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Homeland Security

An Introduction to Principles and Practice, Second Edition

By Charles P. Nemeth, Charles P. Nemeth

© 2013 – CRC Press

652 pages | 325 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Homeland security is a massive enterprise that gets larger by the moment. What was once mostly a TSA/aviation concern has evolved into a multidimensional operation covering a broad array of disciplines. These include critical infrastructure protection, border security, transportation security, intelligence and counterterrorism, emergency management, immigration and naturalization, and public health.

Homeland Security: An Introduction to Principles and Practice, Second Edition provides students and practitioners alike with the latest developments on the makeup, organization, and strategic mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This new edition is fully updated with new laws, regulations, and strategies that reflect changes and developments over the last several years. The book offers unique insights into the various roles of multi-jurisdictional agencies and stakeholders at all levels of government—including law enforcement, the military, the intelligence community, emergency managers, and the private sector.

Coverage includes:

  • The history of security threats in the American experience, the events leading up to 9/11, and the formation and evolution of the DHS
  • The legal basis and foundation for the DHS
  • The nature of risk and threat
  • Training and preparatory exercises for homeland security professionals
  • How states and localities can work compatibly with federal policy makers
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in both the pre- and post-9/11 and post-Katrina world
  • The agencies and entities entrusted with intelligence analysis
  • Issues surrounding border security, immigration, and U.S. citizenship
  • Homeland security practice in the airline, maritime, and mass transit industries—including national, regional, and local rail systems
  • The interplay between public health and homeland security

Each chapter contains extensive pedagogy, including learning objectives, informative sidebars, chapter summaries, end-of-chapter questions, web links, and references to aid in comprehension and retention. Homeland Security: An Introduction to Principles and Practice, Second Edition is the only book to provide an objective, balanced perspective on each of the core components that comprise the DHS’s mission and the priorities and challenges that federal and state government agencies continue to face.


" … a well-organized, thought-provoking manual that is far superior to most references on the topic. Each chapter presents a distinct aspect of homeland security written in an easy-to-understand format. The work stays on topic and seamlessly flows through each area of discussion."

Security Management

Table of Contents

The Idea and Origin of Homeland Security

Threats to the Homeland: Twentieth-Century Military Movements

Threats to the Homeland: The Cold War Experience

Threats to the Homeland: Revolution, Riot, and Rightful Demonstration

Domestic Terrorism: Pre-9/11

International Terrorism: Pre-9/11

Terror, Threat, and Disaster Post-9/11: A New Paradigm of

Homeland Security

The Genesis of the DHS

The DHS: 2001–2003

Evolution and Change in the

Reorganization and Evolution of the DHS: 2003–2012

The Office of the Secretary of DHS

DHS Directorates

DHS Offices

Agencies Swept into DHS

Advisory Panels and Committees

Homeland Security Law, Regulations, and Budgeting

Homeland Security Law, Regulations, and Executive Orders

Executive Order 13228: The Origin of DHS

Executive Order 12231: Protection of Infrastructure

Executive Order 13493 of January 22, 2009

Executive Order 13567 of March 7, 2011

Homeland Security Act of 2002

USA Patriot Act

Specialized Laws

Budgeting, Finance, and Funding in Homeland Security

Budget Year: 2003

Budget Year: 2004

Budget Year: 2005

Budget Year: 2006

Budget Year: 2007

Budget Year: 2008

Budget Years: 2009–2010

Budget Years: 2011–2012

Risk Management, Threats, and Hazards

Risk Management

The Nature of Risk

Risk Assessment

CARVER + Shock Assessment Tool

Threats and Hazards

The Concept of Threat and Hazard

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Computer Security and Information Infrastructure

National Cyber Security Division

U.S.-CERT: Computer Emergency Response Team

The Private Sector and Homeland Security

Training and Exercises in Homeland Security

Office of G&T

Center for Domestic Preparedness

Emergency Management Institute

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program

Lessons Learned: Best Practices (LLIS.gov)

Community Emergency Response Teams

National Incident Management System

DHS Challenges: National versus State and Local, National

Security versus Homeland Security

Challenge of National Policy at the State and Local Levels

Structure at the State Level

Structure at the Local Level

Funding and Local Initiatives

Fine Line of National and Homeland Security

Department of Defense and Homeland Security

Intelligence Gathering and Sharing

Specialized Military/Defense Units Dedicated to Homeland Security

FEMA, Response, and Recovery

Historical Foundation for FEMA

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Pre-9/11

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Post-9/11

FEMA and Preparedness

Role of Mitigation in the Preparedness Model

FEMA Response and Recovery

National Response Framework



Terror, Threats, Disaster, and Intelligence Agencies

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Central Intelligence Agency

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Defense Intelligence Agency

Border Security, U.S. Citizenship, and Immigration Services


U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Protection

CBP and the Facilitation of Trade and Commerce

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Project Shield America Initiative

Fugitive Operations Program

Cornerstone Initiative

Cyber Crimes Center

U.S.-VISIT Program

Transportation Security

Transportation Security Administration

Federal Air Marshals

Federal Flight Deck Officers

Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed

TSA’s Canine Explosive Detection Unit

Risk Management Programs

TSA Technology and Innovation

Maritime Security

National Strategy for Maritime Security

Other Maritime Plans 423

DHS: Borders and Marine Division

Role of the Coast Guard in Maritime Security

Rail and Mass Transit

Representative Security Programs for Rail and Transit

Homeland Security and Public Health


Agriculture and Food

Strategic Partnership Program on Agroterrorism

Infectious Animals

Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism

Pandemic Threats

Planning and Response

The Future of Homeland Security

DHS: Growth without Reason

DHS: Curbing Expansionism in Mission

DHS: The Merits of Decentralization

DHS: The Rise of Technology

DHS: The Need for a New Way of Thinking—Jump Out of the Box

Appendix A: United States Department of Homeland Security: Homeland

Security Advisory Council Charter

Appendix B: Definitions

Appendix C: Biological Incident Annex August 2008 Biological Incident

Annex BIO-1

Appendix D: Suggested Protective Measures


About the Authors

Charles P. Nemeth is a recognized expert in homeland security and a leader in homeland security education. An educator for more than 30 years, Dr. Nemeth’s distinctive career is a blend of both theory and practice. He has authored more than 40 books on law, security, law enforcement, and homeland security and is currently Chair of the Department of Fire, Security, and Public Management at John Jay College in New York City. Dr. Nemeth is formerly the editor for the peer-reviewed journal Homeland Security Review and also currently serves as the Director of the newly established Center for Private Security and Safety at John Jay College in New York City. He is a much sought-after legal consultant for security companies and a recognized scholar on issues involving law, morality, and ethics.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security