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Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security
Strategies, Operations, and Structures

ISBN 9780367201708
Published December 21, 2020 by Routledge
350 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new textbook outlines the main theories and concepts from a variety of disciplines that support homeland security operations, structures and strategies.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, "homeland security" (HLS) grew in importance within the U.S. government (and around the world) and matured from a concept discussed among a relatively small cadre of policymakers and strategic thinkers to a broadly discussed issue in Congress and society with a growing academic presence. Yet the ability to discern a theory of homeland security that would support overall security strategy has been more elusive to both scholars and policymakers. This textbook aims to elucidate a grand theory of homeland security by leveraging the theoretical underpinnings of the disciplines that comprise the strategies, operations and structures of the HLS enterprise. In this way, each chapter contributes to a grand theory of homeland security as it explores a different discipline that influences or supports a domain of the homeland security enterprise. These chapters cover intelligence systems, terrorism origins and ideologies, emergency management, environmental and human security, cybersecurity policy, crime and security, global governance, risk management, public health, law and policy, technology, interagency collaboration and the sociology of security.

This book will be essential reading for students of Homeland Security and Emergency Response, and recommended reading for students of terrorism, intelligence, cybersecurity, risk management and national security.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Security Theory

James Ramsay, Keith Cozine, and John Comiskey

2. Risk Assessment and the Homeland Security Enterprise

Brian Harte

3. The Sociology of Security

Terrence O’Sullivan

4. Crime and Security

Chelsea A. Binns

5. Terrorism: Origins, Ideologies, and Goals

Kyle W. McDonnell and Keith Cozine

6. Interagency Collaboration

John Comiskey

7. Emergency Management - Theories of Preparedness, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery

Irmak Renda-Tanali

8. Global Governance and the Relationships Between Nations

Keith Cozine

9. Intelligence and the Theory of Preventive Action

Erik J. Dahl

10. Human and Environmental Security Theory

James D. Ramsay

11. Public Health Security

Terrence M. O’Sullivan and James D. Ramsay

12. Homeland Security Law and Policy Theory

Michael McDaniel

13. Cybersecurity Policy and Theory

Maeve Dion

14. Theoretical Underpinnings of Homeland Security Technology

Michael D. Larrañaga and Patrick K. Smith

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James D. Ramsay is a professor of Security Studies and coordinator of the Homeland Security Program at the University of New Hampshire, the United States. He is also founding chair of the Department of Security Studies.

Keith Cozine is an associate professor and director of the doctoral program in Homeland Security at St. John’s University, the United States. He has a decade and a half of law enforcement and intelligence experience including nearly ten years with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

John Comiskey is an associate professor of Homeland Security at Monmouth University, the United States. He is a retired New York City Police Department Lieutenant and U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer.


'In the two decades since 9/11 the United States has been forced to deal in a new area of public policy –Homeland Security -- that lies between two heretofore well understood area – National Security and Law Enforcement. National Security dealt with threats from abroad while Law Enforcement, or more broadly public safety, dealt with internal threats. Both were underpinned with ample theory. In the rush to "do something about" Homeland Security there has been precious little intellectual capital spent on developing the needed theoretical underpinnings. In Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security: Strategies, Operations and Structures, Ramsay, Cozine, and Comiskey have done this labor for us, in a readable and well thought out explication of the theory that should support such a broad integrated effort at all levels of government, including the private sector, including academia.'-- Barry Zulauf, Professor of Applied Intelligence at Georgetown University, and President of IAFIE

'Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security: Strategies, Operations and Structures stands as one of the most significant contributions to the scholarship of homeland security studies. In developing the first-ever homeland security textbook specifically dedicated to theory; Ramsay, Cozine, and Comiskey have set a solid foundation upon which future scholars of this emerging discipline can build. In every regard, this textbook skillfully sets out and explains the related theories that have contributed to the emergence and evolution of the homeland security enterprise — ultimately forming the basis for an integrated theory of homeland security. This book is a must for inclusion in any homeland security or related academic program and also serves as a valuable tool for practitioners in the field.'-- Kelly W. Sundberg, Mount Royal University, Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Former Senior Policy Officer with the Ministry of Public Safety Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada Investigator, and Canada Border Services Agency Inland Enforcement Officer

'Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security: Strategies, Operations and Structures is an extremely useful book and an essential contribution to the debates about the concept of Homeland Security; a concept that is more than the sum of its parts - national security and internal security. The individual contributions offer up invaluable insights into the various aspects of Homeland Security and, taken together, provide an understanding of the concept that is both broad and deep. This book will be an indispensable resource for academics, students, and policymakers alike.'--David Strachan-Morris, Lecturer in Intelligence and Security, University of Leicester, UK

'Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security: Strategies, Operations and Structures takes on the mammoth challenge of developing a grand theory of homeland security. In a single volume, the book presents basic theoretical frameworks from more than a dozen disciplines that contribute to an understanding of contemporary and future homeland security problems. The text will offer unique value to college courses that seek to integrate practical and conceptual approaches to homeland security.'--Chris Bellavita, Director of Programs for the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security

'Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security: Strategies, Operations and Structures is a recognition that acceptable levels of security can vary over time and across nations, depending upon a variety of factors. I saw this first-hand just within my three years as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. "Security" as we know it is in reality a continuing effort to strike the right balance between the public’s basic physical security on the one hand and the preservation of the public’s basic freedom and privacy on the other. Those in public safety are the guardians of one as much as the other.'-- Jeh Charles Johnson, Partner Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and former Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security

'We live in at a historic juncture as old notions of threat and security ring hollow and new paradigms must be currently found. Ramsay, Cozine and Comiskey’s ambitious book aims to do just that. By drawing on the established understanding in different areas of scholarship the authors masterfully redefine the field of homeland security for in the twenty first century. This is much more than a theoretical primer for students and neophytes. This volume will prove invaluable even to seasoned scholars and practitioners in the field.'--Allon J. Uhlmann and Stephen McCombie, Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University, Australia