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Introduction to Homeland Security

2nd Edition

By David H. McElreath, Daniel Adrian Doss, Robert Nations, Jeffrey Van Slyke, Michael Wigginton, Jr.

CRC Press

410 pages | 73 B/W Illus.

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Since the attacks of 9/11, billions of dollars and countless resources have been committed and expended in the attempt to make the nation more secure. Introduction to Homeland Security: Second Edition is written by a team of homeland security and justice professionals on the cutting edge of the field. The text is a comprehensive examination of current and future challenges and explores how the United States has chosen to confront these threats with both its military and civilian agencies.

Topics include:

  • A history of homeland security in the United States
  • The mission of the various agencies in the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense
  • The foundations of emergency management: mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Inter-agency planning and cooperation and private partnership
  • A survey of the most significant natural disasters and accidents, explored through case studies
  • International and domestic terrorism and threat groups
  • The impact of transportation and border security issues and the violence occurring in the Southwest
  • Globalization and the role of intelligence in homeland security
  • Future challenges in the field of homeland security

Each chapter begins with objectives and ends with a summary, key terms, and discussion questions. Ample references encourage further study and research. The book is a premier text for criminal justice, homeland security, national security, and intelligence programs in universities and an ideal reference for professionals as well as policy and research institutes.


"This textbook is a comprehensive account of the components of Homeland Security. The volume’s chapters discuss how Homeland Security is defined, the threats it is intended to counter and manage, the foundations of emergency management, how Homeland Security is organized in the United States, the function and operations of organizations involved in Homeland Security, disaster response and recovery, threats to the homeland presented by international terrorism, domestic terrorism, border and transportation security, the role of intelligence in Homeland Security, and the future of Homeland Security. Each chapter begins with objectives and concludes with a summary, definition of key terms, discussion questions, and reference resources."

—Book review by Dr. Joshua Sinai appearing in Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2014

"…a detailed examination of the many facets that comprise contemporary homeland security. It’s useful as an overview of today’s homeland security environment. For the student or young professional, there is ample material to learn the scores of organizations, stakeholders, and personalities. The authors do a commendable job informing the reader that security is not simply a function of armed personnel at fence lines and checkpoints. Disaster preparedness, mitigation, and recovery are critical capabilities that complement security planning."

—Anthony McGinty, CPP, in Security Management

Table of Contents

Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Vital National Interests and the Defense of the Homeland

Foundations of Emergency Management

Protection of the Homeland and the Establishment and Organization of the United States Department of Homeland Security

Homeland Security: Function and Operations

The Partnerships of Homeland Security

Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Strategies

Disaster Response and Recovery

Principle Natural Hazards and Accidents Facing the United States

International Terrorism and Threat Groups

Domestic Threats, Threat Groups, and Terrorism

Border and Transportation Security

The Role of Intelligence in Homeland Security

The Globalized World and Homeland Security

The Future of Homeland Security

Appendix A

Appendix B



About the Authors


Daniel Adrian Doss

Livingston, AL, United States of America

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David Hughes McElreath, PhD: Dr. McElreath’s background includes professor and former chair, Department of Legal Studies, University of Mississippi; professor and chair, Department of Criminal Justice, Washburn University; associate professor, Southeast Missouri State University and Colonel, United States Marine Corps. His has a PhD in adult education and criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also the author of numerous publications on the criminal justice system.

Daniel Adrian Doss, PhD: Dr. Doss’s background includes assistant professor, College of Business Administration, University of West Alabama; assistant professor, Belhaven College; adjunct assistant professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and chair of graduate business and management, University of Phoenix (Memphis). He has also coauthored a variety of peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings. His has a PhD in business administration from Northcentral University and is currently pursuing a second doctorate, in police science, at the University of South Africa.

Robert Nations, MA: Director Robert (Bob) Nations, Jr., is currently the director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness. Bob is in project management with the University of Mississippi in the Legal Studies Department and is a part-time faculty member at the University of Memphis in the Department of Criminal Justice. He currently serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Board at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. Bob is a recognized public speaker/writer at regional and national conferences.

Carl J. Jensen, PhD: Dr. Jensen is the director of the University of Mississippi’s Center for Intelligence and Security Studies. He also serves in an adjunct capacity as a senior behavioral scientist with the RAND Corporation. Dr. Jensen served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 22 years. His FBI career included service as a field agent, a forensic examiner in the FBI Laboratory, and an instructor and assistant chief of the Behavioral Science Unit. He has published extensively and lectured throughout the world. Dr. Jensen received his PhD from the University of Maryland.

Michael Wigginton, PhD: Mike Wigginton’s background includes assistant professor of criminal justice and director of the University of Mississippi Master of Criminal Justice Executive Cohort Program, Department of Legal Studies, University of Mississippi; assistant professor, Southeast Louisiana University; adjunct professor, Tulane University; senior special agent, United States Customs Service; and special agent, United States Drug Enforcement Administration. He has a PhD in criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also the author of numerous publications on the criminal justice system.

Jeffrey Van Slyke, PhD: Dr. Jeff Van Slyke is a retired chief of police with an inclusive background of emergency management/crisis response, threat assessment, law enforcement services, and special security details. Dr. Van Slyke has experientially managed and responded to such emergencies as tornados, bomb threats, Hurricane Katrina, nor’easter storms, plane crashes, suicides/homicides, chemical spills, and residence hall fires and mitigated two credible active-shooter scenarios. Dr. Van Slyke also assisted with facilitating 21 presidential visits. He has a PhD in higher education from the University of Texas.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief