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Commissioned by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), this study examines near-term options for reducing the terrorist threat to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The key to implementing a successful strategy of deterrence is to understand and reduce LAX’s vulnerabilities. The authors analyze a wide range of possible terrorist actions and assess LAX’s level of vulnerability. They then examine possible alternative courses of action LAX can take to reduce these vulnerabilities.

The research described in this report was conducted by RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment (ISE) for Los Angeles World Airports.

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