Introduction to Homeland Security (Butterworth Heinemann Homeland Security)

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9780750677875: Introduction to Homeland Security (Butterworth Heinemann Homeland Security)

"Introduction to Homeland Security" provides educators, students, and practitioners with a comprehensive account of past and current homeland security reorganization and practices, policies and programs in relation to the government restructure. The structure of each chapter will remain consistent throughout the text and will be designed to accommodate useful pedagogical elements such as learning objectives for each chapter; definitions of the terms used in homeland security, a comprehensive contact list of Federal and State government homeland security offices and officials; case studies of past domestic terrorism events such as the World Trade Center, the Pentagon attack, the Oklahoma City bombing, the anthrax crisis and the Washington, DC sniper attacks; and an Instructor Guide complete with chapter summaries, exam questions and discussion topics. Color throughout will enhance these elements
In addition the book will provide an historic context for current homeland security activities. It will document past domestic terrorism events including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and focus principally on the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The book will recount government and private sector actions taken in the aftermath of 9/11 in the areas of legislation, government organization, communications, technology, and emergency management practices. Case studies and best practices will be included as well as a comprehensive glossary of homeland security terms and acronyms.

- Current organizational structure and responsibilities of the new Department of Homeland Security.
- Case Studies of past domestic terrorism events such as the World Trade Center, the Pentagon attack, the Oklahoma City bombing, the anthrax crisis and the Washington, DC sniper attacks.
- Comprehensive contact list of Federal and State government homeland security offices and officials.

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About the Author:

Jane A. Bullock has worked in emergency management for over 20 years most recently as the Chief of Staff to James Lee Witt the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this position Ms. Bullock served as principal advisor to the Director on all Agency programmatic and administrative activities, provided advice and recommendations to the Director on policies required to carry out the mission of the agency; managed the day-to-day operations of the Agency; directed, monitored, and evaluated Agency strategic and communication processes; and oversaw administration of the Agency's resources, including the disaster relief fund. Represented the Director and the Administration with Congress, State and municipal governments, foreign officials, constituent groups and the media. Served as a principal spokesperson for the Agency's programs both before, during and after disasters. Chief architect of FEMA's Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities, a nationwide effort by communities and businesses to implement prevention and risk reduction programs. Principal on a project to create National Disaster Response and Mitigation system for Argentina and in six Central American and Caribbean countries. Served as part of the Clinton Administration's communications team for the Y2K issue.

George Haddow currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Prior to joining George Washington University, Mr. Haddow worked for eight years in the Office of the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the White House Liaison and the deputy Chief of Staff. In these positions, Mr. Haddow was involved in the day-to-day management of FEMA responsible for the Director's communications; policy formulation in the areas of disaster response, public/private partnerships, public information, environmental protection and disaster mitigation including the design and implementation of FEMA's national disaster mitigation initiative entitled Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities. As the Agency liaison with the White House for Presidential appointments to headquarters and FEMA regional positions, Mr. Haddow worked directly with the FEMA Director and the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in the recruitment and the hiring of all Presidential appointments at FEMA. He also managed FEMA's disaster management and mitigation projects in Argentina, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ecuador and the Bahamas and coordinated FEMA activities with Korea and South Africa.

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Six authors, headed by Jane A. Bullock, have produced a worthy tome. Written particularly with a text book audience in mind, the book also could benefit managers wanting a solid overview to the topic. Particularly strong are chapters on hazards in which concise information on different types of biological and chemical attacks is presented. The organization and brief history of DHS is neatly covered. - Security Letter

Introduction to Homeland Security by George Haddow and Jane Bullock, offers a comprehensive account of past and current homeland security reorganization and practices, policies and programs in relation to the government restructure. The structure of each chapter is consistent throughout this text, from Butterworth-Heinemann, and designed to accommodate useful pedagogical elements such as learning objective for each chapter, definitions of the terms used in homeland security, a comprehensive contact list of federal and state government homeland security offices and officials, and more. -Law Enforcement Technology

The authors are knowledgeable in their fields, and they explore topics from an independent point of view. The public debate on the Patriot Act and civil liberties properly covers the various views. - Security Management

Introduction to Homeland Security has case histories of domestic terrorism events and the government's post-event actions. The book provides educators, students, and practitioners with an account of homeland-security practices, policies, and programs. - Evidence Technology

The newest release from Elsevier publishers, Introduction to Homeland Security by Bullock and Haddow, in the Butterworth-Heinemann series on homeland security is a welcome addition to many bookshelves.

The book accomplishes, in a reasonably complete way, a documentation of the structure and relationship of the various agencies and programs that are considered part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The descriptive narrative of statutory authority, related legislation, and executive orders and of the role of various agencies and organizations is the book's strength.

The authors have included a series of appendices (eleven) that zinclude items such as a list of acronyms (Appendix 1), a copy of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Appendix 3), a contact list for state emergency management offices (Appendix 4), a compilation of web sites for additional information (Appendix 8), and similar information that is valuable to have compiled in one location.

The book would also be of interest to anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of the way in which DHS has taken shape. The book has a valuable role to play in courses that address the topic of homeland security as it does offer a compilation of information that is scattered in reports, legislation, and websites. It is an excellent overview and introduction that would be valued at the practitioner and undergraduate level.

This book is something most academics and practitioners would find useful. The descriptive nature of the text will serve as historical documentation of the initial framework of homeland security as it began to evolve following 9/11, and for that reason, if for no other, I find the book a good reference source. - David M. Simpson, Ph.D., AICP, Director, Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development, University of Louisville in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The appendices alone constitute a vast store of really useful information. The book is absolutely littered with reference sections, notations directing the reader to relevant publications and websites and contributions from media reports or experts. The discussion of the terrorist attacks and honest commentary upon the Federal government preparedness is impressive for both its objectivity and the breadth of information it provides.Of particular note is the chapter on hazards. The notes regarding preventative actions are also of real interest. Again the chapter on communications was found to be a real goldmine of information and the case study on the impact of the media of the Washington sniper makes superb reading. The descriptions of the impact of fear on the communities affected by the sniper is worthy of real consideration by any security manager who may face having to respond to press enquiries during an incident.

For any security manager wishing to know more about critical incidents and who has a need for a single source to start their learning then I cannot recommend this book more highly. An absolute gem of a book.

Professional Security, UK , March 2005

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