Understanding Homeland Security: Policy, Perspectives, and Paradoxes First Edition Edition

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"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

About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403972435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403972439
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. McKay on June 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Understanding Homeland Security" is a comprehensive examination of the past, present, and future of homeland security. An essential element, often overlooked by the media, is developed in the opening chapter, The Nature of the Threat. The authors successfully present historical terrorist events, the causes of terrorism, and the types of terror activities that are used by a variety of terror organizations to meet their agendas. The comprehensive description of terrorism, combined with the development of a working definition of homeland security found in chapter 2, provide the reader with a valuable tool to use throughout the book.

The authors also engage the reader by presenting table top exercises and case studies at the beginning and end of each chapter. Both sections are extremely thought provoking and complement the wealth of information provided in each chapter. "Understanding Homeland Security" is well designed, very readable, and is an important read for anyone interested in homeland security.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas O'Connor on August 3, 2007
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This short, little paperback covers the basics, even though it uses a broadened or widened definition of terrorism (e.g., socially motivated, incites fear). Historical details are kept to a minimum. Organizational issues closely follow the governmental dictum about how homeland security ought to be organized. The tabletop exercises at the end of each chapter are good. Coverage of intelligence is weak. The authors try to incorporate policy issues at just about every turn. Their strong point is critical infrastructure, and their discussion of risk communication isn't so bad either, both topics introduced in the middle of the book. The final chapter on what the future might look like should have had more opinions or ideas expressed, but despite this, and given a rather antiseptic tone throughout, the book is mostly short, crisp, and to the point, which makes it a good, affordable, text for first-time students.
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By kaprii on March 27, 2014
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book came but it appeared book had some water damage and it clearly did not state that..Book looked like it was fetched from ocean and air dried I overpaid for this book
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By tennischamp on December 21, 2012
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excellent and well written book for those enrolled in homeland security programs. Great refererence and reserach book as well.worthwhile to buy
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