Keywords: dams, waterside attacks, physical barriers, directed energy systems, bubble curtains, waterside dam protection, critical infrastructures, dam security, attack deterrence, attack detection, radar surveillance, video surveillance
Existing technologies for deterring and defeating waterside attack of dams
Protecting dams from waterside attack is a necessary provision in the current security landscape. Nevertheless, dams remain largely unprotected. Breach of a dam would result in loss of life, property loss, and disruption of water supply and electricity sources. Waterside dam security requires technologies for detecting, deterring, and defeating attacks. Herein, the results of research to evaluate existing technologies to deter and defeat water–side attacks and mitigate the effects of attacks are presented. These technologies include physical barriers, bubble curtains, and directed energy systems. These technologies can be integrated with detection technologies such as radar and video surveillance to provide comprehensive security systems. The information presented herein is part of an ongoing study with the ultimate goal of developing and implementing effective waterside security systems that protect dams while conforming to the local social and legal environment.