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Understanding Homeland Security

Understanding Homeland Security

Fourth Edition
  • Gus Martin - California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA

December 2023 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Gus Martin's Understanding Homeland Security, 4th Edition offers much-needed insight into the complex nature of issues surrounding modern homeland security. This comprehensive textbook 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. Martin's pedagogical approach is designed to stimulate critical thinking in readers, allowing them to not only comprehend the fundamentals, but to analyze and respond to various threat environments. The Fourth Edition introduces readers to homeland security in the modern era, focusing particularly on the post - September 11, 2001 world. Exploring cutting-edge topics, this book keeps readers on the forefront of homeland security.

Part I • Foundations of Homeland Security
Chapter 1 • History and Policy: Defining Homeland Security
Chapter 2 • Homeland Security and the All-Hazards Umbrella
Chapter 3 • The Legal Foundations of Homeland Security
Chapter 4 • Civil Liberties and Securing the Homeland
Part II • Homeland Security Agencies and Missions
Chapter 5 • Agencies and Missions: Homeland Security at the Federal Level
Chapter 6 • Prediction and Prevention: The Role of Intelligence
Chapter 7 • Agencies and Missions: Homeland Security at the State and Local Levels
Part III • The Terrorist Threat and Homeland Security
Chapter 8 • Sea Change: The New Terrorism and Homeland Security
Chapter 9 • The Threat at Home: Terrorism in the United States
Part IV • Preparedness and Resilience
Chapter 10 • Porous Nodes: Specific Vulnerabilities
Chapter 11 • Always Vigilant: Hardening the Target
Chapter 12 • Critical Resources: Resilience and Planning
Chapter 13 • Critical Outcomes: Response and Recovery
Part V • Homeland Security: An Evolving Concept
Chapter 14 • The Future of Homeland Security

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Mrs Beverley Griffiths
Education, Buckinghamshire College Group
July 2, 2024
Key features


  • 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


  • 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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