary aerospace forces : an operational architecture for combat support execution planning and control by James Leftwich( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As part of RAND's work to define the elements of a combat support system to help achieve U.S. Air Force Aerospace Expeditionary Force goals, this report provides a critical analysis of the current command and control (C2) architecture for combat support (CS). Based on this analysis as well as interviews with Air Force personnel, lessons from the Air War Over Serbia, and doctrinal changes and evolving practices, the authors provide a series of structural concepts to help improve execution of the C2 for combat support and remedy identified shortfalls in the current structure. The proposed architecture would allow the combat support community to quickly estimate requirements for force package options and to assess the feasibility of operational and support plans. To transition to the new architecture, the authors recommend summarizing and clarifying Air Force CS doctrine and policy on C2, using feedback to monitor performance against plans, creating standing CS organizations to promote stability in turning from one contingency to the next, cross-training operations and combat support personnel on each other's roles, and fielding improved information and decision support tools
Improving joint expeditionary medical planning based on a patient flow approach by Edward W Chan( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The U.S. military⁰́₉s current concept of operations for expeditionary medical care emphasizes quickly moving patients to a series of successively more sophisticated medical facilities that provide the patients with the care necessary to treat their injury or condition. Balancing the deployment of treatment and evacuation resources is therefore necessary to ensure that the right mix of resources is available in a timely fashion. The authors propose a planning concept that, by promoting patient flow rate as the common unit of measurement, will help integrate medical planning across treatment and evacuation functions, across the increasing levels of care, and across the different military services. The primary medical planning tool approved for use by combatant commands for developing their operational plans⁰́₄the Joint Medical Analysis Tool (JMAT)⁰́₄already operates in a manner consistent with this concept. However, modifications and enhancements to JMAT are necessary to ensure that the concept can be fully implemented
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Assessing gas and oil resources in the intermountain West : review of methods and framework for a new approach
Managing spent nuclear fuel : strategy alternatives and policy implicationsAssessing gas and oil resources in the intermountain West : review of methods and framework for a new approachNew forces at work in mining : industry views of critical technologiesIndividual preparedness and response to chemical, radiological, nuclear, and biological terrorist attacksAssessing natural gas and oil resources : an example of a new approach in the Greater Green River BasinOccupational safety and health for public safety employees : assessing the evidence and the implications for public policyReducing terrorism risk at shopping centers : an analysis of potential security optionsSupplying biomass to power plants : a model of the costs of utilizing agricultural biomass in cofired power plants
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La Tourrette, Tom 1963-

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