1st Edition

Homeland Security Handbook




ISBN 9780849379260
Published January 24, 2008 by CRC Press
480 Pages - 31 B/W Illustrations

USD $150.00

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Book Description

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

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