Mitigating hostility when the terrorist threat increases
I came across this news announcement. It’s an occupational hazard for journos. But this one caught my eye. It was about a new product – or more specifically, a ‘hostile vehicle mitigation product’.
I immediately thought of the press release I got from Europol on Thursday, where the latest statistics:
…show how the total number of terrorist attacks and related arrests in the EU significantly increased in 2012, in contrast to previous years. This and other findings in the report describe a threat from terrorism that remains strong and varied in Europe.
This new hostile vehicle mitigation product is probably related, I conjectured – some new unmanned remote-controlled robot able to locate under-chassis bombs, remove and defuse them; or perhaps the latest drone able to locate, track and take out suspicious vehicles with a single targeted strike.
No. It’s a bollard. A hostile vehicle mitigation product is a strategically placed bollard.
Clearly I need to upgrade my automatic overhype detection, filtration, isolation and elimination system – the delete button.