Terrorism and Homeland Security: An Introduction with Applications / Edition 1

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Terrorism and Homeland Security: An Introduction with Applications provides a comprehensive overview of terrorism, public and private sector counterterrorism, and "all hazards" emergency management. The book presents national, state, and local perspectives and up-to-date information, including the reorganization of the Department of Homeland Security, the renewed Patriot Act, and intelligence reform. A wide range of issues are discussed, including such topics as the effectiveness of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, the measurement of terrorism, victims of terrorism, privatization of counterterrorism, the "code war," the merging of life safety and public safety, the Katrina disaster, the role of the military, preemptive force, Homeland Security and national security versus due process models, pandemics, and wars of globalization. It emphasizes practical issues handled by senior government officials, private sector executives, security practitioners, and a variety of first responders.

Terrorism and Homeland Security provides theory from several disciplines, offering explanations of problems and countermeasures to assist both practitioners searching for answers, as well as students seeking to put theory into practice. Applications at the end of chapters use assessment center and red team techniques to help the reader develop analytical and decision-making skills in the context of understanding the mindset and planning processes of terrorists. An essential resource for both students and professionals, Terrorism and Homeland Security addresses sensitive issues, asks controversial questions, and offers solutions to differentiate law, policy, and plans from reality.

• Learning objectives and key terms outline chapter content and highlight important topics.
• Scenarios are placed at the beginning of each chapter to explain concepts and relate theory to practice.
• "Reality Check" sections and critical thinking boxes help the reader to formulate alternative perspectives on issues and events in order to seek creative and improved solutions to problems.
• Discussion questions at the end of each chapter reinforce content and provide an opportunity for the reader to review, synthesize, and debate the key issues.
• Web links at the end of each chapter provide direction for additional resources, information, and research.

Rather than depend heavily on lengthy federal government reports, Phil Purpura's work will provide a broad picture of the problem of terrorism from multiple perspectives and explain countermeasures from several sectors of society, including action outside of Washington, DC, on the state and local levels. Topics covered include the impact of terrorism, action by the public and private sectors, the roles of security and law enforcement practitioners, security methods in effect, emergency management strategies, and a host of developing issues. As is the case with Mr. Purpura's previously published works, the text will be designed to serve in the classroom and help to fill the need for the dozens of new courses being offered by schools and training facilities nation wide, but will appeal to security professional as well. There is a companion Web site provided for supplemental information as world events develop and Homeland Security changes. Purpura has been a security educator for more than 25 years and has published, several books on the topic including the bestselling SECURITY AND LOSS PREVENTION.

- Emphasizes practical issues handled by private security professionals, private guard forces, and local law enforcement associated with homeland defense
- Employs interactive problem solving and decision-making exercises to bridge the gap between theory and practice
- Lucid, easy-to-follow writing style is appealing, while case scenarios, chapter objectives and summaries help knowledge retentio

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The book explains practical issues, handled by senior government officials, first responders and private security practitioners. Theory from more than 20 disciplines provides a foundation for the book, including criminal justice, international relations, government, psychology, sociology, military science, business, structural engineering and public health.-Morning News, Florence, SC, January 21, 2007
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750678438
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/21/2006
  • Series: The Butterworth-Heinemann Homeland Security Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 670,857
  • Product dimensions: 1.13 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip P. Purpura has been a criminal justice educator for more than 20 years. He has directed criminal justice, security, and paralegal programs, and has practical experience as a security consultant, expert witness, security manager, corporate investigator, and police officer. Mr. Purpura is the author of several other textbooks and numerous articles published in newsletters, magazines, and journals.

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Table of Contents

Ch 1 The Problem of Terrorism
Ch 2 Terrorist Methods and Weapons

Ch 3 Government Action
Ch 4 Homeland Security
Ch 5 Legal Issues
Ch 6 Private Sector Action

Ch 7 Risk Management and Emergency Management
Ch 8 Life Safety and Public Safety
Ch 9 Security
Ch 10 Protecting Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets
Ch 11 Border and Transportation Security

Ch 12 Anticipating the Future: Terrorism, Technology, Research, and Education

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