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National Security Issues in Science, Law, and Technology

1st Edition

Edited by Thomas A. Johnson

CRC Press

680 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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The tragedy of 9/11 placed homeland security and the prevention of further attacks into the central focus of our national consciousness. With so many avenues of terror open to our enemies in terms of mode, medium, and location, effective management and mitigation of threat must be grounded in objective risk assessment. The structure of national security decisions should be premised on decision theory and science with minimal political posturing or emotional reactivisim.

National Security Issues in Science, Law, and Technology demonstrates a mature look at a frightening subject and presents sound, unbiased tools with which to approach any situation that may threaten human lives. By applying the best of scientific decision-making practices this book introduces the concept of risk management and its application in the structure of national security decisions. It examines the acquisition and utilization of all-source intelligence, including the ability to analyze data and forecast patterns, to enable policymakers to make better informed decisions. The text addresses reaction and prevention strategies applicable to chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; agricultural terrorism; cyberterrorism; and other potential threats to our critical infrastructure. It discusses legal issues that inevitably arise when integrating new legislation with the threads of our Constitution and illustrates the dispassionate analysis of our intelligence, law enforcement, and military operations and actions. Finally, the book considers the redirection of our national research and laboratory system to investigate the very problems terrorists can induce through the use of weapons we have as yet to confront.

Taking the guesswork out of hard choices, National Security Issues in Science, Law, and Technology provides anyone burdened with the mantle of responsibility for the protection of the American people with the tools to make sound, well-informed decisions.


Each of these chapters are written by an expert in the field, and together they provide for a theoretical framework that our Government needs to understand if it is to be successful.


To properly weave together the topics of science, technology, and law under the rubric of national security is a tall order. In this text, editor Thomas A. Johnson has done so perfectly . . . highly readable text.

– Col. Kuljeet Singh, CPP, The Wright Group, Inc., in Security Management, March 2008

Table of Contents

Section I – Terrorism: Threats, Vulnerabilities and Weapons

An Introduction to the Intelligence Process for Addressing National Security Threats and Vulnerabilities, Dr. T.A. Johnson

Medical Response to Chemical and Biological Terrorism, Dr. M. Allswede

Agroterrorism, S. Kenyon

Illicit Trafficking in Nuclear and Radiological Materials, D. York

Nuclear Capabilities of North Korea: Issues in Intelligence, Collection, Analysis and National Security Policy, Dr. T.A. Johnson

Section II – Cyber Terrorism and Cyber Security

A Framework for Deception, Dr. F. Cohen

Critical Infrastructure Protection, Dr. F. Cohen

Information Warfare, Netwar and Cyber Intelligence, Dr. F. Cohen                 

Section III – National Security Strategy:  Implications for

Science, Law and Technology

Geographic Information Systems as a Strategic Tool for Better Planning, Response, and Recovery, L.A. Savitz, R. Proffitt Lavin, and E. Root

An Introduction to the Concept and Management of Risk, J. Matschulat

The Structure of National Security Decisions, J. Matschulat

National Security Executive Orders and Legal Issues, R. Shannon

Courts Martial, Military Tribunals and the Federal Courts, R. Shannon

National Nuclear Security Administration Laboratories: Emerging Role in Homeland Security, Dr. R.A. Neiser


An All-Hazards National Response Plan, Dr. T.A. Johnson


Appendix A -         National Security Strategy Executive Summary

Appendix B -         Homeland Security Presidential Directives 1-14

Subject Categories

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