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Vulnerability Assessment and Reduction of Economic Impact for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry: A Food Defense Assessment for Border Communities in the Southwest United States

Principal Investigator: 
William Nganje
The goal of this project is to use a customized food defense assessment survey to identify food vulnerability gaps (along the US-Mexico fresh produce supply chain) and collect relevant data on existing and potential practices on how such gaps can be bridged. Objectives 1 and 2 focus on risk...

Cross Cultural Differences in Attitudes Toward Food Safety and Food Defense

Principal Investigator: 
Thomas Stinson
An increasing percentage of the food Americans consume is harvested and processed outside its borders. The impossibility of inspecting all food imports for all potential contaminants makes the imported food supply a soft and attractive target for a terrorist attack. The economic losses due to the...

Continuous Tracking and Analyzing Consumer Confidence in the U.S. Food Supply Chain

Principal Investigator: 
Jean Kinsey; Dennis Degeneffe
This project involves a continuous survey of consumer attitudes, beliefs, preferences and buying intentions tracked along with media announcements about food safety and terrorist events. The resulting database and econometric models will provide a basis for understanding linkages between food...

The Economic Impact of a Catastrophic Terrorist Food System Attack

Principal Investigator: 
Thomas Stinson
The goal of this project is to use a customized food defense assessment survey to identify food vulnerability gaps (along the US-Mexico fresh produce supply chain) and collect relevant data on existing and potential practices on how such gaps can be bridged. Objectives 1 and 2 focus on risk...

Supply Chain Productivity and Resiliency—Logistics and Transportation

Principal Investigator: 
Alan Erera
This project examines the impact of new freight transportation security measures on productivity and resiliency in the food supply chain. Its objectives include: (1) identifying a set of best practices (primarily through a transportation industry survey, but also through selected analytical studies...
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Supply Chain Security Best Practices—Suppliers and Manufacturers

Principal Investigator: 
David Closs
Based on a sample of over 200 food manufacturers, a survey was used to determine supply chain defense practices, supply chain defense performance, and moderating factors. Using the supply chain competency framework (Closs et al., 2006, Bowersox et al), 2000), reported competencies and performance...

Models of Interdependent Security in Food Supply Chains

Principal Investigator: 
Vicki Bier
This research focused on protection from terrorism using risk analysis and game theory. In particular, game-theoretic models were developed to evaluate how investments in security by some partners in the supply chain can affect the risks and returns faced by others. Stochastic optimization models...
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