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To Protect and Defend

US Homeland Security Policy, 1st Edition

By Tom Lansford, Robert J. Pauly Jr


196 pages

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In response to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the United States embarked on a dramatic and sustained effort to reform and revitalize its homeland security policies and structures. This book offers an examination of the evolution of policy and the concurrent restructuring of existing agencies, as well as the creation of new bodies designed to counter the threat of transnational terrorism. Detailing the historical roots of US homeland security policy and its evolution in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, this book provides a unique overview of the emerging and existing agencies and bureaux at the national, state and local levels which are tasked with homeland security. Furthermore, by integrating the existing paradigms of contemporary security policy with the changing nature of threat and response, it provides an invaluable overview of existing and likely future security threats to the US homeland.


'A timely book providing valuable insights into one of the most important but often misunderstood areas of our National Defence structure. As we struggle with the Global War on Terrorism and recover from Katrina, we must learn from our mistakes and this work is a start in that direction.' Major General Buford C. Blount (U.S. Army, Retired.), Distinguished Guest Lecturer, University of Southern Mississippi, USA 'Provides a robust and comprehensive look at the emerging debates over the nexus between national security and homeland security. By identifying the gaps between theory and practice, and attempting to bridge those gaps with insightful analysis, the authors provide a much needed common ground for thinking broadly about security for scholars, policy-makers, military officers, and first responders.' Dr Douglas A. Borer, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California USA

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: 9/11 and homeland security policy in the United States; Security studies and US policy; Evolution of homeland security; National security and homeland security; Structure of homeland security; Homeland security policies and processes; Homeland security in a comparative perspective; Conclusion: present and future threats; Bibliography; Index.

About the Authors

Tom Lansford is Assistant Dean for the College of Arts and Letters, and Associate Professor of Political Science, at the University of Southern Mississippi in Long Beach, Mississippi, USA. Robert J. Pauly, Jr., is Associate Director of the International Development Program, and Assistant Professor of Political Science, at the University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Coast, USA. Jack Covarrubias is affiliated with Old Dominion University, USA.

About the Series

Homeland Security

Homeland Security
This series seeks to provide a body of case studies to explore the growing importance and prominence of homeland security to national defence policy and to examine the development of homeland security within the broader context of national defence policy in the United States and other major developed states. This series will identify and analyze the major threats that are particular to homeland security, as well as those that affect broader national security interests. Comparative studies will be used to elucidate the major similarities and differences in how states approach homeland security and works which advocate new or non-traditional approaches to homeland security. The series aims to integrate information from scholars and practitioners to provide works which will influence the policy debate and examine the ramifications of policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General