Stopping aviation explosions through science, with the Chemistry Branch Manager at the Transportation Security Laboratory

Airport security screening is in large measure a function of detection of objects and materials. A recurring challenge comes from non-commercial explosives — dangerous substances cooked up by criminals for unknown reasons. Before developing technology to detect these substances, the Transportation Security Laboratory, part of the Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, must reproduce them in a safe way. That is one of the jobs that falls to the Applied Research Division (ARD). In the fourth and final interview of his series, on location at the lab near Atlantic City, Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke with the ARD’s Chemistry Branch Manager, Dr. John Brady.
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