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dc.contributor.advisorHalladay, Carolyn
dc.contributor.authorSheppard, Adrian Bernard
dc.dateDec-17
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-07T20:34:51Z
dc.date.available2018-02-07T20:34:51Z
dc.date.issued2017-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/56805
dc.description.abstractThis thesis identifies an emerging problem space, high-rise pyro-terrorism. Although modern urban environments are vulnerable to sophisticated arson, and terrorists and lone-wolf attackers have exploited that vulnerability, neither practitioners nor the academic community have addressed the unique threat posed by arson. This thesis fills that gap by showing, first, that a good reason exists to believe that terrorists will use arson against high-profile urban targets in the future; second, that existing regulatory strategies may be sufficient to guard against accidental fires and opportunistic arson, but have weaknesses that sophisticated attackers can identify and exploit; and third, that the approach to urban firefighting must be modified to protect first responders, improve life safety in cases of pyro-terrorism, and facilitate effective collaboration with counter-terrorism forces. This thesis is valuable for an academic audience because it identifies the most pressing gaps in the literature on pyro-terrorism and explains their significance. It is also valuable to practitioners because it highlights vulnerabilities that can be addressed immediately, in a proactive rather than a reactive way.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/firesweaponhighr1094556805
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleFire as a weapon: high-rise structuresen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderWollman, Lauren
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorpyro-terrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorpolitical arsonen_US
dc.subject.authorhigh-rise firesen_US
dc.subject.authorarson terrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorfire countermeasuresen_US
dc.subject.authorWorld Trade Centeren_US
dc.subject.authorHappyland fireen_US
dc.subject.authorTaj Mahal Fireen_US
dc.subject.authorfire bombingen_US
dc.subject.authorinferno terroren_US
dc.subject.authorterrorist arsonistsen_US
dc.subject.authorcounter-terrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorarson attacksen_US
dc.description.serviceFire Chief, City of Richmond, Californiaen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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