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The Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning (RAHS)

The Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning (RAHS) program is a nationwide information-collection and analysis initiative implemented in Singapore for “scenario planning” and “anticipating strategic issues with significant possible impact on Singapore.” The project began in 2004, developed in consultation with John Poindexter, former National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Senior Program Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Poindexter had designed a system planned for implementation in the United States after 9/11; The Total Information Awareness System, but it was never approved. RAHS provides the government with the information they need to “predict, model, and monitor” national security threats: terrorism, disease outbreaks, political and economic crises, and natural disasters.