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Terrorism and Homeland Security

Thinking Strategically About Policy, 1st Edition

Edited by Paul Viotti, Michael Opheim, Nicholas Bowen

CRC Press

352 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Despite the fact that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been active since November of 2002, the American homeland is still not secure from terrorist attack. What passes as DHS strategy is often just a list of objectives with vague references to the garnering of national resources, and the marshalling of support from other nations.

Drawing on the expertise of several of the nation’s leading reseachers and policy experts, Terrorism and Homeland Security: Thinking Strategically About Policy provides policymakers with a much needed starting point for the creation of an effective coherent national security strategy. Its origins pre-dating 9-11, this volume grew out of an extensive project featuring the participation of various institutions including the Army War College.

The primary goal: develop a strategy that optimizes security with minimal infringement on rights and liberties

After addressing points salient to a central strategy, the book then identifies the domestic and external elements that need to be addressed in building such a strategy. To this end, it examines the nature of terrorist threats, looks at challenges specific to various weapons of mass destruction, and then goes beyond terrorism to discuss safeguarding society and its infrastructure from natural disasters.

In concluding, the editors present a number of preliminary suggestions. It is hoped that policymakers and others may take these suggestions into account when developing a comprehensive national security strategy.

Table of Contents

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ACRONYMS

FOREWORD

THE NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGE: DEVELOPING STRATEGY FOR TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY.

Toward a Comprehensive Strategy for Terrorism and Homeland Security

The Search for National and Homeland Security: An Integrated Grand Strategy

Assured Vulnerability: Homeland Security and the Cold War Legacy of Defenseless

Terrorism and Deterrence by Denial

Multinational and Transnational Cooperation in Strategy to Secure the Homeland

TERRORISM, HOMELAND SECURITY AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (WMD)

WMD Terrorism: New Threats, Revised Responses

Nuclear and Radioactive Threats to Homeland Security: Prevention and Response

STRATEGY AND THE SAFEGUARDING OF SOCIETY AND ITS INFRASTRUCTURE FROM TERRORISM AND OTHER THREATS

Comparative Risk Analysis: Biological Terrorism, Pandemics and Other “Forgotten” Catastrophic Disaster Threats

Homeland Security Strategy and Policy Choices: A Local Government Perspective

Democracy, Civil Society and the Damage-Limitation Component of Strategy

Transportation as a Component of Homeland Security Strategy

Redefining U.S. Energy Security in the 21st Century

CONCLUSION

Securing the Homeland

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SUGGESTED READINGS

APPENDIX: U.S. National Strategy for Homeland Security (Executive Summary)

GLOSSARY

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
POL037000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology