How nanotechnology will transform the war against terror.
Nanotechnology offers immense potential for fighting terrorism without sacrificing our open, free, and democratic society. This book covers the significant opportunity to use nanotechnology to prevent terrorism and other threats to security as well as mitigate their impact. Co-authored by one of the field's pioneers and featuring remarks from other nanoscience researchers and industry leaders, Nanotechnology and Homeland Security is written for every educated citizen who wants to understand the weapons of choice in the battle of our generation. Coverage includes:
- Nanotechnology-based sensors: fast, cheap, accurate tests for explosives, radiation, weapons of mass destruction, and food/water contamination
- Nanotechnology-based smart materials: protecting homes, offices, and first responders
- Nanotechnology-based biomedical research: revolutionary treatments for chemical/biological attacks and trauma
- Nanotechnology-based energy generation technologies: ending the world's dependence on oil
- Nanotechnology-based remediation technologies: healing the effects of environmental damage and ecoterrorism
Daniel and Mark Ratner tell you what's real today-and what it'll take to transform tomorrow's applications from science fiction to reality. Along the way, they debunk the myths of nanotechnology, and offer new insight into its profound ethical, political, and social implications.
Nanotechnology is an enabling technology that could have an impact on the world that dwarfs the Internet's impact on our daily lives. Mark and Dan Ratner have ably illustrated some of roles that nanotechnology can play in our future, including how it could enhance national security, make soldiers more effective on the battlefield, or even help prevent attacks on our homeland. As a member of Congress who is active in advancing the development of nanotechnology, I encourage other policymakers, educators, and social visionaries to become cognizant of tomorrow's possibilities.—U.S. Representative Mike Honda, Member, House of Representatives Committeeon Science.
The authors do an excellent job of using their expert knowledge to clearly communicate complex topics into a clear, well-organized examination of the impact of nanotechnology on national security.—Lynn E. Foster, Jr., Nanotechnology Analyst, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, and author of the seminal Nanotechnology Yellow Pages study.
U.S. policy-makers and -shapers: READ THIS BOOK! Then get to work.—Rocky Rawstern, Editor, Nanotech-Now.com.
Nanotechnology and Homeland Security provides the reader with the most important weapon of all-knowledge. It is as much a blow against ignorance and hype as it is a primer for how real nanotechnology should contribute to our future security. Mark and Dan Ratner confront the utopians and the alarmists by debunking both 'molecular assemblers' and 'gray goo.' This book is informative, thought-provoking and very readable.—R. Stanley Williams, HP Senior Fellow, Hewlett-Packard Labs.
The book is a clear overview of the two subjects of nanotechnology and countering terrorism, but its special strength is the thoughtful way it weaves these two subjects together."—R. Stephen Berry, Department of Chemistry and the James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
This book does an excellent job introducing the field of nanotechnology to the layperson by showing its promise for security and defense-perhaps the most relevant sectors of society demanding advances that only nanotechnology can provide.—Josh Wolfe, Managing Partner, Lux Capital, and Editor, Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report
This book identifies many of the issues that need to be examined, and to be dealt with, if nanotechnology is to become a fully mature, fully productive asset to our nation and to the world.—James Murday, Chief Scientist, Office of Naval Research.
This is the first example of an accessible book discussing the highly relevant field of nanotechnology and its applicability to homeland security in laymen's terms. The Ratners successfully cut through the hype surrounding the topic, while stimulating thoughts on many possibilities of the technology, especially in the defense and medical arenas. Mark Ratner is an internationally recognized expert in the field of nanotechnology with an in-depth knowledge in the area. He is respected by those in the academic and industrial research communities as a creative thinker with a long-standing track record of pioneering technical concepts for development of new materials.—Dr. Susan Ermer, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, California
Table of Contents
Foreword by James Murday, Chief Scientist, Office of Naval Research.
The Great Awakening. The Case for Nanotechnology.
2. Nanotechnology: What and Why?
Comments of David Swain, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Boeing Corp. What Nanotechnology Is Not. Major Branches of Research. Materials. Sensors. Biomedical Nanostructures. Energy. Electronics. Optics. Fabrication. Why Nanotechnology?
3. The New Battlespace.
The Changing Face of War. Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Challenge. Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Solutions. Part I: Detection. Part II: Protection. Part III: Remediation. The Modern Soldier. A Coat of Many Colors. Comments of Timothy M Swager, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Director, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. The Man-Machine Interface. Out of Harm's Way. Better, Faster, Tougher, Smarter. Batteries Not Included. The Tip of the Iceberg. Comments of Debra Rolison, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC.
4. Homeland Security.
The State of the Nation. Hardening the Hearts of Cities. Smelling Smoke. First Response. Clean It Up! Human Repair. The Information War. High-Performance Computing Comments of Kwan S Kwok, DARPA Program Manager. Cryptography. Flexible and Pervasive Computing. System Diversity and Survivability.
5. Environmental and Economic Aspects of Nanoscience.
Fabrication. Remediation of Ongoing Environmental Issues. Transportation. Energy. Comments of Richard Smalley, Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Rice University. The Hydrogen Economy. Domestic Economic Implications. Global Economic Impact. The Economics of Security.
6. Society, Ethics, and Geopolitics.
Comments of Stan Williams, Senior HP Fellow and Director of Quantum Science Research, Hewlett-Packard. Information Tech, Biotech, Nanotech. Public Policy. Intellectual Property. Privacy and Civil Liberties. Education and Training. Amorality of Technology. Vigilance, Awareness, and Responsibility.
About the Authors.
“納米技術是一項使我們的生活受到的影響遠遠超過互聯網的技術。馬克和丹·拉特納生動地展示了納米技術在我們未來中所扮演的角色，包括如何增強國家安全，使士兵在戰場上更加有效，甚至幫助防止對我們國土的襲擊。作為一名積極推動納米技術發展的國會議員，我鼓勵其他政策制定者、教育工作者和社會願景家了解明天的可能性。” — 美國眾議院議員麥克·本田，美國眾議院科學委員會委員
“作者們以其專業知識出色地將複雜的主題清晰地傳達給讀者，徹底檢視了納米技術對國家安全的影響。” — 林恩·E·福斯特，納米技術分析師，Squire Sanders & Dempsey，以及《納米技術黃頁》研究的作者
“美國的政策制定者和形塑者：閱讀這本書！然後開始工作。” — 洛基·羅斯特恩，編輯，Nanotech-Now.com
《納米技術與國土安全》為讀者提供了最重要的武器-知識。它不僅是對無知和炒作的打擊，也是對真正的納米技術如何為我們未來的安全做出貢獻的入門指南。馬克和丹·拉特納通過揭穿“分子組裝器”和“灰色黏液”的神話，面對烏托邦主義者和警報者。這本書充滿了信息，引人深思，並且非常易讀。” — R·斯坦利·威廉姆斯，惠普高級研究員，惠普實驗室
“這本書清晰地概述了納米技術和反恐兩個主題，但其特別之處在於它以深思熟慮的方式將這兩個主題結合在一起。” — R·斯蒂芬·貝里，芝加哥大學化學系和詹姆斯·弗朗克研究所