High-Tech Tools Detect Weapons of Mass Destruction at L.A. Port Complex

On paper, it reads like a prop list for a high-budget futuristic action thriller: a $3 million high-tech screening ship, a radiation-detecting helicopter and a badge-carrying black Labrador retriever, who can sniff out chemical and biological weapons.

But this is no movie. At the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, these tactical tools represent the latest in artillery aimed to prevent weapons of mass destruction from infiltrating a critical infrastructure,