Understanding Homeland Security / Edition 1

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Understanding Homeland Security: Policy, Perspectives, and Paradoxes provides the first truly comprehensive analysis of the historical, social, psychological, technological, and political aspects that form the broad arena of homeland defense and security. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, the text provides a view of past events and how they formed the terrain for current events, allowing the audience to gain a detailed knowledge of government response and policy implications. With both the public and private sectors investing heavily in protection efforts, this text offers the essential starting point for the dynamic and emerging homeland defense arena.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"To illuminate Homeland Security is an ambitious undertaking in a world where the topic often generates more heat than light. Through integration of governmental, business and academic perspectives, the authors succeed in providing the reader with a vital framework for understanding. I know of no other single source that provides students and policy makers with such a thorough, yet eminently readable volume."
--Gregory Saathoff MD, Executive Director, Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG), University of Virginia School of Medicine

"Finally, a comprehensive and coherent textbook for the homeland security arena. The authors have undertaken a complex subject matter and distilled it into a presentable format that will have great utility from the classroom to the boardroom. The balancing and integration of subjects that impact public and private sector organizations as well as academia provide the instructor and student with a unique text that will also serve as a ready reference long after the class has concluded."
--Paul M. Maniscalco, MPA, Gilmore National Terrorism Commission, Chairman, Threat Reassessment Panel and State and Local Response Panel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403972422
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John B. Noftsinger, Jr., is Associate Vice President of Research and Public Service, James Madison University.
Kenneth F. Newbold, Jr., is Associate Director for The Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance, James Madison University.
Jack K. Wheeler is Graduate Fellow of The Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance, James Madison University.

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Table of Contents

• Reader's Guide
• Acronyms and Abbreviations
• The Nature of the Threat
• What is Homeland Security?
• Public Policy Issues
• Information/Intelligence Analysis
• Critical Infrastructure Protection and Information Security
• Risk Communication, Psychological Management, and Disaster Preparedness
• Transportation and Border Security Issues
• Future Implications: Imagination, Integration, and Improvisation

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

    Timely, Accurate and "a must-read"

    As an adjunct faculty member in the Emergency Management field who is also an active practitioner as well, I found this text to be an excellent, converstion provoking text that got my students thinking "what next?"<BR/>I have used this text on two occasions and I will continue to use this for several more classes next semester.<BR/>Mr. Noftsinger has a multi-facted grasp of the topic - he brings in policy, practitioners, politicos and just plain people.<BR/><BR/>I consider this text a "must read" for all students of emergency management.

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