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Homeland Security

An Introduction

Author Austen D. Givens, Nathan E. Busch, and Alan Bersin

Publication Date - November 2021

ISBN: 9780190861858

464 pages
Paperback
7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $79.95

Comprehensive, research based, balanced coverage of Homeland Security with real world insights and examples provided by leading scholars and practitioners in the field

Description

This textbook--written by experts in the field--delivers a comprehensive, systematic introduction to homeland security Throughout the course of the book, particular emphasis will be placed on three paradigm shifts in homeland security: the new role of so-called "big data" analytics for risk assessment in homeland security decision-making; emerging understandings of the "homeland security enterprise," a term used by practitioners to describe whole-of-government efforts to manage natural and man-made threats; and the growing recognition of how international affairs can influence and shape domestic security considerations.

Features

  • A comprehensive, systematic introduction to homeland security today, including its conceptual foundations, legal underpinnings, historical evolution, constituent federal agencies, emerging technologies, and linkages to businesses, non-profits, civic groups, and individual citizens.
  • An emphasis will be placed on three paradigm shifts in homeland security: the new role of so-called "big data" analytics for risk assessment in homeland security decision-making; emerging understandings of the "homeland security enterprise," a term used by practitioners to describe whole-of-government efforts to manage natural and man-made threats; and the growing recognition of how international affairs can influence and shape domestic security considerations.
  • Case studies of real world incidents in each chapter
  • Blog links that will allow students to participate in real-time discussions of the numerous timely topics being discussed.

About the Author(s)

Austen D. Givens is Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at Utica College.

Nathan E. Busch is Professor of Government and Co-Director of the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University.

Reviews

"I believe that one of the biggest draws will be the authors, their credentials, and experience in the field. This could be considered the essential book in this field."--James O'Sullivan, Pace University

"It includes current issues, like the recent OPM data breach and how cybersecurity has been a shifted focus for homeland security efforts. This text provides the unique perspectives of those in academia studying issues in homeland security, as well as the perspective of a seasoned career practitioner in this field in the public sector."--Ryan Schwoebel, University of Alabama, Birmingham

"The author's extensive, firsthand knowledge of the topics comes in loud and clear and in very basic terms that I know students will appreciate and understand."--Robert F. Alonzo, Texas A&M University, San Antonio

"Homeland Security: An Introduction, provides an important overview of numerous issues homeland security professionals face every day. The authors deserve great credit for striking the right balance between operational storytelling and policy, network, and organizational theories. For serious students who are prepared to immerse themselves in the field, this textbook will be a go-to source of information and inspiration."--Robert Griffin, founding dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, State University of New York at Albany

Table of Contents

    Foreword

    Introduction: Homeland Security Comes of Age

    Part I: Foundations of Homeland Security

    1. Understanding the Homeland Security Enterprise: Coordination and Partnerships
    2. Going Global: International Ties in Homeland Security
    3. Laws, Legal Processes, and Enforcement Mechanisms: Criminal Justice Dimensions of Homeland Security
    4. Toward a Smarter Defense: Big Data and Risk Assessments in Homeland Security
    5. Privacy, Liberty, and Security: Finding a Balance

    Part II: Functions of Homeland Security

    6. Advancing Economic and Societal Resilience: Critical Infrastructure Protection
    7. The Flying Edge: Aviation Security Evolves
    8. Defending a Virtual World: Cybersecurity and Homeland Security
    9. Lines and Flows: On National Sovereignty and Border Security
    10. Up From the Ashes: Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery

    Part III: Homeland Security Today, and Beyond

    11. Does Moore Mean More?: The Promises and Pitfalls of Homeland Security Technologies
    12. Like the Plague: Public Health in Homeland Security
    13. The Future of Homeland Security: Challenges and Opportunities
    14. Conclusion

    Bibliography

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