Readers need to be aware more than ever before of the increased number of threats this country faces. Introduction to Homeland Security: Understanding Terrorism with an Emergency Management Perspective provides important and up-to-date information about terrorism, terrorist behavior, homeland security policies and dilemmas, and how to deal effectively with threats and the consequences of attacks. This book provides a foundation that spans the readily apparent chasm between the disaster and homeland security communities. Its focus on terrorism may help to educate those who do not yet understand the need to prepare for this significant threat. Its concentration on emergency management will remind homeland security officials that reinventing of the wheel is not only unnecessary, but problematic. Introduction to Homeland Security will be useful to scholars, students, and practitioners interested or involved in homeland security and emergency management.
Dr. David McEntire is an Associate Professor in the Emergency Administration and Planning Program in the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas. He teaches emergency management courses in both the undergraduate EADP and MPA programs. His academic interests include emergency management theory, international disasters, community preparedness, response coordination, and vulnerability reduction. He has received several Quick Response Grants (funded by the National Science Foundation through the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado) which allowed him to conduct research on disasters in Peru, the Dominican Republic, Texas, New York and California.
1. Understanding a New National priority: 9/11, Homeland Security, and Emergency Management 1 2. Identifying Terrorism: Ideologically Motivated Acts of Violence 25 3. Recognizing the Causes of Terrorism: Differing Perspectives and the Role of Ideology 41 4. Comprehending Terrorists and Their Behavior: Who They are and What They Do 63 5. Uncovering the Dynamic Nature of Terrorism: History and Change over Time 87 6. Evaluating a Major Dilemma: Terrorism, the Media, and Censorship 107 7. Contemplating a Quandary: Terrorism, Security, andLiberty 125 8. Preventing Terrorist Attacks: Root Causes, Law, Intelligence, Counter-terrorism, and Border Control 141 9. Protecting against Potential Attacks: Threat Assessment and Security Enhancement 177 10. Preparing for the Unthinkable: Readiness for Terrorism 201 11. Responding to Attacks: Important Functions and Coordination Mechanisms 229 12. Recovering from Impacts: Short-term and Long-term Measures 257 13. Looking toward the Future: Forthcoming Challenges and Opportunities 281 Glossary 315 Index 327