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Title: Developing a consequence management assessment framework

Authors: Kenneth McDonald; Robert Prins

Addresses: Department of Systems Engineering, United States Military Academy, 10996 West Point, New York, USA ' Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Center, United States Military Academy, 10996 West Point, New York, USA

Abstract: This research developed an assessment process framework and tool to assess national consequence management capacity. The research applied a value focused thinking and the Systems Design Process (SDP) to create a framework that effectively analyses a nation's capacity to handle extreme crisis situations to include Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) events. The research conducted extensive stakeholder analysis to identify critical metrics in identifying a nation's capacity and capabilities. Weighting and scoring of the value metrics was applied to develop scoring assessments. The results provided a usable assessment model that tracks capacity progress over time. The model provides a value contribution to the development of an effective assessment tool and achieves the goal of providing a practical tool for assessment. This research takes assessing a very difficult and complex system and makes it relatively easy and simple, while providing solid evidence of capacity improvement or deterioration over time.

Keywords: environmental disasters; consequence management; value focused thinking; environmental health; prophylaxis response; CBRNE; chemical; biological; radiological; nuclear and explosive events.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNSS.2019.100128

International Journal of Nuclear Safety and Security, 2019 Vol.1 No.1, pp.53 - 63

Received: 20 Jul 2018
Accepted: 07 Aug 2018

Published online: 31 May 2019 *

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