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A Measure of Domestic Security: Economic Benefits of NIST’s Support of Public Safety and Security



David P. Leech


There are many types of first-responder equipment; sophisticated system-of-systems technologies that pervade the contemporary public safety environment and engage NIST’s measurement scientists and technologists in some of their most challenging and beneficial work. NIST’s participation in Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), most often early, and behind the scenes, is the subject of this report. Six priority areas are explored where NISTs collaboration with industry, universities, international partners, trade associations, responders, standard development organizations and Federal, State and local agencies has led to important enhancements of public safety: • Blast Resistant Trash Receptacles; • Personal Protective Equipment; • Explosives Trace Detection; • X-Ray Standards for Bulk Explosives Detection; • Biothreat Agents (“White Powder”); and • Emergency Response Robots.
Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR) - 15-995
Report Number


Standards, economic analysis, Blast Resistant Trash Receptacles, Personal Protective Equipment, Explosives Trace Detection, X-Ray Standards for Bulk Explosives Detection, Biothreat Agents (“White Powder”), Emergency Response Robots


Leech, D. (2015), A Measure of Domestic Security: Economic Benefits of NIST’s Support of Public Safety and Security, Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created June 1, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018