Counterterrorism database sought

A nonprofit institute formed after the 1985 Oklahoma City bombing wants to develop a central Web-based repository of counterterrorism best practices and lessons learned.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism has issued a request for proposals for the development of such a database that would include reports about terrorist events and federal, state and local training exercises designed to deter terrorism or mitigate its results. The resource will only contain unclassified information for authorized users.

According to the proposal request, (www.mipt.org/rfp) which was issued Jan. 25, the process would involve collecting and collating information, processing and analyzing the data, and disseminating it to officials with counterterrorism responsibilities.

"We keep hearing it as a need," said James Gass, plans and special projects officer for the institute, referring to the development of a single repository. He said a central home for such information could be used by federal, state and local governments.

Gass said MIPT leaders envisioned that this would be a multiyear project. They intend to award a contract this year, worth up to $2.5 million in the first year. The institute, which is funded through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Justice, was established as a way to deter terrorism in the United States following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

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