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Counterdrug Research and Development Blueprint Update

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52 pages
This report describes counterdrug research and development activities by the Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center (CTAC) and provides guidelines and plans for future efforts.
CTAC, in conjunction with Federal, State and local agencies, initiated 52 specific technology projects. The report includes descriptions of CTAC accomplishments, a program summary, infrastructure support, outreach program, future plans, and program issues. Examples of major CTAC accomplishments include: (1) a prototype multimedia and data fusion system applying new networking technology with law enforcement agencies in Pinnellas County, FL; (2) a performance evaluation of two firearms ballistic imaging systems that resulted in a Federal guideline for ballistic imaging systems; (3) an automated targeting system for identifying cargo that has a high probability of containing contraband; (4) opened the Border Research and Technology Center at Otay Mesa, CA; (5) developed a Global Positioning System laptop computer mapping and tracking system to assist police in drug-related criminal investigations; and (6) worked on ways to detect drugs in drums and tankers by nonintrusively measuring the acoustic properties of the transported substance. Figure, appendixes