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Understanding Homeland Security

Third Edition
  • Gus Martin - California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA
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August 2019 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Gus Martin’s Understanding Homeland Security provides students with a comprehensive introduction to U.S. homeland security in the modern world, with a focus on the post-September 11, 2001 era. This insightful resource examines the theories, agency missions, laws, and regulations governing the homeland security enterprise through the lens of threat scenarios and countermeasures related to terrorism, natural disasters, emergency management, cyber security, and much more. The Third Edition keeps readers on the forefront of homeland security with coverage of cutting-edge topics, such as the role of FEMA and preparedness planning; the role of civil liberty and countering extremism through reform; and hackings during the 2016 and 2018 U.S. elections. Readers will gain much-needed insight into the complex nature of issues surrounding today’s homeland security and learn to think critically to analyze and respond to various threat environments.

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Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction and Rationale
 
PART I • FOUNDATIONS OF HOMELAND SECURITY
 
CHAPTER 1 • History and Policy: Defining Homeland Security
The Past as Prologue: The Historical Context of Homeland Security

 
Defining an Era: What Is Homeland Security?

 
Domestic Security and Threats to the Homeland: Policy Options

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
CHAPTER 2 • Homeland Security and the All-Hazards Umbrella
The Terrorism Nexus: Conventional and Unconventional Threats

 
The All-Hazards Nexus: Nonterrorist Hazards and Threats

 
Natural Hazards

 
Technological Scenarios

 
Global Perspective: Disaster in Japan: Tsunami and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
CHAPTER 3 • The Legal Foundations of Homeland Security
Background: Legal Precedent and Homeland Security

 
Homeland Security: Domestic Statutory Authority in the United States

 
In Perspective: Homeland Security, Counterterrorism, and the Law

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
CHAPTER 4 • Civil Liberties and Securing the Homeland
Security and Liberty: The Historical Context

 
Achieving Security

 
Balancing Civil Liberties and Homeland Security

 
Global Perspective: Wrongful Prosecution in the United Kingdom

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
PART II • HOMELAND SECURITY AGENCIES AND MISSIONS
 
CHAPTER 5 • Agencies and Missions: Homeland Security at the Federal Level
The Scope of the Homeland Security Bureaucracy

 
The Department of Homeland Security

 
The Homeland Security Missions of Other Federal Agencies

 
The Role of the Military

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
CHAPTER 6 • Prediction and Prevention: The Role of Intelligence
The U.S. Intelligence Community: Mission

 
The Intelligence Cycle

 
Intelligence Oversight

 
Intelligence Agencies

 
The U.S. Intelligence Community: Challenges

 
Global Perspective: Actionable Intelligence: Israel and the Hunt for “The Engineer”

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
CHAPTER 7 • Agencies and Missions: Homeland Security at the State and Local Levels
State-Level Homeland Security Systems

 
Local Homeland Security Networking Initiatives

 
Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Agencies

 
Global Perspective: Paramilitary Deployment of Police Units by Western Democracies

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
PART III • THE TERRORIST THREAT AND HOMELAND SECURITY
 
CHAPTER 8 • Sea Change: The New Terrorism and Homeland Security
Defining Terrorism: An Ongoing Debate

 
Case in Point: The Political Violence Matrix

 
Historical Context: The “Old Terrorism” Prior to September 11, 2001

 
September 11, 2001, and the New Terrorism

 
Plausible Scenarios: The New Terrorism and New Modes of Warfare

 
Cases in Point: The Al-Qaeda Network and ISIS

 
Case in Point: Asymmetrical Warfare in Paris and Brussels

 
Policy Options

 
Global Perspective: Tactical Horror: Digital, Video, and Audio Terrorism

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
CHAPTER 9 • The Threat at Home: Terrorism in the United States
Extremism in America

 
Left-Wing Terrorism in the United States

 
Right-Wing Terrorism in the United States

 
Case in Point: Moralist Terrorism

 
The New Terrorism in the United States

 
Lone-Wolf Terrorism in the United States

 
Global Perspective: Lone-Wolf Terror in Norway

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
PART IV • PREPAREDNESS AND RESILIENCE
 
CHAPTER 10 • Porous Nodes: Specific Vulnerabilities
Aviation Security

 
Border Security

 
Border Control: Securing National Entry Points

 
Port Security

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
CHAPTER 11 • Always Vigilant: Hardening the Target
Cybersecurity

 
Hardening Cyberspace: Cyberwar and Information Security

 
Hardening Critical Infrastructure

 
Transportation Security

 
Global Perspective: International Law Enforcement Consortia

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
CHAPTER 12 • Critical Resources: Resilience and Planning
Understanding Resilience

 
The Role of Proper Planning

 
Prevention and Mitigation Planning

 
Chemical and Biological Hazard Planning

 
Radiological and Nuclear Hazard Planning

 
Global Perspective: The European Approach to Homeland Security

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
CHAPTER 13 • Critical Outcomes: Response and Recovery
National Response and Recovery: Fostering Administrative Coordination

 
Federal Response and Recovery Coordination

 
State and Local Response and Recovery Planning

 
Final Consideration: Despite Best Efforts, Is Terrorism Effective?

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Recommended Websites

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
PART V • HOMELAND SECURITY: AN EVOLVING CONCEPT
 
CHAPTER 14 • The Future of Homeland Security
Near-Term Projections

 
Threat Environments in the Twenty-First Century

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Box

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
On Your Own

 
Web Exercise

 
Recommended Readings

 
 
Appendix A. Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 2019. National Intelligence Strategy of the United States of America. Washington, DC: The White House.
 
Appendix B. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 2015. National Preparedness Goal, Second Edition. Washington, DC: Department of Homeland Security.
 
Glossary
 
Notes
 
Index
 
Homeland Security Timeline

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"This is a valuable resource for teaching undergraduate students the basics of homeland security. It is comprehensive and covers all important topics."

Ron Lendvay
University of North Florida

"A well-written text that provides a variety of real-world examples coupled with factual information."

Thomas Carey
Monmouth University
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New Chapter 6: Prediction and Prevention: The Role of Intelligence: Reflecting the importance of intelligence within Homeland Security, this new chapter examines the mission of the U.S. intelligence community and its presence as a member of the homeland security enterprise.
  • A streamlined organization: The content of several chapters has been reorganized to better reflect the changing homeland security environment.
  • New and expanded critical topics, including:
    • The role of FEMA and preparedness planning
    • The different types of bombs that can be used in terrorist attacks
    • The role of civil liberty and countering extremism through reform
  • Coverage of recent events, terrorist attacks, and cyber attacks, such as:
    • The pipe bomb clusters in Manhattan and New Jersey
    • The hackings during the 2016 and 2018 elections
    • The shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

KEY FEATURES:

  • Opening Viewpoints: At the beginning of each chapter, Opening Viewpoints present relevant examples of theories and themes discussed in each chapter and serve as “reality checks” for readers.
  • Chapter Perspectives: Chapters incorporate focused presentations of perspectives that explore people, events, organizations, and movements relevant to the subject matter of each chapter.
  • Global Perspectives: Selected chapters incorporate presentations of international perspectives that explore relevant people, events, organizations, and movements from across the globe.
  • Discussion Boxes: Discussion Boxes present provocative information and pose challenging questions to stimulate critical thinking and further debate.

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