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Homeland Security Handbook

1st Edition

Edited by Jack Pinkowski

CRC Press

480 pages | 31 B/W Illus.

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Blinded by emotional rhetoric, political posturing, and genuine fear, previous efforts to defend our way of life against aggressors intent on inflicting personal and economic destruction have proven, in hindsight, to be misguided, panicked, and reactionary. Evaluation and assessment to date is largely focused on reviewing government documents, doing little to alleviate the distorted perspectives from which we vainly attempt to invoke workable policy.

In contrast to much of the current literature, Homeland Security Handbook takes a sober, analytical look at the policies, results, and lessons learned in what is still a nascent field. This comprehensive reference considers the myriad factors, implications, and ramifications involved with the practical and effective protection of our safety.

Dividing contributions into five sections, this book—

  • Provides an overview and historical perspective of the worldwide threat of terrorism and debates the necessity and danger of highly-centralized government response
  • Explores specific threats to homeland security including the exploitation of our own vulnerabilities. It explores the insidious effect of psycho-terrorism and challenges the economic and military wisdom of launching armies against a nation-less and nebulous threat
  • Offers practical, reasoned advice from practitioners and academic experts on planning, preparedness, prevention, and recovery
  • Reviews supporting case studies from local and foreign governmental response to security and border control
  • Quantifies the cost of homeland security in terms of funding, as well as the hardships incurred by rash and biased actions
  • Conscious of the multi-faceted nature of the problem, the editor combines theory and practice to address concerns in border and transportation security, emergency preparedness and response, and infrastructure protection.

    Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION AND THEORETICAL CONSTRUCTS

    The New Normal, J. Pinkowski

    Lessons Learned: A Comparison of the Uniform Militia Act of 1792 and the Homeland Security Act of 2002, T.E. Poulin

    Homeland Security: A ‘‘One-Stop Shop’’ Approach, T.A. Johnson and N.A. Wilkinson

    Securing Homeland Security: Immigrant Responses to State and Citizenship, K.N. Kalu

    Homeland Security Agencies in Selected Southern States: Case Studies in Politics, Organizations, and Policies, R.W. Smith

    Homeland Security: Emerging Discipline, Challenges, and Research, D. Jones

    TERRORISM, EXTREMISTS MOVEMENTS, AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

    Understanding New Global Multicellular Terrorism, T. Mentan and M. Bongyu

    The Abu Sayyaf Group and Maritime Terrorism, E.D. Johnson

    Promise and Perils of Politicized Islam in Africa, T. Mentan and M. Bongyu

    Environmental Terrorism: A Weapon of Mass Destruction for the Future, D.S. Miller, J.C. Yelin, and J.D. Rivera

    Pandemics and Biological/Chemical Terrorism Attacks: A New Role for Disaster Mental Health, T. Curtis

    Terrorism as Societal Conflict Resulting in Response, J.M. House

    PLANNING, PREVENTION, PREPAREDNESS, RECOVERY, AND ASSISTANCE

    Profiling, G.L. Starks

    Metropolitan Medical Response Systems: Coordinating the Healthcare Response to Terrorist Incidents, S.C. Somers and R.W. Perry

    eSAFE: The Knowledge Management System for Safe Festivals and Events, C. Hu and P. Racherla

    Collaborative Preparedness: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign, H. Getha-Taylor

    CASE STUDIES

    Homeland Security Preparedness and Planning in City Governments: A Survey of City Managers, C.G. Reddick

    Reorganizing for Homeland Security: The Case of Norway, P. Lægreid and S. Serigstad

    Behavioral Change and Border Crossing: The Effects of 9-11 on Cross-Border Traffic Five Years Later, C. Olmedo and D.L. Soden

    Continuity and Change in Disaster Response: Victim Management in the Case of the World Trade Center Collapse, S.D. Stehr

    FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS

    Homeland Security Administration and Finance: A Survey of Texas County Officials, C.G. Reddick and H.A. Frank

    Border Closures in the Southern United States: Measuring the Economic Impact of a Sustained Crisis, M. McElroy and D.L. Soden

    Index

    About the Series

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    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    BUS073000
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Commerce
    HOM021000
    HOUSE & HOME / Security
    SOC040000
    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief