Technology has always been one of America’s strong suits. It’s obvious that on the day of the 9/11 attacks, security technology could have been lacking. However, now we have the science, engineering and technology to help us ensure the nation’s security. Now, as we look back, 11 years later, we can say that we’ve made some incredible improvements.
According to the Huffington Post, at least 45 terrorist plots have been stopped and many others deterred, all due to a mix of luck and technology. For two years after 9/11, scientists and engineers at the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community all combined their efforts to develop new strategies for counter-terrorism.
The areas where they truly shined were both intelligence and surveillance against terrorist plots in general. At the time of 9/11 these areas needed help. Communications were also a sensitive area, because the United States desperately needed technologies to intercept internet and cellular communications, both of which were being used by terrorist organizations.
Now, with counter-terrorism developments, terrorists are much easier to target and find. With data mining and communications intercepts, locating terrorism is a simpler process for intelligence agencies in general.
New efforts have also been made in information technology as well. This has been called the “Information Sharing Environment.” However, this area may still need improvement. New technologies in information and communication have been very well developed, but in order for them to work, large bureaucracies will have to join in. Reportedly, fundamental problems with the Information Sharing Environment have yet to be solved.
While some areas still seem to be lacking, there are plenty of others with significant improvement. Border control, visas and airline security all play a large role in keeping the nation secure. Improved scanners and facial recognition systems are to thank for these improvements in security, even though there have been some major complaints along the way from the general public. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is largely to thank here as well, by putting together a security plan that didn’t necessarily have a clear outcome in sight.
Yet while airline security has been challenging, border control and port control have been a challenge as well. Especially with the volume of freight containers that regularly enter the U.S., it makes it extremely difficult to inspect each one for terrorism materials. While border control and security has improved with drone aircrafts and armed guards as obvious solutions, port security still does not have all of the solutions.
Military forces have also been improving against terrorism. With science and technology, drone aircrafts, new systems to cope with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and detection of chemical and nuclear weapons, were all made possible.
With so many advancements in technology today, it’s easy to see why the country was able to avoid so many terrorist attacks and threats. While there are a few areas that definitely still need to be worked on, it’s safe to say that several agencies have played a large role in America’s safety and security after the 9/11 attacks.