National Security Issues in Science, Law, and Technology: Confronting Weapons of Terrorism

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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.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574449082
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/20/2007
  • Series: Forensic Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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

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