SEA-9 Capstone Team Designs Defense Against "9/11 from the Sea"

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Story by Barbara Honegger, Senior Military Affairs Journalist

A team of seven Naval Postgraduate School Systems Engineering and Analysis (SEA) students presented an all-day brief and demonstrations on their Maritime Threat Response (MTR) Capstone Project, May 24. The mission of the integrated interdisciplinary research group was to define and select a cost-effective “system of systems” architecture to respond to near-term maritime terrorist threats in and from San Francisco Bay. The three threats the system was designed to defend against were a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) smuggled onto an innocent ship, a “9/11 from the sea” of hijacked ships used as weapons and an attack by a small boat within the Bay.

“This capstone project was a response to a national mission requirement in a report for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense,” said Professor Frank Shoup, Director of the Wayne E. Meyer Institute for Systems Engineering, the project sponsor. “It responds to a series of requirements outlined in the National Strategy for Maritime Security.”

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